I was given a twisted fabric turban headband as a gift for my birthday and I absolutely love it. It’s extremely comfortable and very cute. It’s versatile enough that I can wear it for a fancy night out or on a dirty hair day. I love it so much that I wanted to get a bunch in a variety of colors, but I didn’t want to spend $15 each. I knew I could make one, though! It’s really, really easy.
(PS I uploaded a quick video to last week’s cowl tutorial, if you’re a video learner!)
To make a turban headband, you need:
stretchy jersey knit (the grey is 60% cotton, 40% polyester, the purple is 100% nylon)
First, cut your fabric. I suggest making it between three and four inches wide (it’s four inches wide in this tutorial). The length will depend on the fabric’s stretch and your personal comfort level. You want it to be snug enough to stay on your head, but not uncomfortably tight! That being said, I generally start with about forty inches of fabric and trim from there after twisting it on my own noggin. The cotton/poly blend I used here is thirty-nine inches long. This is where I confess that the Spohr children don’t just get their big heads from their daddy…I have a good-sized melon, too. Shhhh.
Fold your fabric in half so it looks exactly like the picture above.
Fold the bottom piece up as pictured.
Fold the long piece over the top piece and line up the edges, like the above photo.
Flip the fabric so the top is now the bottom – the above photo and the one just above that are mirror images of each other, and that’s what you want.
Fold the piece that was hanging down to the left, so it lines up with the edge.
Adjust your fabric so the two ends overlap by about half an inch.
Pin your fabric in place – there should be three layers of fabric that you are pinning together!
With your pins in place, the headband should look like this.
This is the twist detail that gives the headband its “turban” name.
Get to sewing! Because the fabric is stretchy, I sewed a few lines to make sure it was extra-secure. A sewing machine would achieve this nicely, just saying. When you’re done sewing, turn the headband so the part with the overlapping fabric goes against the head.
There are lots of different ways you can wear it. Annie likes wearing it with her hair down.
Although I think it can really dress up a ponytail or bun:
Have fun creating, and if you have any questions, let me know!