Everyone has at least one or two shirts in his or her closet that are doing nothing more than taking up space. Maybe you forgot about it, or perhaps it simply went out of style. Either way, it’s a shame that these articles of clothing are not being put to better use. With the weather starting to get warmer, why not take the opportunity to sort through them and get a head start on some of your spring cleaning?
Beth Huntington shared this simple little DIY on eHow. In it, she shows a brilliant way to reuse old shirts and sweaters to make a cute headband. These are great for keeping your hair out of the way when you are working around the house, and kids love using them when they are playing outside. Here’s how you can make your own:
The first part of this project involves finding some old shirts that you no longer use. Beth chose to go with a green T-shirt, but feel free to experiment with different colors and patterns to customize the look of your headband.
Once she had her shirt picked out, she used a pair of scissors to cut two 1.5 inch strips across the bottom section of the shirt.
After the strips were cut, they needed to be stretched out as much as possible. This makes the strips roll inwards so that the headband feels much more substantial.
Now comes the fun part. Take one of the strips and make a loop in the same way that is shown below. Be sure to pay special attention to which side you used to cross over on top of the other – the left end should be above the right end.
Next, take the other strip and place it on top of the loop in a “U” shape over the ends of the loop.
Once you have it set, take the right end of the loop and place it above the “U” while keeping the left end underneath.
Then, take the left end of the “U” and place it underneath the loop in the direction of the right side.
Next, take the end of the right side of the “U” and thread it through the big loop. It should go under and over the left side of the “U.”
Pull tightly on the four ends of cloth at the same time. You should end up with a beautiful decorative knot in the middle.
All that’s left is to secure the ends of the headband together. To do this, cut out a rectangular piece of fabric from the shirt that is big enough to wrap the two ends together.
Beth used hot glue to hold everything in place, but feel free to use whatever is most convenient. You can even stitch them together if you like.
With the glue applied, roll up the ends into the piece of square fabric.
And just like that, you have yourself a wonderful new accessory for your hair! To learn more about this project, be sure to check out Beth’s post by clicking the link here.