cultured. - DIY: Baby Turban Headband

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week and have some fun, relaxing things planned for the weekend. We spent the week in TN visiting my in-laws and while we were there I made Porter a lot of headbands for the summer. :) One of my favorites was this turban headband. It’s crazy easy to make and you only need a few supplies that you probably already have in your house.



Fabric scissors- these are great because they help you get a really straight line
Old t-shirt or fabric
Measuring tape


This tutorial works for making an adult or baby turban headband you just have to use different sized t-shirts or fabric pieces depending on which you’re making. For an adult headband, I used a shirt that measured 18-19 inches in width and then cut 2 long pieces that were both 3 inches wide. Then for a baby headband (this fit my 7 month old but since the fabric has some stretch there is a pretty good range of sizes it would fit), I used a shirt that measured 14 inches in width and cut 2 long pieces that were 2.5 inches wide. You just want to make sure you are cutting straight across from one side to the other and have 2 continuous strips. I used a pencil to mark my measurements so I could cut as straight of a line as possible and also used fabric scissors which helped a lot in getting a straight line.


1) cut 2 continuous strips from your t-shirt  2) cross one strip and place it on top of the other one  3) take the right side of the bottom strip and cross it over to the left side  4) take the bottom part of the other piece and cross it upwards towards the top


5) pull the two ends apart from each other (there should be two layers on each side)  6) put your hand through the bottom piece and grab the top piece  7) pull the top piece inside the bottom piece and repeat on the other side  8) fold the left side over to the right side


9) repeat the same process as before  10) pull the top piece inside the bottom piece  11) straighten up the pieces (the more thorough you do this the flatter the headband will lay)  12) there will be a knot in the center and layers of fabric as the band

I mean could that be any easier?! I made a few for myself that turned out really good but everything is way cuter baby sized so I decided to feature Porter’s instead. :)


P.S. Another baby DIY here.

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category: Current trends, DIY, Fashion, Motherhood


  • Meredith | 5.17.13 at 1:16 pm

    OMG – I need one for McKinley. And that is one cute little model. ;)

    • dana | 5.17.13 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Meredith ;) and McKinley definitely needs one! They are seriously sooo easy to make!

  • Ariel | 7.3.13 at 10:18 pm

    This is soooo adorable!! saw this on Pinterest and i just made myself one and i already love it!! thank you so much for this! :)

    • dana | 7.4.13 at 12:48 pm

      Hey Ariel! So glad you like it! Happy 4th!

  • Aly | 7.5.13 at 4:02 pm

    If you open a business selling these, I will buy ALL of your stock :)

    • dana | 7.9.13 at 4:09 pm

      Aw thanks Aly :) I’ll let you know if that ever happens! In the meantime, have you seen these or these on Etsy?

  • Vikki | 7.9.13 at 3:08 pm

    My niece wants one to match a dress that I made for her daughter. The problem is the dress is made from cotton, not a tee shirt. To make one from cotton for the niece should there be any adjustment to the measurements for her as an adult. Cotton does not stretch like tee shirts. Help

    • dana | 7.9.13 at 4:30 pm

      Hey Vikki, I would just measure her head and use those to know how big to make the headband. The measurements in the tutorial I posted will probably be way too small because the fabric I used is so stretchy. Would love to see how it turns out! :)

  • Ashleigh | 7.11.13 at 1:34 am

    This is so great! I just made one at midnight for fun and I will probably make a plethora this summer just because they’re so easy to do!

  • chelsea | 7.19.13 at 7:10 pm

    How can you use fabric since it does go all the way around?

    • dana | 7.22.13 at 9:37 am

      Hey Chelsea! You could always sew the fabric together at the ends but I suggest using an old t-shirt because you don’t have to bother with sewing. Just cut the shirt horizontally from side to side so you have two strips that are continuous. You want to lay the shirt flat and make sure you’re cutting through the entire shirt, back and front, not just one side so you have a double layer of fabric. Hope that helps!

