How to Tie Balaclavas

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How to Tie Balaclavas
Make your own blalclava with nothing more than a T-shirt. (Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Balaclavas are ninja; balaclavas are tough; balaclavas are warm; balaclavas are revolutionary; balaclavas are fashionable. Whatever you reason for wearing a balaclava, you don't have to go out and buy one. In fact, you basically already have one in your closet. Tying a T-shirt into a balaclava is an easy way to create a costume, make a fashion statement or just stay warm during winter bike riding. If you know how to tie a double-knot already, you are 90 per cent to your full face mask.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • T-shirt

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put your head in the bottom of a T-shirt.

  2. 2

    Pull the shirt so that your eyes are peering through the neck hole.

  3. 3

    Pull back the sleeves of the T-shirt behind your head, and cross them over each other.

  4. 4

    Pull the bottom sleeve up and over the top sleeve, and tuck it down next to your head.

  5. 5

    Cross the ends of the sleeves again.

  6. 6

    Pull the sleeve now on the bottom up and over the sleeve now on the top, and tuck the end through the hole formed by the sleeve-ends and the last knot.

  7. 7

    Pull the ends of the sleeves to tighten the knot.

  8. 8

    Tuck the bottom of the T-shirt collar in to make a clearer seeing-hole.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want the neck to be shorter, cut off the bottom of the T-shirt.
  • Sometimes the knot is hard to tie because the sleeves are too short. Try using a long-sleeved shirt and cut off excess fabric from the sleeves at the end.
  • Use a fleece or soft wool shirt to make a balaclava for added warmth.

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