A long time ago I promised a headcovering tutorial to one of our friends and blog readers 😀   They are pretty easy to make, but they require patience, which means that it  makes for a good project to do while you’re relaxing…but I’ll get back to that later 😉

First of all, you’ll need the pattern.  We have two FREE patterns for you to download and use, if you like 😀  The larger size is good for when you wear your hair up, especially if your hair is thicker and makes a large bun.  The finished size is approximately 15 1/2″ wide by 14 1/2″ long.


[the large headcovering]


The small headcovering is good for when you wear your hair down. It measures 13″ wide by 10 1/2″ long.

[small headcovering]


For the small headcovering pattern, click :here:  You’ll need to print it off twice and tape the two pieces together to create the whole pattern.


For the large headcovering pattern, click :here:   There are four pages which you can then tape together in order like the picture below.  I would suggest then tracing it off on some tracing paper, or some sew-in interfacing to make it easier to keep together and store for future use.


Next, you’ll need some really soft lace that drapes well.  I wish I could tell you that you can go to Joanns and get the nice lace they have there that looks just like this…but for some unfortunate reason, they quit carrying it.  Phooey Joanns, you forgot to consult with us before you made that very bad decision! So we are on the hunt for another good lace source.  It’s hard to shop for lace like this online because you have no idea how it lays!!!  If any of you find a source, do share!

This picture is an example of lace that drapes very well.  This is the kind of lace that Joanns used to carry.


Here’s an example of lace that doesn’t drape quite as well.  It works, but you have to ‘break’ it in, and the ‘breaking in’ process takes much too long…like several months long.



You absolutely don’t want lace like this that will stick straight off of your head…unless, of course, the stick-straight-off-your-head is your kind of style!  This was one of our headcovering lace purchases that didn’t work out so well.


You will also need some edging lace, which I can happily point you to Home Sew.com to get some 😀  Generally a flat 3/8″ to 5/8″ lace is good.  We’ve gotten this lace assortment before and it had lots of pretty lace.  It was nice because it gave you an assortment of laces, but it did have a couple that didn’t work well for headcoverings.  You could use them for other things though.   This one and this one are  good ones, too.


Now you take your newly traced pattern, and your soft drapey lace, and you  cut out one covering (or two, or more if you want more).   Pin or mark where the lace tuck will go.  The lace tuck not only is a nice way to end the lace, but it doubles as a ‘center front’ when you are putting it on and you want it to lay right.


Now you’ll need to thread your needle and knot one end of the thread.  Start sewing your edging lace on top of the right side of the headcovering lace. How do you know which side is the right side?  Some laces are tricky to tell, but usually the right side will have a little more shine to it and might look more ‘finished’.  If it’s really hard to tell, then it probably doesn’t matter which side you use 😀

You’re going to do a tiny running stitch all the way around the headcovering, attaching the edge lace to the edges of the headcovering.  It’s a very small ‘seam allowance’…maybe 1/4″ to 3/8″.  It doesn’t have to be exact.  When you’re starting the lace, place the end over the ‘lace tuck’ mark as shown.  Don’t pull the thread through really hard, or the knot will pop right through the lace.  I usually try to find a spot in the lace where the design is thicker, and then just pull the knot snug against the material.


Then stitch, stitch, stitch away!  Nice tiny even running stitches work well.  If they’re not all exactly even, don’t fret.  Mine aren’t either, and nobody will be inspecting the edges of your covering 😀  Also make sure the edging lace lays flat as you go.  If the seam allowance changes a little to accommodate the edging, that’s fine.


Now, stitch, stitch, stitching like this all by itself can be a little boring.  It can also be relaxing depending on your mood.  So some different ways you can make it more fun would be to listen to music or an audio book as you stitch your tiny stitches….


…or if you don’t get carsick, do it while going somewhere (but preferably when someone else is driving!).

By the way, you may notice that I didn’t measure and cut the edging lace.  I like to work right off of the card so I don’t waste any, or come up short.  However, if it’s too cumbersome to take the whole lace card with you, just make sure you cut off as much as you need, and a few inches more just to make sure you have enough.


And even better, bring it along when you’re going to visit a friend and you want to keep your hands busy 😀

More on this picture later…


By the time an hour or so has passed, you should be a pro at those tiny stitches, and you’ll almost be to the end!


