I’ve experienced migraine headaches my entire life. I’ve tried all sorts of remedies, and I do have prescription medicine to help manage the pain.
I’ve told my husband many times that I wished there was some type of headache wrap that I could wear because I tend to use my hands to press against my forehead for some relief. My hands get tired after a few minutes, ugh!
So, why not make something myself? Although this migraine relief headband won’t cure your achy head, it might help relieve the pain.
- Basic sewing supplies
- Knit or other stretchy fabric
- A sewing machine needle suitable for sewing on knit fabric
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tape
Migraine Relief Headband Tutorial
- Use the measuring tape to measure your head, centering the tape in the middle of your forehead.
- Subtract 2-inches from the measurement to get your headband length.
- Cut a piece of fabric to your headband length by 5-inches wide. For example, my head measured at 20-inches. I use a piece of knit fabric that is 18-inches long by 5-inches wide.
- Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, and hold together with clips or pins.
- Sew the long edge using a 1/4-inch seam. Be sure to back stitch at both ends. I like to use a stiletto to help feed the fabric through the machine.
- Fold one short edge over, wrong sides together.
- Sew the short edge with a 1/4-inch seam. You only need to fold this seam once.
- Turn the headband inside out. The right side of the fabric should now be on the outside.
- Insert the raw short edge into the sewn short edge, about 1/4-inch. Use clips to hold the ends together.
- Sew the two short edges together along the earlier stitching line, and remember to back stitch. You can use the headband now or go to the next step.
- Fold the stitched short seam in half, right sides together.
- Stitch using a 1/4-inch seam. I like this final step because it gives the headband a nice finish.
Your headband is now finished and ready to wear! It should fit tightly against your forehead so that the compression offers a little relief.
If you do not have allergies to fragrances, you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the headband.
I’m making a few of these headbands using different knit prints because they can also be used for exercise or hiking headbands. My bangs continue to grow longer and longer during COVID-19, and I’ve decided to let my hair grow out a bit before visiting my hairdresser. These headbands will come in handy during this awkward hair phase!
Happy sewing and I hope these headbands help with your migraine pain.