After sewing two kimonos I’m feeling very bohemian and this mood has begun to take over. Meet the most recent manifestation the tur-band (turban/headband). This projects is a great way to recycle an old t-shirt or burn through knit scraps left-over from past makes. Extra bonus it is super quick and easy to construct making it perfect for the beginner as well as the knit aficionado.
- 1/8 yard of knit fabric
- sewing machine
- stretch/ball point sewing machine needle
- scissors or rotary cutter, ruler, and self healing mat
- measuring tape
To begin measure your head circumference at the position you would like the tur-band to sit. Double this measurement and add 1/2 inch to determine the length of your tur-band. In my case head circumference measures 22 1/2 inches so my turband length is 45 1/2 inches. Knit fabrics can have variable amounts of stretch which will effect the final length needed for your tur-band. At this point I have chosen to be conservative and assume your fabric is very stable like mine. Later we will try on the tur-band and adjust the sizing as needed.
Now that you have determined a length measurement it is time to cut a rectangle 4 1/2 inches wide and your calculated tur-band length. My rectangle was 4 1/2 by 45 1/2 inches.
Fold your fabric in half lengthwise with the wrong side (the side you do not want to show on the final headband) of your fabric facing out. In my case this was the glitter side. Match and pin raw edges down the length of your folded rectangle.
Now you need to sew 1/4 inch from the pinned edge of your rectangle.
A couple points to consider when sewing with stretch fabric:
- When sewing stretch knits make sure you change the needle on your machine to a ball point or stretch needle. These needles are designed to push apart loosely woven fibers in knits. Sharp needles used on woven or non-stretchy fabrics have a sharp point which can cut fibers in knit fabrics leaving behind holes.
- You will need to select a stitch that will stretch with your fabric. The standard zig zag is a tried and true stretch stitch, but machines often come with others that you may want to experiment with. My zig zag stitch was set to 3mm wide and 1.5mm stitch length.
Now you should have a tube of fabric. Turn your tube right side out so the seam and edges are hidden inside.
Trim excess fabric to neaten the seam, but be careful to leave 1/8 inch of fabric behind. You don’t want to cut through your seam!
Now is a good time to try on your tur-band for size by wrapping the loop around your head twice. If you have a very stretchy fabric you may find that the headband is too loose. Pinch in the excess fabric near the short zig zag seam and sew again trimming away old seam and excess fabric.
After you are happy with the loop size lay the tur-band loop out in front of you with the short zig zag seam at the bottom. Twist the loop 360 degrees lengthwise.
Fold the top of the twisted tur-band loop down to meet the short zig zag seam.