There are days when your hair has a mind of its own. On those days all you want to do is find a way to control it that isn’t too difficult for you. With a little creativity, you can learn how to make a turban a headband that’s super easy, quick and requires very little in the way of materials. Best of all, it makes a fashion statement that’s right on trend.

1. How to Make a Turban Headband With a Large, Square Scarf

multicolored diy headscarf

What You Need

  • A large square scarf.
  • Ponytail holder.


  1. Tie your hair into a bun or ponytail.
  2. Take the scarf and fold it in half into a triangle.
  3. Lay the scarf on your head with the center point headed toward your face and the side ends hanging down over each ear.
  4. Bring the two ends up over the top and twist 2 times. That creates a knot.
  5. Bring both ends back behind your head to your neck and tie it tightly.
  6. Tuck the loose ends into the back of the turban then tuck the front ends into the sides in front.

2. How to Make a Turban Headband With an Old Tank Top

How to Make Turban Headband With an Old Tank Top

This is also a no-sew design that’s super simple and will make use of a tank top you might be thinking about throwing out.

What You Need

  • Tank top made of stretchy material.
  • Scissors.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Pen or pencil.


  1. Lay the tank top out flat on a work table.
  2. Cut off the hem all the way around.
  3. Measure from the bottom up 6″ and make several marks across the width to follow while cutting so it ends up straight.
  4. Following your marks, cut through both thicknesses all the way across.
  5. Holding your hands inside the loop, pull gently to stretch it a little. You want the edges to curl a little.
  6. Lay it on the work table then take one end while holding the other flat and twist the right end to form a figure-8.
  7. Twist the right side over one more time.
  8. Pick up the right loop and lay it on top of the left loop.
  9. It’s done and all you have to do is put it on.

3. How to Make a Turban Headband With a Vibrant Scarf

How to Make Turban Headband With a Vibrant Scarf

This one’s especially beautiful in vibrant colors.

What You Need

  • 1 – 1½ yard scarf in a silky texture with vibrant colors.
  • Bobby pins.


  1. Roll your hair into a bun at the back of your head and pin it in place.
  2. Place the scarf at the back of your head with the two ends hanging equally in front.
  3. Pull the top of the scarf on top your head.
  4. Take the ends and tie a knot at the top of your head.
  5. Put the two ends together and twist clear to the end.
  6. Roll beginning around the knot then continue until you get the look you want.
  7. Tuck the ends in and you’re done.

4. How to Make a Turban Headband With a Large, Skinny Scarf

Woman Wearing Turban Headband

This makes the perfect accessory on any vacation where your hair is exposed to environmental conditions it’s not used to.

What You Need

  • Large, skinny scarf with or without fringe.
  • Ponytail holder.


  1. Put your hair into a high messy ponytail or bun if your hair is longer.
  2. Begin by placing the scarf in the middle of your hair on the top front then wrap the ends in opposite directions around the back.
  3. Cross it in back and bring it to the top, cross it and take to the back again.
  4. Continue until you get to the end of the scarf and then tie a single knot in the back.
  5. Tuck the ends, adjust the layers and you’re done.

5. How to Make a Turban Headband With a Ski Cap

headband made out of a beanie

There’s no reason that even when it’s cold out you can’t look stunning.

What You Need

  • Ski cap.
  • Needle and Thread.
  • Embellishment like a broach.
  • Scissors.


  1. Gather the front of the ski cap a few inches.
  2. Tack the gather with the needle and thread several times. It’s important to make enough stitches that it will remain secure when being tugged on. Tie off the thread and clip the excess close to the knot.
  3. Pin or sew the embellishment over the stitching and you’re done.

6. How to Make a Turban Headband With Fleece

Even babies have bad hair days. This is the perfect solution for those time when your little one wants to say “I’m a girl” without wearing ruffles and lace or when their hair just won’t behave.

What You Need

  • ½ yard stretch fleece.
  • Rhinestone or pearl ribbon about 3″ long.
  • Translucent ribbon 1½” – 2″ wide to match the fabric.
  • Needle and thread.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Pen.


  1. Measure the circumference of the baby’s head then fold the measuring tape in half and note the measurement.
  2. Lay out the fabric and mark the measurement of the baby’s head as the length then for the width mark ½ the circumference of the baby’s head.
  3. Cut from mark to mark. You will end up with a rectangular piece of fabric.
  4. Fold up along the bottom length ¼” and glue a hem along the edge.
  5. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with the hem on the inside.
  6. From the left lower corner of the folded square to the top left corner, mark ½ the circumference of the baby’s head in an arch.
  7. Cut along the marks you just made.
  8. Open the fabric. With the needle and thread make a running stitch around the curved edge of the fabric then pull it tight and sew it to the starting edge closing the open circle.
  9. With one of the scraps from the fleece you cut off earlier, round one edge to make a large teardrop shape.
  10. Glue the point over the stitching on the front of the turban then wrap it to the inside and glue the rounded part to the back of the stitching. It looks cute as is but adding a bow makes it extra special.
    Note: The video shows making the bow out of fleece which is cute, but translucent ribbon elevates the look that much more.
  11. Measure out about 4″ of translucent ribbon. Fold it over itself for a second layer then a 3 time and finally a 4th time. Cut off the excess.
  12. Pinch the ribbon so it folds evenly and use the needle and thread to run several stitches through the center of all layers. Wind the thread around the center a couple of times and pull the thread tight then tie it off. Cut off the excess thread.
  13. Cut a ½” x 1″ piece of fleece from your scrap material and glue it around the center of the bow. Cut off any excess.
  14. Cut a piece of rhinestone or pearl ribbon only big enough to cover the front half of the bow and glue it in place.
  15. Glue the bow in place, adjust it and you’re done.

Summing Up

You can combine or create new methods and make out-of-control hair look great all the time with turban headbands. It’s also right on trend with today’s fashions and appropriate for everyone from babies to adults. Best of all, any of the projects shown can be turned around for a totally different look.

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