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Easy No Sew T-Shirt Headbands

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Easy No Sew T-shirt headbands

These headbands are so easy!!  All you need is an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors!  That’s it!  And if you want to jazz them up all you need is hot glue and some embellishments.  Either way, this headband will only take you about 5-10 minutes and I think they turned out super cute.  Best thing is they cost me absolutely nothing!! I already had the t-shirt and the flowers were left over from the t-shirt scarves I made at Christmas.  I hope to be sharing that project soon too. 

I first had the idea for these headbands on St. Patrick’s Day when I didn’t have any green to wear.  And I actually had an old green t-shirt sitting in my craft tub.  But I didn’t get it done that day, so I decided to go with an orange and white striped shirt for the pop of color and I thought the two colors would look great in a braid.  If you plan on using solid color shirts you may want to use a couple different shirts. 

 Easy No Sew T-Shirt Headbands

What you need:
-unwanted t-shirt
-good pair of scissors, (these Fiskars Craft Scissors are my favorite)
– hot glue gun & hot glue, optional
– embellishments, I got my flowers at Hobby Lobby, optional

How to:

Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface and cut off the hem.  

Cut two 1-inch strips at the bottom of your t-shirt, cutting through both sides at once.  You will end up with a loop.

t-shirt headband

Place one end of each loop in each hand and stretch.  As you stretch the rough edges will curl under.

t-shirt headband loops

Cut on each side of all the seams.*  You will now have 4 strings. 

Lay 3 of your strings together and about 3 inches from one end.  Tie them together using a small piece cut off from your shirt (use the sleeve, you’ll want it about 3 inches long and pretty skinny).  

t-shirt headband tie off

Starting from where you tied, braid your 3 strings.  I used my knees to hold it while I braided.  Continuing braiding until you get about 3 inches from the end and tie it off again with another small t-shirt piece.  

t-shirt headband braided tied

I just tied the ends together to finish it off.  That way, I could untie and adjust depending on who was wearing it.  Stretch the headband if needed.  

*Note:  You may think that one side of your shirt will not be long enough for your headband.  Don’t worry it will stretch.  However, you can cut only one seam off and therefore have longer strips.  However, you will need to cut an additional strip off your shirt and you will want to use an embellishment as the seam makes the braid bumpy. 

easy no sew headbands

Both myself and my girls have worn the two I’ve made.  I need to make one more so we all have our own!  And I need to make some in more colors!!  What color do you think I should do next?

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Tuesday 25th of March 2014

so cute!! pinned!

Elizabeth Comiskey

Tuesday 25th of March 2014

I love it! What a fun and simple way to recycle an old shirt!


Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Thanks Elizabeth!! And thanks for sharing!

JENerally Informed

Monday 24th of March 2014

I love this! Just pinned it :)


Tuesday 25th of March 2014

Glad you love it! Thanks for pinning!