How to make a turban headband
|Turban from an old T-Shirt|
Some DIY projects spring easily to mind. Others come about by default. The idea to make this turban came from a need to keep my ears warm after I went for a run on a particularly cold day in Scotland. My ears ached from the icy wind blowing inside.
I was looking for a headband or some kind of earmuffs at the sports shops. Most of the styles were awful. One salesman suggested I buy a – Buff – which was a great idea.
|Cut away the midsection of an old T-shirt|
Thing is, I’ve already got a Buff back home in South Africa and I didn’t particularly want to buy another one. A buff is essentially a tube of rib knit fabric that mostly sports people wear in myriad ways to protect from sweat, sun and chafing. See – here.
To make this turban headband, which also doubles up as a Buff,
You need: –
1 x old t-shirt
matching coloured thread
|Pin the T-Shirt making sure you cover the seam|
To make: –
1. Cut the top section, including the neck and sleeves, from your T-shirt.
2. Cut the bottom section including the hem from your T-shirt. The thicker the piece from the middle of the T-shirt that you are left with, the chunkier your turban headband will be.
3. Turn the T-shirt right way round and pin the sides so the over-locked seam is covered.
4. Sew where you have pinned to enclose the over-locked seam. You are making a French seam which encloses the ugly stitching making it invisible. See here – French Seam.
5. Using a needle, thread the loose threads back into the seam so they cannot be seen.
|Knotted turban headband|
6. Wind the turban twice around your head and arrange the folds of the fabric so they lie flat and look attractive. See images – turban headbands – to inspire you.
7. For a variation you can pin a glittery brooch to the front of your turban headband or wrap it once around your head and tie a knot like in the last photo.
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