I recently came across a tutorial on Pinterest for making yarn out of old t-shirts. My mind immediately jumped to the three boxes of cut apart t-shirts in my attic- the beginnings of a t-shirt quilt I started back in high school. In fact, I had already resolved to finish said quilt this year before I get married- but what to do with all the left over fabric? So when I found the t-shirt yarn tutorial, I was pumped! I got the boxes out immediately and made a few balls.
And then I made a few more…
And then I made a few more, and when I had made about 15 balls, I realized that I had no idea what I was going to do with all this yarn. I tried crocheting with it, but it’s pretty thick and was a little tough to work with, so I started looking online at t-shirt yarn projects and found a plethora of ideas, including t-shirt yarn rugs, necklaces, bracelets, and rings, all of which look really cool, but aren’t really of any use to me right now. So my first idea really came out of necessity: t-shirt yarn headbands! I have to have my hair out of my face for my clinical nursing courses and I’m not a huge fan of bobby pinning it back, and all my plastic headbands give me a headache after a few hours, so I decided to use my new extensive collection of t-shirt yarn to make some.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 10×1.5 inch strip of t-shirt fabric (I used some left over from the sleeve of the t-shirt)
- 1 4 inch piece of elastic (I used 1/2 inch width, but smaller would work too)
- Coordinating thread
- Needle and/or sewing machine
- Safety pin
My sewing machine has decided to rebel against jersey knit (which I learned the hard way when I made my first headband) so I hand stitched most of this one. Luckily there’s not much sewing involved.
Step 1: Stitch the 3 strips of yarn together about 1/4 inch from the top.
Step 2: Safety pin the ends to something immobile (I used a pillow) and braid the strips together. Once the whole thing is braided, stitch the bottom ends together.
Step 3: Stitch one end of the elastic to one end of the braided strip.
Step 4: Take the 10×1.5 inch strip and fold in half lengthways. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam along the long edge.
Step 5: Using a safety pin, turn the strip inside out to form a tube (you can trim the seam allowance down to 1/8 inch to make turning easier.)
Step 6: Attach the safety pin to the end of the elastic (the part not attached to the braided strip.) Work the 10 inch tube around the elastic until it covers the end that’s attached to the strip. Stitch in place. When I did this, the raw ends of the tube pretty much rolled themselves under so they weren’t exposed when I stitched it down. You can stitch the ends under before you make the tube if you want, though.
Step 6: Remove the safety pin from the elastic and stitch the elastic to the remaining end of the braided strip. Then work the other end of the tube over the elastic and stitch in place.
And voila! You have a headband!