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DIY: Make Your Own Fabulous Headbands Using Old T-shirts

Updated on March 03, 2017

How to Make Easy Knotted Fabric Headbands and Fabric Flowers from Your Old T-Shirts

We love making these fashionable knotted headbands from our old t-shirts! It is so easy. We also got a bit carried away with our creative side also making a gorgeous plaited headband with a fabric flower, and a headband made from an old pair of denim using the same formula.

All these hair accessories were made from t-shirts and jeans we were going to throw out.

My daughter spends a fortune on hair accessories, as she loves experimenting with her hair, these headbands are delightfully easy for her to help me make. And again like our popular crocheted headbands, have become popular amongst her friends and she has even started taking orders.

She recently came home with her friends' old t-shirts and we had great fun making lots of these pretty headbands. Each 100% unique and if made from their favourite tees very personal to the wearer.

Re-Cycling T-shirt Craft Essentials—a Must Have Purchase for Any Crafty Person

A sharp pair of fabric scissors makes crafting with fabric so easy. I totally appreciate how much my crafting life was made easier when I used a friend's sharp fabric scissors.

I protect them with my life as I am sure my other scissors are used to cut anything and everything, I even found my husband using my craft scissors to pierce a hole into his new leather belt.

Rest assured he will not be trying that again.

But on a serious note if you are making anything from fabric, make sure you have a good set of dressmaking fabric scissors.

Knotted Fabric Headband Made from Old T-Shirts - These Headbands Are Cute and Totally Adorable

Creating the knot itself takes a little bit of getting used to. However, it was my daughter who pointed out the starting shapes are those of the "Think Pink" cancer ribbon.

The knot we used is the Carrick Bend as shown here.

How to Cut the Fabric for Your Headbands

Don't worry about wrinkly t-shirts! no ironing required, by the time you pull the strands the wrinkles disappear.

How to Make Your Headband Fit All Sizes - Getting a Good Fit for Your Headbands Is Easy

By finishing the ends of neatly and adding an elasticated hair band, this means the headbands can be made to an average size and then will fit most people.

We were making for teenage girls, but even this would work for adults and when making babies headbands.

Gather all the ends together and sew into place neatly fold over elastic hair band and tuck in all loose ends sew together, (Do not sew through the elastic headband make sure this is kept free to move around)

Upcycling and re cycling can be FUN

teaching our kids the importance of re-using-reducing and re-cycling.

Not only is this a great craft project, but I was struggling to engage a group of teenage girls in their Eco programme for school. I thought they were never going to buy into the whole reduce re-use re-cycle concept.

How wrong was I with a little bit of imagination, these girls were bringing in more old t-shirts destined for landfill than we could handle!

They also made that many creative hair bands that they started a stall in the school and raised funds for our next craft Eco Projects.

I now have, for the first time ever a waiting list to join the once seen as "geeky" eco club.

Create a flower Headband from Old T-shirts - Recycling your old clothes is great fun

Make your own fabric headbands
Make your own fabric headbands

Not only are some of the colors of t-shirts too cool for school but when mixed together they make awesome color combinations

How to make Fabric Flowers from Old T-shirts - So easy its childs play

Use a flower with 5 or 6 petals and cut ot several in each of your color.

Fold each petal into a quarter, then using a circle of material as the base you will start to build the Quarters up into a flower shape. You can either Glue or Sew these quarters to secure them.

How to complete your T-shirt Hair Band

fabric flower headbands
fabric flower headbands

Keep building up the petals into layers until you have reached your desired puffiness for the flower. This is completely personal taste.

Take several strands and plait them together to make the headband. and Attach flower just off center.

Finish the Back of the head band just like we did before to get a good fit (See HERE)

Bang on Trend DIY Denim Headband - so Cute

So easy to make following the same steps but cutting up an old pair of jeans. Perfect for the festivals this year.

Reducing Reusing and Recycling - Caring for your environment

Whether you are doing your bit for the environment just now or not, there are opportunities all around us to re-cycle many items and things we may otherwise have thrown out.

Mostly we give good clothes that have been grown out of to second hand stores for charity, but now we have found a great way to re-use some of them and give them a second life.

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FREE Fabric Flower Template - Print and go

some have asked if I could add a flower template. So here it is

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Did you like our Re-cycled TShirts as Headbands? - Do you have a great upycling project you want to tell us about?

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      anamonous 2 months ago

      looks cool :)

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      Anna 2 years ago from chichester

      I love the denim and the flower headbands! These are so cool, I'm going to make a ton of them!!

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      These turned out really well. Not at all what I was expecting. Great photos.

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      tonyaalves3 3 years ago

      What a great idea. I would never though of recycling old t-shirts. I have two daughters

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      maryseena 3 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. This is a great way of upcycling old t-shirts. Thanks for sharing.

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