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DIY T-Shirt Scrap Headband Tutorial

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 8, 2014 | Categories: Arts and Crafts, DIY, How To
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orange and white finished headband

I don’t necessarily call myself a crafty person. I do enjoy DIY home projects, but arts and crafts aren’t typically my thing.

That is unless… it’s easy.

Here’s an easy DIY T-Shirt scrap headband tutorial that’s fun, and if you have girls, they can make their own. You can use any color combination you want. Since I’m a huge U.T. fan (Go Vols), I chose orange and white.


  • 3 pieces of orange t-shirt cut to approximate 2” wide & 24” long
  • 3 pieces of white 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

diy t-shirt scrap headband tutorial

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.

diy t-shirt headband tutorial

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.

orange and white 2 2

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.

orange and white 2 3

orange and white 2 4

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.

White Strips Collage

On the folded 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.

Making 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.

orange and white finished headband 2

What colors would you make your DIY T-Shirt Scrap Headband?


17 Responses to DIY T-Shirt Scrap Headband Tutorial

  1. Kelsey Apley says:

    I have seen these but never seen a tutorial, thanks for sharing! Looks easy enough!

  2. Raijean says:

    This reminds me of crafts I used to do when I was young.. May see if I still got it.

  3. Colleen says:

    What a great way to re-purpose old t-shirts.

  4. What a great idea! I’d probably do something neutral or green.

  5. Robin Gagnon says:

    I love this & it came out so cute.

  6. Kathleen B says:

    That is awesome! I love that there is no machine sewing involved, so I could probably pull it off.

  7. This is SO super cute! I bet my little girl could try her hand at these.

  8. HilLesha says:

    I’m not really a crafty person either, but I’m going to attempt this. I love wearing headbands!

  9. What a super cute idea and I bet my girls would totally love this!

  10. Shell Feis says:

    How fun! I wish I had a little girl to make one for, but I might just have to send one to my niece!

  11. That is an adorable headband. I know I have scraps of material around the house.

  12. Tammy says:

    What a great tutorial, I think I could even handle this and I’m not crafty at all. I have a friend who does crafts for the girls at Girl Scouts, I’m going to send her to the post because I bet the girls would love doing this.

  13. What a fun way to make use of old shirts! I’ll have to add this to my list of crafts to do with my daughter!

  14. Angela says:

    This headband is super cute! That’s a great way to recycle old t-shirts.

  15. Liz Mays says:

    Ooo, I’ll bet I could actually pull this off and boy, do I have a supply of t-shirts!

  16. Such a cute idea. Cadence would love it