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DIY Turban Headband | How to Make a Turban Headband

I’m obsessed with the turban trend. These chick turban style headbands are so pretty, add a nice twist to your style and are a great cover up for a bad hair day! On top of that they are a great scrap buster project!

A stylish “twist“ of the regular headband design that is both practical and fashionable. Even if you’re wearing nothing but a swimsuit, this DIY turban headband can give your look a bit of flair and that fancy edge. And you can also combine it with most of your outfit combinations. If you like the sound of that, you will love this article. Because it will show you exactly how to make a turban headband that was just mentioned.

Below you will find my step by step twist turban headband written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Turban Headband

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How to Sew a Turban Headband

Watch the diy twisted turban headband video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Prepare the fabric

Start this project by washing the fabric thoroughly and pressing it flat with your iron. This will prevent any unwanted deformations or shrinkage from occurring later on when you use the headband and wash it for the first time.

The edges of knit fabric tend to curl. Press them with a hot iron on both sides, this will help straighten them out and make cutting much easier.

After you have done that, lay the fabric so that the shorter edges are on the sides.

STEP 2: Cut fabric

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 5 inches wide. The length should be the circumference of head. Mine is 21 inches, so I cut 2 strips of different fabrics (one pink and one blue), each 5 x 21″.

STEP 3: Stitch

Fold the fabric piece in half horizontally (lengthwise), and align the edges. Keep the right sides together when you are folding the fabric. Pin or clip in place.

Using a quarter-inch allowance, sew across the long edges that aren’t connected. Use a serger machine if you have one. If you don’t, use your regular sewing machine but set it on zig-zag stitching mode.

Repeat this for the other piece of fabric as well.

STEP 4: Turn the tubes inside-out

Now you will have two tubes of fabric. You will need to turn them both. Attach a safety pin to one open end of the tube. Then just pull the pin through the tube.

This can be a bit tricky due to the length of the tube, so be patient and go slowly.

If you’re having trouble turning them inside-out, you can use one trick to quickly and easily accomplish the feat. Use a tube turner and voila! You turned the whole thing in a flash.

STEP 5: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Put both fabrics on your workspace on top of each other, stitch lines facing each other, so that they form an X mark.

Grab one of the ends of the bottom piece and pull it towards its other end, aligning the short raw edges. Pin them in place. Repeat the process with the other fabric piece.

Bring all four ends together and pin them in place.

STEP 6: Final stitching

Set your sewing machine to sew with a quarter-inch sewing allowance. Now sew across the two edges you just aligned. Make sure to go through all four layers of the fabric.

If you are an OCD like me and you are sewing a two-color headband, make sure to use different colors for the top and bobbin thread to match the colors of the headband.

TIP: Use the a folded piece of fabric to level the foot with the bed of the machine. This will ensure it will go through all layers without difficulties.

If you have a serger sewing machine, use it here.

STEP 7: Turn the twisted headband RSO

Flip the headband so that the raw edge goes against your head. Your twisted headband is now officially finished!

That’s it your diy turban headband is ready!

Twist turban headband OPTIONS:

  1. COLOR: Use two different fabrics to make your headband really stand out. Use the same fabric for both pieces for a more classy look.
  2. WIDTH: Wider fabrics will add more volume to the headband. I’ve gone as low as 3.5 inches, and as high as 7 inches for the width.

Did you make yourself this chick DIY turban headband? How did it turn out? Try making one and let us know how it turned out. If you have some suggestions on how to improve this project, share them with us in the comment section below. Now that you know how to make a turban headband, make a bunch of those lovely twisted turban headbands to match different outfits or to give your besties. They are the perfect balance between fun, functional and stylish!


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Emma Peach - August 19, 2020

It looks great! I often wear headbands to keep my hair out of my face. Thanks for linking up!

Emma xxx

amy - September 14, 2020

I love these kind of headbands! Thanks for the simple tutorial. Pinned!

    Helen - September 15, 2020

    Thanks so much, Amy!

Unes Rose - December 31, 2020

I’m so glad I stumbled on your site. Made many 3D masks and got beautiful sequined placemats for clutch bag as gifts and then realized nobody I know is about to go to a fancy affair in the near future. My question is where to get those cool clips you use instead of pins?

    Helen - January 2, 2021

    The easiest way to get them online is from amazon. There is a link to a good set in the supplies and tools section 🙂
    I love mine

    Betsy - August 9, 2021

    I just got a bunch of them (a 6 pack of small ones) at the Dollar Tree. The first time I used them I didn’t care for them, but once I got to sewing, I love them and plan to get more! You can even use clothespins 🙂


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