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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Instant Stretchy Headband or What To Do With a Holey T-Shirt

 Take one t-shirt with unsightly holes. Lay it out flat and grab a pair of scissors.

Cut off the bottom 4 or 5 inches (heavier shirt, cut narrower band -- lightweight tee, cut wider band). No hemming needed.

Twist the band in the middle and double or triple it over until it fits snugly around your head.

Scrunch the headband on the top a bit. Instant, free headband.

What I really like about this (besides using something I was going to send to the rag bin), is that I tend to buy the same colors of t-shirts over and over. This one was one of three hot pink tees I had, 2 long sleeve and 1 short sleeve. So, I now have a matching headband for both my long sleeve and my short sleeve t-shirts.

Now what to do with other parts of the same t-shirt. Ideas?


  1. Good use of the T-shirt. Could use the rest of it to make a gift bag?

    1. That's a good idea, Live and Learn. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Great Idea, Lili, I will have to try this. I had a stack of old worn out t-shirts that I have been slowly cutting into t-shirt yarn. I have used some of the yarn and a very large hook to crochet rustic-looking cloth baskets for storing toys. This worked out great and they were totally free, too.

    1. Hi Marie,
      Oh how interesting! Can you tell me how wide you make the strips of fabric and what do you do when you come to the end of a strip (ie. do you sew strips together)? This is something I might be able to do with my very limited crochet experience, especially since a large hook is used. Thank you for the suggestion.

  3. Clever idea! When my kids were in elementary school, their teachers had them bring in a t-shirt that they had outgrown, and someone (the teacher?) sewed them into a bag. This technique looked simple and useful:

    1. Hi Kris,
      I do love my headbands. I wear them several days a week to keep hair off my face while I work.

      That looks not only cute, but very easy to sew. Thanks for sharing the link. I would think these would make cute beach bags, too.. Great use for old tees. Again, thanks for the link.


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