Now you can cut off the lace!  You’ll need enough to fold over to make a tuck and meet the beginning of your edging lace…(see next picture)


 When I fold it over here, the end touches the beginning


 Finger-press it…



 And stitch through all layers.  You’ll be stitching through the headcovering lace, the beginning of the edging, as well as both layers of the folded over end of the edging.  Stitch it well.


Then after stitching along the bottom, I like to stitch around the tuck in a ‘square’ to keep all the layers together and hopefully keep it from wanting to ‘pop up’ when you’re wearing it.



On the back side of the covering, tie a couple of knots in the thicker areas of the lace.  I like to wrap the thread around my needle twice, then pull the thread through nice and snug.




Now you’re new headcovering is complete!  Yippee-dippity-doodle-yay! 😀


When we put the covering on, we weave a small straight pin through the lace (about where the arrow is) and to our hair.  It isn’t absolutely necessary, but does help keep the top secure.  If you have problems with it sliding back, put a hair clip right behind where the pin goes to keep the pin from sliding to the back.  Then you can secure the sides with two to four hair clips.  Hair clips are hard to find especially if you want all white ones.  You can order them through a mail-order catalog called GVS.  Unfortunately they don’t have a website, but you can call their number 1-800-398-2494 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday (Central time).  Or you can fax them 24 hrs at 1-800-758-0939.  You can also email them at sales@gvsdis.com and ask them for a free catalog.

How to wash and care for your headcovering:

My favorite thing to do is to make two headcoverings.  I’ll wear one for a week and wash the other, then the next week I’ll switch them again 🙂   Some of my sisters have a headcovering for church and then another one for the rest of the week.

You can wash them with your other whites in a mesh laundry bag in warm water, and then drape it over a hanger to dry (preferably not a metal hanger, so no rust gets on the covering!).  You can also hand wash it if you’d prefer.

You usually don’t have to iron them, but if you ever do, iron on a low setting AND place a hankie or a thin cloth over the lace before you iron.  We’ve melted one too many headcoverings by forgetting to use the cloth 😛



And now…just for fun…I’ll show you some ‘behind the scenes’ shots from making this tutorial 😀



Cassia was my photographer when I needed pictures of myself.  We both went barefoot outside to get some shots of what the coverings look like on our heads 😀


Then I asked Leah to be my chatty friend, so we sat on the couch and she ate her ice cream out of her mug while I sewed a few stitches and we tried to talk about something…but when you are pretending to be talking and you know a camera is shooting you, it seems immensely ridiculous and you can’t think of anything to ‘talk’ about 😀  So Anna sat on the piano bench and asked us questions out of her grammar and spelling book which we replied to, then laughed because it was so ridiculous.


Before we did the photoshoot in the living room, Anna came down the steps (with her spelling book) and said, “WHAT are you doing with my camera???” (because we had hijacked her nice camera…she was a dear and let us keep shooting with it :D)


Some funny pictures we got from our ‘conversation’ 😀


Both of us looking over at Anna as she asked us another spelling question…


 And this one…is so ridiculously funny 😀




It looks like I’m trying to figure out how to take away Leah’s mug or something…


 Laughing at our silly answers to Anna’s questions.  For not having anything to talk about, Cassia got some good pictures of us seemingly having a hilarious conversation!


{Charissa helping me out with my ‘music’ picture}


I do hope that this tutorial has been helpful for you.  If you have any questions or need clarification on any part, do comment and let me know so that I can improve it 😉

And if you made one and want to show us, share it on our Facebook page or put a link in the comments so we can see it, too!





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33 thoughts on “Headcovering {Tutorial}

  • January 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Those are beautiful :). I usually wear a plain white cotton ( old bed sheets work well lol) but I really, really like the lace. They are so pretty and feminine looking 🙂 – kelsye

    • January 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Lol Kelsye! I never thought of using old bed sheets…that’s a good idea 😀
      ♥miss you!

