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Simple Shower Turban to Sew

Updated on November 28, 2016
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

simple shower turban to sew
simple shower turban to sew

Would you like to make a simple shower turban that can also be used as a makeup turban? Ive made many of these shower turbans to give as gifts to family members and friends. My college and teenage granddaughters, and their mothers, love them and use theirs every day.

When I was writing and taking photos for this article, Haley, one of my granddaughters, agreed to pose for the photos showing how to wrap the turban. I appreciate her help.

Now that summer is about over, it is the perfect time to purchase beach towels because they are on clearance and you can get them at a terrific price. Last summer I purchased the towel that is shown in this article for $4.98. This plush type towel measured 34" x 62" and I made four turbans from it.Trust me when I say that you and anyone you make a shower turban will love it. And its super easy to make. Start making your Christmas gifts now!

Supplies Needed:

Beach towel, bath towel or terry cloth fabric

3/8" elastic

Pattern: Print out sections and tape together

Merged PDF files: Section A, Section B, Section C, Section D, Section E (this is blank), Section F

Plush Beach Towel

This is the beach towel that I paid $4.98 for. Of course I bought more of them because I wanted to make a lot of shower turban gifts. I like the plush type beach towel because I think it has a more expensive look, but regular beach towels would work also, as would large bath towels or terry cloth fabric. If the beach towels are purchased late summer, those towels are the best buy, cost wise.

Fold Towel in Half

Carefully fold the towel, making sure the edges are even. Lay your pattern on the towel to see which way gives you the most turbans. Pin and cut. Make a dot where the elastic will be inserted.

Four Turbans from a 34" x 62" Beach Towel

This photo just shows you how I was able to get four turbans cut from one beach towel.

Elastic Fastener

Cut a 4" piece of 3/8" wide elastic, fold it in half and insert it with the loop side to the inside, between the turban pieces. Pin or baste in place.

Sew the Rounded Edge

Sew the Rounded Edge

Sew the rounded edge of the shower turban in a 1/2" seam. I find that if I pin the edge to be sewn before I start sewing, that it keeps the fabrics from shifting.

Zig-Zag the Sewn Edge

With a wide zig-zag stitch, finish the sewn edge. This will keep the edge from fraying and also to contain the fuzz. Use a wide stitch, but with close length stitches.

Hem the Straight Side

Start hemming the turban at the top or bottom seam. I find that if I make a small slash in the seam, about 1/4" from the edge, and turn it the opposite direction as the rest of the seam, that it's easier to hem over the layers of fabric.

Four Shower Turbans From One Beach Towel

Shower turbans are so easy to make and a much appreciated gift. Be sure to try one for yourself. If you need to make the turban larger or smaller, just add or subtract a half inch or inch to the straighter side of the turban pattern.

How To Use The Shower Turban

I know that it seems like it should be really easy to know how to put the turban on, but just in case you'd like to see pictures, I've included these. Haley's hair wasn't wet when these pictures were taken. Wet hair would be easier to tuck into the turban.

Length of Hair Goes into Smaller Part

The picture shows how easy it is to tuck your long hair into the smaller part of the shower turban.

Do The Twist

Now just twist the small end of the turban with your hair tucked inside.

Slip End Into Elastic Loop

Now just slip the end into the elastic loop to hold your shower turban in place. Easy, wasn't it?The shower turban in place. Now you can put on your make up or curl up on the couch and watch a movie or read a book.

My Granddaughter Haley

Haley said I could repeat her remark about loving the shower turban and that she uses it all the time.

This looks like fun!

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      What a cool use for a beach towel. I love how this can be done for the good parts of a towel that has some damage.