How to Make a Turban From a T-Shirt Pattern

Updated April 17, 2017

With summer just getting started, finding new hat shapes that can tolerate the weather may seem like a challenge. Fortunately, Teen Vogue posits the turban as the most fashion-forward hair accessory for Spring 2011 in its article "Spring Hit List Top 10." These stylish hats can be made with any T-shirt lying around your place.

Pin your hair into a low bun at the base of your head. Secure with hair clips.

Lie the T-shirt flat in front of you. Have the neck of the T-shirt facing you, with the sleeves out to the side.

Fold down the neck-end of the shirt about 1/2 inch to hide the collar. Pick up the shirt by the sleeves.

Place the folded section at the top of the hairline, allowing the remainder of the T-shirt to fall over the back of your head. Tie the sleeves together at the base of your neck, below the bun. If the sleeves do not easily tie at the base, pin them together with two to three safety pins.

Grab the remaining fabric in your hands. Twist the fabric to the end of the shirt. Take the twisted section and wrap it around the knot created by the sleeves. Pin the end of the shirt into place so that it is hidden behind the bun.


If you want the turban to pin at the front of your head, simply reverse the steps so that you begin at the top of the neck rather than the hairline.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair clips
  • Safety pins
  • T-shirt
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