Headband with Button Option for Medical Mask

Earlier today we came across a post in our Facebook Group by Coleen Rose Carlson. She stated that her 2020 resolution was to help change the world. Her friend, who is a nurse, asked her for headbands with buttons on them, in an attempt to reduce the friction from wearing masks constantly. Colleen decided to use our free Ear Warmer Pattern and modify it slightly with a button. We thought this idea was awesome, and we decided to instantly add this option to our pattern. Now you all can use this pattern as a headband with buttons and bring relief to those who need to wear medical masks. 

The pattern comes with instructions which include the new step of adding the buttons. To bring to your attention how easy this is to sew, I will take you through sewing the headband really quickly. I have just sewed it myself and it is ready in a breeze.

Download the Free Medical Mask Headband here
(Add the pattern to your cart, log in to your account, check out at no cost and get access to the pattern. **Please scroll to the bottom of this blog for more instructions.)

When you download the pattern from the site, you will find a button marking added: 

Make sure to transfer this marking to your fabric, using a fabric marker, pin or clip.

Then fold your fabric in half, clip/pin it together and sew. Turn the band inside out again. You will place the headband in front of you with the curve at the bottom. Then mark the middle of the left raw edge and the top of the right raw edge.

Place the headband with the right side up. Fold the right marked edge over, and underneath the left marked edge. Flip the right marked edge over in the direction of the top (the pin is at the top at the start and at the bottom after the flip). Line up the pin that came from the right side with the pin that marked the center of the left side. 

The next step is to fold over the bottom (center pin now mark the bottom) to the top and then the top over the fabric to the bottom. You can sew or serge this sandwiched side. 

Turn the headband inside out and this part is done. Now on to adding the buttons!

Place your button into position and hand sew it through both layers of fabric. Make sure to secure the ends and trim away the thread. Repeat this for the other button.

Et voila: your headband with buttons for medical masks is ready. 

(Written by: Manda Hoogstra-Rademaker)

**How To Download:

  1. Go to product page on website (https://www.ellieandmac.com/products/ear-warmer-pattern)
  2. Add item to your cart. Click Checkout.
  3. Create an account or log in. An account is required because this is how the digital files are delivered through email and stored for you in the account for quick access when needed.
  4. Continue checkout. You will not be charged. It will run the charge through as $0.00. Again, that is only for the process the website uses to send the digital files. We do not store your payment information.
  5. Download your pattern from your account or from your order receipt email.

When printing at home, make sure you use the print at home pieces. Those are located in the same file as the instructions (at the end). You can use the A0 file to print the pattern at a copy shop. 

P.S. If you want to have another visual on how to sew the headband, our new video is live as well: 

25 comments

We noticed some question on how to download or print the file.

**How To Download:

- Go to product page on website (https://www.ellieandmac.com/products/ear-warmer-pattern)
- Add item to your cart. Click Checkout.
- Create an account or log in. An account is required because this is how the digital files are delivered through email and stored for you in the account for quick access when needed.
- Continue checkout. You will not be charged. It will run the charge through as $0.00. Again, that is only for the process the website uses to send the digital files. We do not store your payment information.
- Download your pattern from your account or from your order receipt email.

When printing at home, make sure you use the print at home pieces. Those are located in the same file as the instructions (at the end). You can use the A0 file to print the pattern at a copy shop.

Manda April 11, 2020

I could download the pattern. Click on the pink Download the free medical headband here then set up an account. Worked fine.

Thank you…

Kimball April 11, 2020

I would like to start using this pattern but I am a novice. What size paper should I be printing this on? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Kelly April 11, 2020

Would new stretchy headbands that are bought from a store be accepted if the buttons were sewn on??? I have a bunch of new ones.

Stacy Hott April 11, 2020

What size button do you suggest using?

Michelle Charette April 11, 2020

I love your dress. You make it look so easy to make. Thank you.

Maria Merced April 11, 2020

They are so easy to make and so cute for the nurses . I gave 10 masks and 3 set of masks and headbands

Ilda Lopez April 11, 2020

Do the buttons Get sewn the same place regardless if you wear it with or without the knot, and ear warmer topside or upside down?

Jennifer Logan April 11, 2020

Any tips on material, I have a lot of material but none of it is knit or stretchy at all, I am trying to figure something out to help my daughters nursing home out or anyone else I can make them for, any kind of info will help me please. Thank you for your time

Terry Lee Zellmer April 11, 2020

Any tips on material, I have a lot of material but none of it is knit or stretchy at all, I am trying to figure something out to help my daughters nursing home out or anyone else I can make them for, any kind of info will help me please. Thank you for your time

Terry Lee Zellmer April 11, 2020

Do you use stretchy material? I can’t download the pattern. I’d like to make them for lab staff at our hospital. Thanks

Donna April 04, 2020

Hi I downloaded the pattern but how do I get it in actual size?

Susan Di Loreto April 04, 2020

What type of material are you using that make it stretchy?

Brianna Gwirtz April 04, 2020

Hi Celeste,

I have e-mailed you the pattern link. I am not sure why the link isn’t working for you. It should open the link in a new screen.

Manda April 03, 2020

Why can’t I download the headband with bottom pattern when I tap “click here” on this page. Thank you. My daughter works in the nursing home. Needs it desparately.

Celeste Ferris April 03, 2020

Please tell me where I can download the nurses headband pattern with buttons. I cannot find this on your site.

Janeene Uren April 03, 2020

What size button works best?

Karen April 03, 2020

This is the link to the pattern: https://www.ellieandmac.com/products/ear-warmer-pattern

Manda April 03, 2020

Can you tell me how to download this patterm?

Robin Garrett April 03, 2020

How many headbands can be made with each yard?

Mayela Canales April 03, 2020

Can we just use regular headbands (from the store/dollar store) and add buttons to them?

katie April 03, 2020

I cannot find the pattern for the nhs hospital headband x

K wright April 03, 2020

Hi Lorraine, I used cotton Lycra for this one, but you can use every knit fabric with 50% 4 way stretch and good recovery.

Manda April 03, 2020

what type of material do you use to make the headband looks like a stretchy type material?

lorraine April 03, 2020

Thank you! Making these for RN niece today!!!

Kathleen Jensen April 03, 2020

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