Simple Tie-Back Headband to Ease Face Mask Ear Issues

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You may have seen social media posts about healthcare workers asking for headbands because the extended time wearing face masks is causing sore spots around the backs of ears. There are several different patterns out there, but we received a few “tie back” headbands today, and wanted to share a pattern for those as well.

Strip of fabric, 45” x 3” (or 45″ x 2½”*)
12” x 1″ piece of interfacing (optional)
2 – 1” buttons

Fold fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press. Fold raw edges (both lengthwise and short ends) under ½” and press. Using a zig-zag stitch, hem all raw edges, reinforcing by back-stitching at short ends.

Fold hemmed strip in half and mark for button placement at 5 ¼” from center on each side. Center button on fabric strip at mark and secure by hand or machine stitch.

OPTIONAL: If you want to add more body to the band that goes across the front of the head, a 12” strip of interfacing can be added to the wrong side, so that it extends 6” on each side from center (just enough to encompass the button placement). Add interfacing after pressing strip in half so that one edge is flush to the crease.

*If you prefer to only fold-under ¼” before stitching, then 2½” wide is enough.