How to Make a Headband from an Old T-Shirt

comments (15) April 21st, 2009     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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Topstitching is an easy way to brighten up your piece and add a custom touch.
The tie design keeps this project simple to sew, and makes for a headband that fits any size.
Using a T-shirt with a picture can make for a fun, playful headband design!
Topstitching is an easy way to brighten up your piece and add a custom touch.

Topstitching is an easy way to brighten up your piece and add a custom touch.

Photo: Lee Meredith
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When you're done embellishing, tie it on and admire your new look!


Tie it comfortably under your head, just as tight as you want.

You can style the headband either to hold all your hair back out of your face, or just keep your bangs in place, however you like. (My bangs are currently growing out and constantly in need of adjustment!)


I love using a headband to keep my hair under control in warm weather.

This green tie-dye headband was stamped with a linoleum block print before sewing the seam.


Printing is a fun way to embellish the headband, but do it before sewing so the surface is flat.

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Comments (15)

whimwham writes: Super cute! Love these. Great way to use up those t shirt scraps too. :)
Posted: 12:21 am on August 12th
humel writes: This is great :-) I made one for my daughter - you can see it here: http://ispeakmelsh.blogspot.com/2010/07/ahoy-there-me-hearties.html Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 8:58 am on July 17th
clothingeng writes: What a cute idea...thanks!
Posted: 10:44 am on June 30th
poodleloverdlj writes: I wanted a sweat band, not a head band. It's HOT!
Posted: 9:54 pm on June 23rd
BellaPerlaJewelry writes: i love to make things out of t-shirts, this was great
Posted: 1:12 pm on November 23rd
FriendyWendy writes: love it, love it, love it! wahoo - high five!...neighbor!
Posted: 10:17 pm on July 17th
DEBDIDIT writes: going to make one right now...THANK YOU
Posted: 5:23 pm on July 7th
hehehaha_samantha writes: WOO....VERY VERY GOOG IDEA TO RECYCLE MY VINTAGE T SHIRT,THANKS
Posted: 5:17 am on June 8th
smartstyle writes: Loven it!!
Posted: 7:02 pm on May 17th
Dora_Quevedo writes: This is great, so very practical! Thanks a bunch!
Posted: 2:45 pm on May 10th
tamdoll writes: This looks like a fun project. I don't wear them, but I'm going to forward this to my girls and see if they want me to make some for them.
Thanks!
Posted: 11:29 am on April 25th
paperrain writes: FAB!
Posted: 7:19 pm on April 22nd
doms218 writes: i LOVE headbands too! i'm cutting my tee shirts today... just have to figure out how to use my "new" sewing machine :)
Posted: 3:21 pm on April 22nd
MGgallery writes: These headbands are great, Lee. I love to repurpose old t shirts. It's always too sad to throw them out. Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 11:22 am on April 21st
sarahbcraw writes: Ooh great idea! I love headbands, so I def want to try this.
Posted: 6:30 am on April 21st
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