How to Make a Turban Out of a Towel

A hair turban is often a bath towel twisted with long hair that hangs precariously down the back of the bather. The idea is to keep the sometimes cold and obviously wet hair off of the dried back. Make the towel turban more functional and still easy to use by sewing a fitted towel hair turban. The turban can be sewn within an hour and be custom fitted to your head so that it stays in place and helps to dry your hair straight out of the bath or shower.

Place on the table a sheet of paper that is at least 20 inches wide and 30 inches long. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and crease. Unfold and smooth out the paper. You should be able to see the crease as a centre line.

Make a mark 1 inch from the end of the paper on the centre line. Make a second mark 7 1/2 inches from the first mark. Make a third mark 20 inches from the second mark. Go back to the second mark. Make a mark 7 1/2 inches perpendicular to the centre line on the left side. Make a mark 7 1/2 inches perpendicular to the centre line on the right side.

Place a large, round dinner plate centred over your second mark. Use the round edge of the plate as a visual guide to sketch a half-circle from the side marks through the first mark. Connect each of the side marks to the third mark. You should see an ice cream cone shape. Cut out the ice cream cone shape. Your side marks should still be visible.

Pin the pattern to a towel and cut out the shape. Place a pin at each side mark. Pin an elastic hair band 1/2 inch from the pointed end with the elastic facing inward. Fold the towel in half along its length so that the side pins line up and the hair band is on the outside.

Sew a double-stitch seam, a seam sewn twice for strength, from the side pins to the point in the shape. Go over the small loop at the end of the elastic two extra times with the sewing machine. Turn the turban right side out and fit it on your head with the seam down. It should fit snugly from 1 inch above your eyebrow to the nape of your neck. If it is loose, continue the seam another inch and test the fit again until it fits snugly.

Sew double-fold bias tape around the raw edge. Overlap the end for a clean finish. Fold the turban in half along its seam. Measure 2 inches from the curved centre line and sew a button on the top side of the turban. When you put the turban on, twist the end with your hair in it and bring the elastic loop up over the button. This will keep your hair and the turban in place.


Make two turbans out of one towel and you will have a spare while one is in the laundry. You can also make custom turbans out of microfiber fabrics that will dry your hair even faster than terry cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Tape measure
  • Dinner plate
  • Towel
  • Scissors
  • Elastic hair band
  • Double-fold bias tape
  • Button
  • Needle and thread
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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.