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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The green shirt was huge, making a superlong strip, so the ends hang long in the back when tied on normally...


This fabric is a ribbed knit, making it stretchier than normal T-shirt fabric.

...or I can double wrap it around my head for a thicker, wider headband look:


An extra-large shirt can give you more options for headband styling.

This shirt, on the other hand, had an image I wanted on the headband that was up where the arms were on the shirt, so I couldn't cut a loop. So I made a shorter headband and added buttons for closure since it was too short to tie closed.


Using the picture on a silly T-shirt can make for a fun, quirky headband!

The button closure is a good backup option if you want to use a small kid's shirt or any recycled knit fabric that's too short to make a long enough strip to tie.


I like this one for a different look.

Another option, if you want to use a T-shirt image up by the arms but you want your headband to tie, would be to cut multiple strip pieces and sew them together into a longer strip. Recycled T-shirts are such a fun material to work with—be creative and have fun with it!

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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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