|Scruffy old T-shirt|
Usually, such T-shirts end up as a rag in my house. But I wanted to try something different this time and I started to upcycle it into a hair band for myself!
Cut 5 strips of about 1 inch in width. The T-shirt material doesn't fray, so there's no need to serge the edges.
|Cutting strips of T-shirt|
Lay the ends of the 5 strips together and stitch (by hand or machine) them together securely
|5 strips stitched together|
Stretch each strip lengthwise so that the edges curl up, then proceed to do a 5-strand braid. See here for instructions and lovely braided hair bands!
Stitch the ends together after braiding the required length, it doesn't have to be neat as it'll be covered up with another scrap piece of fabric. Ta-daa! And here's the completed product:
|Upcycled braided hair band|
Lessons learnt from my first braided hair band?
- Measure the length braid smaller as there is some stretch in the braid. Mine was a little loose....
- Stitches at the start and end of the braid should be secure but need not be neat. Any ugly stitches will be covered at the end
- Old T-shirts make really comfy hair bands! :)