having a bad hair day?
required to cover your hair at work?
a lover of 1970’s gear?
Then you might enjoy this headscarf pattern which I made after seeing a 1970’s one. It’s a scarf with the addition of a circle at the back to keep your hair in. I’ve been testing out the prototype while I renovate the hallway. It’s not as hot to wear as a hat and very good at keeping your hair protected.
Here’s my prototype. I made a few changes but this one is ok to wear.
Here’s the 1970’s vibe I was after. Can you tell?
The seam and hem allowances are all 1cm (it’s written on the crown pattern).
The crown pattern (single A4 page) can be downloaded here: Free pattern Headscarf crown pattern
Here’s a step-by-step:
Pattern Step 1: This pattern suits an “average” 56cm head with short-ish hair. For big heads, big hair, or long hair that you want to tuck in, add at least 2.5cm in width to the scarf part (ie 18cm + 2.5cm). It’s better to make it wider to start with then make it narrower if need be when it’s finished.
Pattern Step 2: Yes, I know, it’s hardly zero waste, is it? However, cutting out two or more together drastically decreases the average amount of fabric required.
Here’s mine during cutting out.
Sewing Step 1: This hem will sit at the back of your neck when the headscarf is worn.
Sew two rows of gathering stitches between the hem and the notch (one row on the 1cm seam allowance, the other between this row and the raw edge). Pull up the gathers to measure 6.5cm.
Sew with a 1cm seam allowance, then press the seam towards the scarf (the pressing makes Step 4 easier).
You’ll be sewing this from the wrong side, including topstitching the crown seam (which is why it’s important to press in the previous step).
A photo of the hem snipping taking place.
Laid flat the headscarf looks a bit like a bonnet.
With hair and ties tucked in, the back is very neat.