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


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!

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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.

FREE Fabric Flower Template - Print and go


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

We love hearing what our visitors have to say, Your comments are most appreciated.

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

anamonous on December 30, 2016:

looks cool :)

Anna from chichester on July 11, 2014:

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

Lynda Makara from California on February 01, 2014:

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

tonyaalves3 on August 05, 2013:

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

maryseena on July 27, 2013:

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

theblahqueen on July 27, 2013:

@EzLoanLookUp LM: Very Cute

EzLoanLookUp LM on July 26, 2013:

OMG...How cute!

diegocomercio on July 24, 2013:

Hi Lisa. I like your lens very much. I have 3 daughters and i think this can be a nice project to do together. By the way the idea of reusing or recycling is great and my girls like it

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on July 24, 2013:

Lisa - you are just too clever for words! Well done, my dear. And a big, big congratulations on "Lens of the Day" and winning the 'So Crafty' award. Well deserved -- you are 'definitely' a 'crafty' person!

clouda9 lm on July 23, 2013:

So darn clever and cute, cute!

CoeGurl on July 23, 2013:

Fantastic instructions! I love the Carrick Bend knot, it's very pretty. Congratulations on LoTD!

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on July 23, 2013:

Very creative headband and it looks great.

shahedashaikh on July 23, 2013:

Thanks for the step by step instructions and what an innovative idea.A well deserved LOTD.Congratulations

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on July 23, 2013:

Nice lens , beautiful skills and recycling tips , thanks for sharing

MicheleWebber on July 23, 2013:

Fantastic, such clear instructions, many people will find this useful. Congrats on LOTD!

philipcaddick on July 23, 2013:

Very interesting, a great use for old clothes, great reusing rather than dumping the clothes. Iwish manufacturers would work more at fixing and reusing rather than replacing.

msseiboi on July 23, 2013:

Very creative...

Inndise on July 22, 2013:

I love projects and will give this a go. Thanks for sharing this on a lens.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on July 22, 2013:

This was an excellent lens, LisaAuch! Congratulations on your well-deserved LOTD! Very useful, unique and creative!!!

anonymous on July 22, 2013:

Recycling and re-purposing always helps. Congratulations on getting the Purple Star and LotD!

Takkhis on July 22, 2013:

Congrats on the LOTD and it is a great lens, no doubt about that! :)

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on July 22, 2013:

Great Idea recycling T-shirts. I used to recycle them by turning them into woven rugs. I used to do that with the pantyhoses too.

Mary Stephenson from California on July 22, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD. I am all for recycling if at all possible. I remade a couple of jump suits into a couple of tops. Kept the bottom parts for other projects.

k4shmir on July 22, 2013:

Interesting. thanks for sharing.

ingridpalmer on July 22, 2013:

Beautiful and well deserved.

DebMartin on July 22, 2013:

Well done lens. Deserved the LotD for sure. And a pretty cool idea.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 22, 2013:

Congrats on your win. Well deserved.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on July 22, 2013:

Stopping back by to congratulate you on LotD. Enjoy the ride and afterglow. :-)

myneverboredhands on July 22, 2013:

Great idea for a family re-cycling project:)

Congratulations on LOTD, Lisa!

Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on July 22, 2013:

Great idea. I love the idea of re-using anything that is no longer needed in some other way. Congrats on LOTD. :-)

Marika from Cyprus on July 22, 2013:

Awesome idea, I really like this one and with my many old tshirts, I will definitely attempt to do it. Congrats on the LOTD!

SteveKaye on July 22, 2013:

Great lens with excellent, clear directions. Congratulation on receiving the LOTD. Now I need longer hair so I can wear these things.

Ruthi on July 22, 2013:

Your T-Shirt headbands and your model are absolutely awesome! Congratulations on winning the So Crafty Club challenge, Lisa!

LilyBird on July 22, 2013:

Love this! Thanks for the idea and great instructions. I will share these headbands with my nieces, they'll love them also. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

LilyBird on July 22, 2013:

Love this! Thanks for the idea and great instructions. I will share these headbands with my nieces, they'll love them also. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

lewisgirl on July 22, 2013:

Nice lens. With this hot weather I was looking for a headband while working in the garden. Congrats on LOTD!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on July 22, 2013:

Awesome. Pinned to my crafts board too. Looks like your daughter will be fabulously accessorized when she's beating more boys at her next tournament ;)

infobisnis on July 22, 2013:

well done

EpicEra on July 22, 2013:

Love them! Great upcycling craft idea and love the photos and family involvement too :)

Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on July 22, 2013:

@Hannah Writes: Wow what a fantastic Idea for the Brownies and Girl scouts! I do hope they find the page :)

treasuresabound on July 22, 2013:

I really love these headbands, very unique and creative. I will have to try making some too. Good job and congratulations on LOTD.

SusanAston on July 22, 2013:

Great ideas.

Torrs13 on July 22, 2013:

I like this idea a lot! Very unique and easy for anyone to do. Adding the elastic hair tie so that the headband fits any size is a smart idea!

amosvee on July 22, 2013:

FInally, something cool to do with all those "favorite old t-shirts" I've saved up.

LUMOSE on July 22, 2013:

Great lens.

Jogalog on July 22, 2013:

I love this idea and I think my daughter would look really cute with one of these.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 22, 2013:

Love this! I'll have to share this with my daughters-in-law. Great idea, beautifully documented, and a family affair at that - perfect! Congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

Christine Hulme from SE Kent, England on July 22, 2013:

A lovely idea and a nice clear page to share with us.

