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DIY T-Shirt Scrap Headband

Updated September 4, 2015


Here is a simple DIY Headband you can make from old T-Shirt Scraps at home. You can choose from a variety of colors and flowers designs to make. Below is a tutorial to help you make a DIY T-Shirt Scrap Headband.

DIY T-Shirt Scrap Headband


  • 3 pieces of yellow t-shirt cut to approximate 2” wide & 24” long
  • 3 pieces of light grey t-shirt cut to approximately 2” wide & 24” long
  • Additional t-shirt scraps in smaller pieces for creating flowers
  • Needle & thread (and sewing machine if available)
  • Scissors

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Begin by tying the six full size strips of t-shirt together or sewing across the ends of all six pieces.  Separate the strips, alternating colors.

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Begin braiding the strands together by weaving the strips from left to right.  The first strip will go over the 2nd, under the 3rd, over the 4th, under the 5th, and over the 6th as shown.  Repeat this step, working left to right until you reach the end of all of the strands.

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When you reach the end, either run the strands through the sewing machine to secure or sew with your needle and thread.  Unknot the other end, and sew the two ends together (inside out so the seam will be on the inside of the headband when worn.

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Next, you’ll begin making the decorative flowers.  While there are several options for making easy flowers, this headband features a quick and easy option.  Begin with a strip of t-shirt in one of the two colors and fold it in half.  Prepare your needle and thread with enough thread length to gather all of the t-shirt onto it.

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On the open side of the folded strip, begin gathering it onto your needle and thread.  Once you’ve reached the end and all fabric is on the thread, pull to gather the fabric as shown.

Begin coiling the fabric and tacking it together with your needle and thread until you’ve created a flower.

Repeat with additional sizes & colors of flowers.

Finally, attach the flowers to the braided band with your needle and thread, making sure to secure well.


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