  • Steph | 7.24.13 at 8:46 pm

    Ok maybe I’m missing something but after step 5 I’m completely lost! What is the top piece? I have 3 other things to chose from and I’ve tried them all and it always end up as one giant loop and 2 small ones at the end? Also on step 5 it says I should have 2 pieces on both sides but in the picture it looks like you’ve only separated one. Sorry if I’m looking the answer straight in the face and I’m just having a brain fart but I’ve started this headband over at least 5 times now :(

    • dana | 8.5.13 at 10:30 am

      Hey Steph!

      You’re not the only one who’s gotten confused! :) You are starting with 2 long continuous strips of fabric and once you fold them together like in steps 3 and 4 you should have 4 smaller pieces of fabric to work with. I’ll do my best to help…After step 4, try separating the pieces on BOTH sides like shown in the picture for step 5 and then take the bottom piece and place inside the top piece again on BOTH sides. Hope this helps!

      • Kristin | 8.27.13 at 10:01 pm

        These are so adorable. Like dana, I keep getting confused beginning with step 5. I think it may have been easier if the two pieces in the tutorial were different colors. I am obviously not a crafty crafter though because plenty of other people seemed to have understood the tutorial. This is a fun blog!

        • Kristin | 8.27.13 at 10:02 pm

          oops, I meant Steph, not Dana:)

  • Victoria | 7.28.13 at 9:45 pm

    Hi! Ilove this idea but I have a question. What size shiuld yhe shirt be for a 13 year old?

    • dana | 8.5.13 at 10:21 am

      Hey Victoria! Just measure her head and adjust the size of the fabric accordingly! I’ve found the best fabric to work with is a stretchy one because it’s more forgiving and you don’t have to get the measurement perfect to the size of her head! There’s a little more room for error in case you make it smaller than you anticipated :)

  • Kayla | 8.11.13 at 8:17 pm

    Do you sow yours together?

  • Jean Seney | 8.11.13 at 11:49 pm

    Love this tutorial! I just worked out a DIY of my own on my blog ( on how to make your own headbands and I love seeing other bloggers and how they present their tutorials. Beautiful job!

    Not to mention the little model is absolutely gorgeous <3


  • DRM | 10.13.13 at 4:31 pm

    Okay, I feel like an idiot because I’ve tried this at least 5 times and I haven’t been able to complete a headband. I get through step 8, I think successfully, and see that I have basically a figure 8. I fold the left over to the right. I then separate the pieces and pull the top into the bottom and I can see at this point that I’m essentially trying to tie these ends together, but I can’t see how to get there. Can someone help me see where I’m going wrong to help me understand the tutorial from step 9 on?

  • Raven | 10.18.13 at 12:35 pm

    So, if I used fabric instead of a t-shirt, would I have to sew four strips into two loops so they would be continuous?

  • destiny johnson | 12.29.13 at 7:18 pm

    These are adorable. Trying to make some for my babu girl but keep getting lost
    Help! Do you have a video tutorial?

  • katharine | 3.17.14 at 2:27 pm

    I love this! Definitely need to make a few for summertime!
    Paytington & Co.

  • Janitorial Service S | 3.19.14 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! Love these headbands and can’t wait to make some for my girl and niece!

  • Joanne | 3.19.14 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! Love these headbands and can’t wait to make some for my girl and niece!
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  • Jennifer | 4.7.14 at 11:47 am

    Cute cute! Very creative…wtg :)

    Jen @

  • Thelma | 5.17.14 at 9:25 am

    Can you offer a YouTube video I found one online but actually want to see it being do e live if you don’t mind

  • jacqui | 6.23.14 at 1:15 pm

    here’s a good video tutorial by the way:

  • Akshit | 6.30.14 at 8:18 am

    This is lovely. I will try this at home definitely. these are just adorable. You can also Buy Baby Accessories Online India if you don’t want to make it at home. You will find variety of cool headbands.

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  • Tammy | 8.26.14 at 6:12 pm

    Hey! I cant wait to try these as my niece just had a baby! But I don’t understand the #5 instruction on. please help!!!!

  • Amanda | 2.9.15 at 5:44 pm

    I have a question. Do you have to sew the back of the head band together?? Gorgeous by the way!!!!!