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DIY Turban Headband

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Something I’ve been in love with lately are tiny little turban headbands.  They are super cute, fashionable, and best of all, super easy to make!  The hardest part for me was figuring out how long to cut my fabric, but once I figured that out, I was good to go!

When Micah was born, she was mistaken for a boy on a regular basis.  Generally, unless your baby girl is dressed in pink with ruffles, people assume your baby is a boy.  UGH.  For some reason, I just refused to dress her in pink and ruffles all the time (I know, I’m the worst).  However, I did stumble upon simple solution – headbands!  If she was wearing a headband, people knew, just knew she was a girl somehow.  It’s magic, people.  MAGIC.

With another baby girl on the way, I know I will run into the same problem…  Because guess what – I still don’t plan to dress Baby Wren in pink and ruffles all the time (I know, I know – that’s just a lesson I’m unwilling to learn:).  So, I want to make lots of cute headbands for her (and some for Micah while I’m at it), to help her look cute and undoubtedly like a girl!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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– Knit fabric (make sure it has some stretch to it).  As usual, I got mine from Girl Charlee!
– Basic sewing supplies (scissors, measuring tape, sewing machine)

1.  Cut a strip of fabric using the measurements below, based on what size you’re aiming for.  Also, keep in mind that the more stretch your fabric has, the shorter you could cut to fit; the less stretch it has, the longer you will want to cut it.  Tip:  If you fold your fabric in half, you just have to measure 1/2 the length:).  I personally like a medium-width turban look, but feel free to make yours wider if you want a more full-width turban!
– Infant: 32″ long; 4″ wide
– Toddler: 36″ long; 4″ wide
– Big Kid/Adult: 40″ long; 4″ wide

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2.  Fold the strip length-wise with right sides together and sew all the way down, leaving both ends open.

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3.  Turn the tube right-side out.

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4.  Line up the ends and sew them together – cut off excess fabric.  You should now have one long, connected circle.

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5.  Hold on to each end of the circle and twist, then twist again.  Basically, it will feel like you twist twice, but you’re really only making sure you have one FULL twist, so that you have that cute little knot-turban for the next step.

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6.  Bring the two ends of the circle together (you are folding the whole thing in half at this point).  Now, you have the turban knot on one end and the back part of the headband on the other end.  If you prefer, you can stop here and simply put it on!  I personally added one final step, so that it wouldn’t come undone and I’d have to twist it every time I want to put it on the babe.  So, if you’d like to do that, there’s one more step!

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7. Make sure the back seam is where you want it and you like the look of your headband.  Then connect the previously sewn back seam to the other part of the back of the headband by sewing them together.  This just makes it stay in turban form, so that it doesn’t come undone, which means you won’t have to worry about twisting it every time you use it.

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Aaaaaand…  You’re done!  Wasn’t that one easy?  I would love to see your versions of these and hope you enjoyed.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook to keep up with what we’re up to next!

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14 Comments on “DIY Turban Headband

  1.  by  Amy Heinrich

    This will be my first attempt at making fabric headbands and I wanted to order my fabric from Girl Charlee as well. I see they have lots of different knit fabrics – do you have a preference of what works best, or any to stay away from?

    Thanks!!!!

    •  by  TabTodd

      Hi Amy! Great question – The BEST options are those that have 4-way stretch, because then you don’t have to worry about which way to cut the fabric. Even without a 4-way stretch, you’ll want a fabric with at least 50% stretch (girl charlee is usually great about describing the amount of stretch on each fabric:). I would avoid the ponte de roma, which I LOVE for making many things, but they are usually a bit heavier and less stretchy. Go for the light-weight, stretchy jersey knits and you should be good to go!

  2.  by  Heather

    Hi! I’m wondering how much fabric you ordered for a headband, and how much was left over? If I order one of their half yards off of girl Charlee, would that be enough? I’m thinking about trying to make little matching leggings for my newborn to go with the headband, do you think a yard would be enough for that, or could I get by with a half yard? Sorry- newbie mom/sewer here 😉 love the tutorial! I can’t wait to make one! Thanks!

    •  by  TabTodd

      Hi Heather – great question! You don’t need much fabric at all for the headband – basically, just one long 2″ wide strip. Yes, 1/2 yard should be enough if you are making a smaller size of leggings (up to 6/9 months). If you are planning to make the 2T leggings and a headband, you may need a little bit more.

  3.  by  Addison

    Question– Should we sew any other part to ensure that it stays in this position if we are giving it as a gift?

  4.  by  Jan

    Hi there! Thanks so much for sharing your cute pattern!
    Could you tell me the finished measurement of the band? Not stretched ( if that makes sense:) thanks Jan

  5.  by  Ivonne

    I don’t understand the last step very much. You see the back of the headband to the seam where the headband connects?

    •  by  TabTodd

      Hi Ivonne! Yes, you are really just sewing a line to connect the two back pieces together so that it doesn’t come undone – does that make sense?

  6.  by  Nikki Schleder

    Can you attach photos for how to FIX a headband once sewn together?? My daughter has several turban headbands that have unturbaned (haha) themselves and I have no idea how to fix them!

    •  by  TabTodd

      Oh no! That’s a good idea – maybe we’ll do a short post on that soon 🙂

  7.  by  Janel Trussell

    Hi. So even with the back sewn the knots come undone if not handled right. Is there a way to fix this? Is there a way tp knot it again while the back seam is already sewn?

    •  by  TabTodd

      Hi Janei! Sorry to hear that :(. I wish I had a solution for you, but I don’t… Perhaps someone else will weigh in…

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