Saturday, January 19, 2013

DIY: Upcycled T-shirt Headband Tutorial

Do you have an old t-shirt that you don't want to part with? How about making a headband from that t-shirt?

I love repurposing things that I am not currently using. I had a t-shirt from Scott that I made into a scarf. I didn't want to throw away the shirt, but it was beyond wear! You can see about that here.

Well, that left me with some knit scraps that were too good to just throw away. I went on a little bit of a headband craze.

I don't have much of a headband head, but these work well for me. Plus they are super comfy. Double bonus, I got to use up some material that was sitting in my closet...sometimes this causes an explosion. Or maybe most of the time. 

Here is how I made them. There is a lot of variety in how you can make these! My example will show you how to make these from a large adults t-shirt.

What to cut
Cut 2 1" strips under the armpit of the shirt, using the whole circumference. I cut mine in half so that I had   just one long strip. 
Cut 2 1" strips that are 10 inches long.
Cut 2 pieces that are 2" by 3".

Here are the strips being cut. I used a rotary cutter. 

I then pulled on the fabric and wrapped them around. You can use 1 or 2 strips depending on how thick you want your headband to be. 

The next part is where it gets a little tricky. Just follow the next 3 pictures! You can do it!

I then pinned the 10" pieces onto what I just tied. You can hot glue this if you would rather.

I then sewed this together.

A little trick to save thread, sew these two ends back to back. I usually sew a lot of these at once so this saves a lot of pulling and cutting!

 I then take the 2- 3" strips and hot glue them around where I sewed. I like how this looks better! 

This last time of making these, I ended up with second degree burns on my finger so be careful with your hot glue gun!

Let me know if you have any questions.

I also would love to see if you decide to make this, link up some pictures.

Interested in making this in the future? Make sure that you pin it so that you can!


  1. So cute!! Love this. I'm so glad you shared at Romance on a dime.

  2. I have 4 daughter and 5 kids...and hundreds of t shirts I need to find good homes for. I will be making these for my girls on my nights off this week and put use to some of those shirts. Thank you for the awesome tutorial. Your little model has darling hair!

    1. I hope that you all have fun making them! I good assembly line works great when making several of them. Enjoy!


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