Knotted Headband with tshirt yarn

I think tshirt yarn is perfect for a knotted headband!  I even have a quick video on how to form the knot.

knotted headband from tshirt yarn - a how-to tutorial
knotted headband from tshirt yarn - a how-to tutorial

I think we’ve all seen that fun Knotted Headband by You Seriously Made That - – here’s a refresher:

Cami did a great job and I followed her tutorial for the “knot” part of the headband.  So go there for that.  But instead of crocheting long strands, I used Tshirt Yarn.

If you’re wondering how to make t-shirt yarn, just cut strips from an old tshirt (mine were maybe 3/4 in wide) and then pull on them til they turn in on themselves.  Sometimes the tshirts won’t roll in on themselves – I’ve had this happen a couple of times.  It just depends on the type of knit fabric they’re made of – but most should roll in to form a “yarn”.  I cut 4 strips and sewed  them together so I had 2 extra long separate strips.  That easy.

Want to see my video tutorial on how to make this knot??  Check that out here: Knotted Headband Video Tutorial

Views from my 4 year old photographer:
knotted headband from tshirt yarn - a how-to tutorial
And a weird self-portrait-in-the-mirror, trying to show the headband:
UPDATE:  I finally got around to taking a semi-better picture.  Let me tell you – headbands are really hard to take pictures of!  Anyways, I love the idea of a headband topping of a messy bun – it makes it just right:
knotted headband from tshirt yarn - a how-to tutorial
knotted headband from tshirt yarn - a how-to tutorial
I think it turned out great and I enjoy the subtly of the gray.  Since tshirt yarn is stretchy, I just sewed the ends together and covered them with a scrap, instead of the hot gluing to ribbon like the tutorial.  Here’s the connecting part of mine:

Super quick and easy.  And comfy to wear.  You should try it!

Knit T Shirt Headbands are so great to make and wear – I’ve made a bunch of other different styles, so head to that post if you’re interested in other options:

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  1. says

    Love it, love it, love, love, love it. Lots of headbands hurt my head and I end up taking them off in a couple hours, but i bet this one would be perfect. Thanks for linking with DIY under $5!

  2. says

    How cute is this!? I love it! I have saved two big bags of giveaway clothes that could be upcycled into something new and fabulous…I think I need to pull a t-shirt outta there for one of these headbands : )
    Jaimee @

  3. says

    Love it! Better than the crocheted one for sure!
    I want to make one, but have no idea how long to make the t-shirt yarn pieces. How long did you make yours?
    And which direction do you cut the shirt?…top to bottom?…or across?…does it matter?
    Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. says

    great question Erica – you can google “how to make tshirt yarn” and get tons of tutorials, but bastically you cut strips across the shirt bottom in about 1 inch widths. Then you stretch/pull on that strip and it will curl in on itself and look more “yarnish” than “fabric-ish”. Good luck!

  5. Sarah says

    FAB versatile grey headband sewn from T-shirt yarn — LOOKS PERFECT! Save lots of money then purchasing in a shop . . . and sew the colors you like to coordinate with your clothes. (I’VE NEVER HEARD OF T-SHIRT YARN.) THANKS for sharing. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis


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