Okay, the turband (turban/headband) isn’t exactly a new trend. But the emergence of fall and cooler temperatures inspired me to create one that can keep you warm and look chic! Keep reading to find out how I did it!
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I pulled inspiration from the style gallery for this Blogger Favorite DIY. visala wore a gorgeous red velvet turband with a cute transitional outfit. paledivision wore a knit bow turband with a matching cream blazer.
In a maxi skirt and slouchy sweater, kaitlyntru is totally trendy, topping the look off with a slim turband. camilleco wore an actual turban in a bold tomato red, paired with gold pants.
YOU WILL NEED…
-an old sweater (as large as possible) that you don’t mind cutting up
-sewing supplies (machine or hand sewing skills)
-2 hairties or rubber bands
-marking tool, such as chalk or pencil
1. Asess your sweater. Does it have a ribbed band on the bottom? How thick is it? If it’s at least 2" thick, cut it off to use. If your sweater doesn’t have a band, that’s fine too—just cut a 2" or thicker band off the bottom of the sweater.
2. Repeat step one twice more so that you have three bands cut off the bottom of your sweater. Try varying the widths of your bands for a different look.
3. Turn your bands into strips by cutting them at the side seam or button area. If you are using a sweater with buttons, make sure you cut off the button and button-hole tabs.
4. Fold your strips in half longways, with the more textured side of the strip facing inwards and pin.
5. Sew each strip together on the opposite edge of the fold, as close to the edge as possible. Be careful and patient if using a sewing machine, as sewing knits can be difficult.
6. Turn your strips inside out using a safety pin (I like to attach one to a pen or mechanical pencil), bamboo skewer, or just your hands. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, see this video.
7. Cut about a 4" piece off of your longest strip and set aside.
8. Band your strips together with a hairtie or rubber band. I then attached mine to a doorknob with the same tie so that braiding would be easier. Braid the strips all the way down and band together again.
9. Wrap the braid around your head. If your braid is wide and short, you may only be able to fit it around your head once, which is fine. If your braid is slimmer and long, it may go around twice. Mark where the braid fits around your head.
10. Pin the braid together where it fits around your head. Remove the bands from the ends of the braids, tuck the loose ends into the braid, and pin. Sew the loose ends in from the underside of the braid, and around where the ends of the braid meet. I recommend doing this by hand, not machine.
11. Take that 4" piece that you set aside earlier, and wrap around the braid(s) where you want the front of the turband to be. Pin and sew.
And that’s it! A DIY knit turband in 3 hours or less.