  • January 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    OR you can do like me ,
    which if I tried I would probably sew myself to it 😀
    Have them make you one 😀
    hahah bet that made Jessica and Susannah laugh lol

    • January 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      LOL Renee! I have actually sewn a vest to the skirt I was wearing, and done other things like that 😀 SO annoying! 😀 -Jessica

      • January 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        rofl Oh I bet the rest was busting out laughing rofl

  • January 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the Pattern! But I think I will still want to do it in lessons some time just to make sure we do it right. 😀

  • January 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    The lace head coverings are beautiful! I don’t think I have ever seen any as lovely as the one you made. They look wonderful on your head, the way they lay . I love your blog and I will be following it! Renee has told me alot about you all and I’ve seen your how-to videos on youtube. They are very easy to understand and the recipes adn patterns are so easy to make. Thank you for so much helpful information!
    Hugs, Paula

  • January 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks sooo much for sharing! We’ve been wanting to make our own. God bless you sisters. ~Hannah and Bethany

  • January 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who struggles to find fabric that drapes properly! Or maybe I’m NOT glad to know that, actually…I’d love to find a source…but you know what I mean!

    • January 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Lol, yes I do know what you mean! 😀 A friend on facebook recommended this place…maybe you already saw it 😀



  • January 18, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Thanks for posting that! I would like to try that sometime! 🙂 I love all the photos!

    Love ~*Chantelle*~

    • January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Chantelle! 🙂

  • January 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Very good article! I’ll share it on facebook for some of my etsy buyers who would like to make their own. God bless.

    • January 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Thank you, Jane!

  • January 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Hi! I’ve just discovered you via another favourite blogger (http://kindredofthequietway.blogspot.co.uk/). I’ve been wanting to look for headcovering patterns, so this post is really timely. And I looooooovvvvvve the dresses you wear! Am now going to explore more ……. blessings to you all x x

  • January 19, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hey Jessica how do you pin your hair up?
    I wear a flat bun or if I am wearing one of my longer covers I wear a french twist

    • January 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

      I wear mine up in a bun, but mine isn’t flat 🙂 -Jessica

  • January 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrg I am out of ink :'(

  • January 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for posting!
    I think these headcoverings are lovely. I might print the pattern in case I ever get any lace that pretty.
    Why would Joann’s stop carrying lace that pretty? Any sewing tutorials you do are good- the photos of you trying to talk naturally while sewing are great.

  • January 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    What an excellent tutorial! I wish you girls lived next door : ) My daughter and I got a great laugh from the photos of you all having so much fun. Thank you for the patterns and the awesomely concise directions!
    Mary in SD

  • January 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I Love mine Jessica 🙂

  • February 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I’ve worn a similar veil for years, but made out of a black polyester crepe fabric. Do you think that would work?

    • February 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I don’t know…I’ve never worked with that type of material, but I think it would be worth a try! 🙂 -Jessica

  • July 20, 2013 at 9:42 am

    This is such a great article! Your tutorial was wonderful, but the sweet pictures of you and your sisters are the best! How encouraging—thank you for sharing your family with us!

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been buying my lace coverings from a couple of ladies online, but I really like to be able to make my own. Hopefully, I will do well following your instructions! 🙂

    I also wanted to mention that your “Older Posts” link at the bottom of your home page just keeps returning you to the home page. It makes it difficult to read back through your posts without having to use the archives. Even that becomes problematic since you still can only read several posts per page without having to use the “Older Posts” link that isn’t working. Hope you can fix this! Thanks!

    • October 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you, Gail! I hope making your own head covering goes really well for you 🙂

      Thanks for the heads up on the ‘Older Posts’ link, too…that’s a problem we have not yet figured out how to get rid of, but we’re hoping to get that fixed in the near-ish future 🙂

      One way to go back through all of the posts is if you click on a single post, the previous post’s link is at the bottom. It’s hard to skip around that way, but that’s one way to do it 😉


  • January 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I love your dresses! Do you sew your own (probably)? The headcoverings are beautiful…do you always wear lace? Thank you for sharing!!

    Blessings! Debra

    • January 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you, Debra! Yes, we do make our own dresses 🙂 And yes! Lace is our favorite 🙂 We used to have some ‘everyday’ ones that were made from white cloth, but we all liked the lace ones better, so now that’s all we wear 🙂

    • January 16, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for the idea! We don’t have a Hancock’s near us, but there’s one that we do visit occasionally. We’ll have to look there 🙂

  • November 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm


    Thanks for sharing so many things with us.

    I didnt get the pin into the lace part n how to fix it to my hair. I guess its because its not my mothertongue.
    Do u know a video on youtube where it is shown?

    Thanx a lot…

    Greatings from switzerland


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