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How to Make a Turban Headband

It's time to retire your baseball cap. We've found a super chic new way to hide your bad hair days: a turban headband. A turban is a new take on the headband and this season's must-have hair accessory—perfect for a concert, the office, or even the beach. Here's how you can make your own DIY turban headband.

DIY Turban

A DIY turban headband made out of leather can be worn a multitude of ways. Style it with a half roll, taking strands of hair from the front and tucking them into the turban toward the back of your head. For a classic look, pile your hair into a ultra-chic top knot. Feeling bohemian? Part your hair down the middle as I did, and place the headband around the crown of your head. Once you have some ideas for how to style this leather turban, you'll want to get to work on your own DIY turban headband.

DIY Turban

Materials: 33 1/2" x 7" black vinyl or pleather fabric, measuring tape, scissors, straight pins, sewing machine (or a needle and thread), wire clothes hanger

DIY Turban

1. Lay your fabric on a flat surface, right side up. Measure out a piece of fabric 33 1/2" x 7". Using scissors, cut along the length of the fabric. Fold the rectangular piece of fabric in half lengthwise. Your rectangle will be 3 1/2" wide.

2. Pin right sides together. Using scissors, cut off the edges of both the left and right ends of your fabric at a 45-degree angle.

DIY Turban

3. Using the sewing machine, titch the right edge close, allowing a 1/2" seam allowance. Next, create a pocket for the wire by sewing two rows of parallel stitches, 1/2" apart, along the length of the fabric; leave the left edge open. Trim excess seam allowances at the right edge along the length of the headband.

4. Turn the turban right side out. This step is slow and tedious, depending on the type of fabric you use. Vinyl is quite stiff; but if you use a lighter-weight fabric or real leather, it may be easier to turn the fabric right side out.

DIY Turban

5. Unwind the wire hanger and flatten it into a straight line. Cut a piece of the hanger the same length as the headband—33 1/2". Hook the end of the wire and begin to thread it into the pocket you stitched. Feel for the hook and help guide it through the length of the turban until it is completely inside the pocket.

6. Using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, close up the open edge of your headband.

DIY Turban

7. Place the headband around your head, wrapping the opposite edges around one another where they meet at your forehead. Wrap once and tuck the edges underneath the headband. To finish your DIY turban headband, remove the band from your head and secure the edges around each other, creating a knotted effect.

For more DIY fashion ideas from Samantha, go to The Brunette One.

Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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