How to Easily Make DIY Braided & Top Knot Turban Headbands

Torera George
by Torera George
10 Materials
1 Hour

If you’re having a bad hair day, take the focus off your hair with these two styles. Follow along to make a DIY braided hairband and a DIY top knot turban headband. They are both easy to make and look gorgeous!

Tools and materials:

  • Velvet fabric
  • Plastic hairbands
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Binder clips
  • Ribbon
  • Tape

DIY braided headband

Cutting and folding the fabric

1. Cut & fold the fabric

Cut a rectangle from your velvet fabric that is 60 x 13 centimeters (23.6 x 5.1 inches). Fold both long edges of the rectangle into the center and then fold it again.

Pinning the ends of the rectangle

Pin both ends and the middle of your folded rectangle, so it won’t unfold.

Making three strips for the braid

Make two more velvet strips exactly the same as the first one.

Sewing the ends together

2. Sew the strips together

Stack the three strips on top of each other at one end. Pin and sew that end to hold the three strips in place. You can hand sew or use a sewing machine for this.

How to make a braided headband

3. Braid the fabric

Lay your strips on a flat surface and tape the sewn end down to the surface to hold it in place.

Braiding the fabric strips

Braid the three strips together carefully, making sure that no rough edges are peaking through and that the braid is even all the way to the end.

Sewing the end of the braid

When you get to the end of the braid, stack the ends, and sew just like you did at the first end.

Cutting fabric to cover the headband with

4. Cover your hairband

Cut a rectangle of velvet almost twice as wide and a bit longer than your plastic hairband.

Applying glue to the outside of the hairband

Apply glue to the outside of your hairband.

Gluing the fabric to the headband

Place one edge of your hairband near one end of your rectangle along the center line, and roll the head band along the fabric, gluing the fabric to the hairband.

Stretching and smoothing the fabric

Stretch and smooth the fabric on the hairband.

Snipping the fabric along the edges

5. Snip & wrap

Snip the fabric on the sides from the edge of the fabric to the hairband every couple of inches.

Wrapping the snipped pieces inside

Working in sections, wrap the sides of the fabric around the hairband and glue it in place.

Gluing a piece of ribbon down the middle

Glue a piece of ribbon down the inside middle of the hairband to cover the edges of the fabric.

Attaching the braid to the covered hairband

6. Attach the braid to the covered hairband

Apply glue down the center line of the outside of your covered hairband.

Head-sewing the ends of the braid

Hand sew both ends of the braid tightly and use your thread to tightly wrap the ends of the braid around the headband.

Adding ribbon to the headband ends

7. Add ribbon to the ends

Glue a small piece of ribbon around the ends of the hairband and use a binder clip to hold it in place until the glue dries.

DIY braid headband

This is how your finished braided hairband will look!

Wearing the DIY braid headband

DIY top knot turban headband

Cutting and folding the fabric

1. Cut & fold the fabric

Follow step 2 above to cover a plastic headband.

Cut out a 22-inch square of fabric. Fold two opposite corners of the square into the middle, overlapping them a bit.

Folding the fabric

Fold both long straight sides into the middle, overlapping them slightly.

How to make a knotted turban headband

2. Tie a knot

Tie a loose knot in the center of the turban.

Slipping the headband through the knot

3. Add a headband

Slip a covered headband into the bottom of the knot.

Sewing the knot to the headband

4. Sew

Lay the fabric along the top of the headband and fold in and sew down the ends so there are no raw edges.

Sew with invisible stitches, passing your needle down through the same spot you just came up and moving the thread along on the inside of the fold.

Securing the ends of the headband with glue

5. Secure the ends

Secure the end of the turban to the headband with glue.

DIY top knot turban headband

DIY headband tutorial

This beautiful turban headband will take care of any bad hair day you have!

How to make a DIY turban headband

Please leave me a comment to let me know if you tried the DIY braided hairband or the DIY top knot turban headband, or both, and how they turned out for you. 

Suggested materials:
  • Velvet fabric
  • Plastic hairbands
  • Scissors
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