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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

T-shirt Headband Tutorial

I have a slight obsession with fabric headbands. My hair is fine, thick, and wavy, which most of the time equals unruly. I have found that throwing on a headband is the easiest way to control my crazy hair.

I made this headband last November and it quickly became my favorite headband. It's comfy, goes with lots of outfits, and the flowers add a little interest.

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So I thought it was time to make a few new ones. I used the same t-shirt as before. It is a super soft Gap shirt that I found at the thrift store. I bought it to actually wear, but it was too small. I have been holding on to the remnants for the perfect project. I made 3 different versions for my various needs.


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The first is a thinner headband to be used when my hair is not quite as unruly.

I started with a strip of t-shirt that is about 2.5 inches x 14 inches.

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Then I cut down the middle of the piece with my rotary cutter. Do not cut all the way to the end. Leave 3 inches or so uncut on each end.


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Make another cut just like the first one.

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Then another cut below.


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When you stretch the headband, the strips will curl up. You may have to turn your piece over depending on which side was up when you started cutting.


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Next take one end and fold the sides in like so.


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Then fold over again.


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Sandwich the elastic in between the folds.


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Zig zag the elastic in place. Then repeat with the other side.

My piece of elastic is 5 inches long. I would recommend sewing one end then trying it on to see how tight you want it. The elastic does stretch over time so I would go tighter rather than looser.

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I tried to photograph myself with the headband on and was not successful so I had to call in a model. Here you can see the headband scrunched together or pulled apart.

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I also have a favorite headband that I wear when I work out. Since it gets all sweaty and has to be washed frequently, I needed to have a back up. The one I have is store bought, but I knew that I could easily duplicate it.

I started with a larger piece of t-shirt. This one is extra wide to tame very unruly hair.

I used the hem of the t-shirt as the front of my headband. This piece is 4" x 14.5".

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All you do is fold the end accordion style like so.

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The hem will be on the top. It won't seem right, but trust me.

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Sandwich the elastic between the folds.

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Then zig zag and repeat on the other side.

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The third one that I made was a hybrid of the two previous headbands. I cut it into strips, but I used a wider piece of fabric.

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The options are endless.







12 comments:

Stacy said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Those look really comfy. I need to make some for Anya, since her hair is definitely on the unruly side, too. I should make one for working out, too, to get my bangs out of the way.

Christina said...

So fun and clever!! I like headbands...on anyone but me. :oP

My Little Cupcake said...

My hair is the same way! Thanks for posting this. I will have to try it soon :)
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carrie said...

yes! on my list it goes....

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

this is so cute! I definitely want to do this! I wanted to let you know about a linky party/tutorial post I have started. It is called Handmade Tuesdays and I feature a tutorial from a crafter and then I have a linky where people can link up their projects. Please come link up every Tuesday! :)

jami jensen said...

so cute! I might have to try these!
I LOVE wearing scarves and headbands!

Kimberly said...

I have a brown headband that I bought that is similar to these. I SO need to learn how to sew! Maybe 2011 will be the year I learn.

Mindy said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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Anne K. said...

Oh, good heavens! These could not possibly be any more adorable! Thanks so much for sharing such a fantastic idea!!!!

Run Lori Run said...

Thank you for another useful tutorial. Beanie loves headbands too so maybe I can whip one up this weekend. Maybe... :)

hair accessories said...

Those headbands are simply adorable. Such a great way to recycle old T-shirts! You always have such great ideas! Good job! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I have been hacking away at 1 yd of jersey fabric for weeks! I've come up with 3 versions of 1 headband and can't find a comfortable/cute way to stick the elastic. THANK YOU for showing me this!! I now have figured out how I can tailor my ends to fit the elastic and still keep the gathering effect i was going for :)

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