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on July 22, 2013:

Very creative. Congrats on your LOTD and purple star!

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on July 22, 2013:

A great idea! Your LOTD is well-deserved!

Debbie from England on July 22, 2013:

Congrats on a well deserved LOTD! So nice to see photographs taken by the lensmaster themselves rather than images taken from the net mixed with an original idea and such creativity! You are so talented!!

katiecolette on July 22, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD, Lisa :) Definitely sharing this tutorial on a few group boards on Pinterest!

LadyDuck on July 22, 2013:

Congratulations, great recycling ideas.

Hannah Writes on July 22, 2013:

This is a wonderful craft for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts wanting to earn the Art to Wear Badge. It reinforces the part of the Girl Scout Promise that says "Use Resources Wisely". I've bookmarked this page for future reference!

Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on July 22, 2013:

Great idea - these are very colorful and fun! Congrats on your LoTD and purple star! =)

Missmerfaery444 on July 22, 2013:

And congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD! :)

Missmerfaery444 on July 22, 2013:

Fantastic idea - the more we can reuse old things to make beautiful new ones, the better!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 22, 2013:

I've seen a lot of things made from t-shirts but never head bands. What a great idea! The flower headband is really pretty.

Katherine Tyrrell from London on July 22, 2013:

Lovely idea - recycles the old T shirts, keeps the teenagers occupied during the summer holidays plus unique and free new headwear - what's not to like?! :D

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 22, 2013:

These are a very pretty accessory and much more meaningful to the girls than a bought headband would be! Great idea well done on LOTD.

phamhongchien88 on July 22, 2013:

Good idea. it so cute

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on July 22, 2013:

Major congrats on LOTD! Super fun lens.

RaintreeAnnie from UK on July 22, 2013:

Just back to say - Congratulations on LOTD!! :)

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on July 22, 2013:

Congrats on a well-deserved LOTD! :)

poppy mercer from London on July 22, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD . Our TShirts usually end up as polishing rags, but yours is a far more creative idea.

savateuse on July 22, 2013:

Congratulations! Well-deserved LOTD!

anonymous on July 21, 2013:

This is so so so nice. congrats and you have saved my nieces and girl friends on spending their bucks for buying headbands.

Julia Morais on July 21, 2013:

Used to feel sad about throwing my old Ts away, since some of them were in no condition to be given to charity either. Now, I see hope for my T-shirts. Great lens. I'm bookmarking this one.

EmmaBrown1 on July 21, 2013:

I really like your idea and I will try to make the first headband for my daughter. She will love it :)

rattie lm on July 21, 2013:

This is just delightful. Have bookmarked this for a craft lesson. Thanks!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on July 21, 2013:

YES! Congratulations on LOTD! Wonderful and I'm so glad you won! YAY!

MaggiePowell on July 21, 2013:

passing this on to my daughter... thanks!

sybil watson on July 21, 2013:

What a great idea! This would be a fun and practical project for a teenager to do over summer break.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on July 21, 2013:

These are great! I love reusing old stuff to make something new. Way to go on LotD!!

getmoreinfo on July 21, 2013:

This is very cute, I like the idea of recycling and re-purposing clothes. These headbands are original and unique, great project for being creative.

RaintreeAnnie from UK on July 21, 2013:

Love this!! What an inventive idea. Very pretty and practical. Love that you and your daughter created these together too :)

Scott A McCray on July 21, 2013:

Very cool - sharing this with my nieces!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on July 20, 2013:

I think this is the most terrific crafting idea I've heard in a long time. T-shirts are eventually discarded and trashed....this idea gives them another life. Voting for your lens!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on July 20, 2013:

Cute, cute, cute! Love all of these creations. Beautifully done.

Barbara Walton from France on July 20, 2013:

I love the idea of reusing old things (to the point that I've filled a whole BARN with 'useful materials'. The old T shirts generally go to dusters and painting rages though. Some much more creative ideas here!

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on July 19, 2013:

I love the flower

Corrinna Johnson from BC, Canada on July 09, 2013:

Just plain AWESOME! I will be doing these with my tween daughter this weekend. I bought a huge bag of t-shirts the other day at the thrift store for crafting AND my daughter has been complaining the last couple of days that she can't find any headbands.

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on July 02, 2013:

I have never thought of using T-shirts to make a headband! I have to show your ideas to my son's friend, she loves doing crafts!

Elizabeth Lynn Westbay from United States on July 01, 2013:

I will be making some of these for this next school year, I have been going through my old clothes and setting them aside so I can craft with them.

NibsyNell on June 28, 2013:

What a great idea! I love the denim one! :)

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on June 27, 2013:

You have some really nice headbands here. Love the recycling. Great article.

anonymous on June 25, 2013:

Great article! Pinned :)

ShelbyLinMarie on June 25, 2013:

Love this lens!! I love re-cycling ideas and projects. Thanks!

electrolion on June 25, 2013:

Great ideas here. Thanks.

lesliesinclair on June 24, 2013:

This is one super idea and you've illustrated it beautifully. I like this craft for kids or anyone who has a use for headbands.

ChristyZ on June 24, 2013:

What a great idea, I love the hairbands you and your daughter created, very cool!

anonymous on June 24, 2013:

I love this idea Lisa and thank you for featuring my Organic Tote. Being married to a "Landfill Gas Expert" I know all about what happens underground in a landfill site and it is not pretty - it also smells pretty bad too. So the more we can re-use and recycle the better it is for everyone - particularly our children and grandchildren.

anonymous on June 24, 2013:

Brilliant! I love it!

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