Thursday, 3 January 2013

This From That Series: Headband from an Old Shirt

I found this shirt in my pile of 'old stuff to repurpose'.  Although it's difficult to tell from these amazing pictures I took, it is brown ribbing with an embroidery/sequin/beaded collar.
The beading caught my eye right away.  I knew it would be great on a headband - I've seen some awesome vintage-inspired headbands on Pinterest just like this.
The first thing I had to do was actually make the headband.  I went with a super duper easy and stylish pattern for a turban-style headband from Honeybee Vintage. 
My headband turned out a little something like this...

After the headband was made, I (very carefully) removed half of the collar from the top of the shirt.  I decided to use only half of the collar because the whole collar was an odd shape and it was a bit too long to wrap around the headband. 

I pinned the collar onto the headband - placing it over the seam and not over the area where the band is twisted (the twisted part will go towards the back of the head).  I only sewed each end of the collar to allow for stretching of the headband.   

Here's the finished product. 

I snapped a few different angles...


I think this would have been a little nicer with a thinner band (maybe just an elastic) or one that ties at the back of the head.  I still have half of the shirt left, so I may fiddler around and see what I can come up with!

So that's it.  My This From That series is officially back up and running.  I have two garbage bags, one Rubbermaid tub and one dresser FULL of old clothes and materials begging to be used.  Until next week...

Thanks for reading :D


  1. I'm always so impressed by craft-y people. This would just never occur to me!

  2. Nice job Jess. It is so mch fun to create from the clothes we do not wear. Have fun

  3. I see you making the garter for the wedding....vintage style!

  4. I like the look of it and I think it looks like something from the flapper style era, doesn't it? I usually stick to the kitchen but I might have a go at something similar now you have inspired me.

  5. You're so good repurposing your clothes! I wish I was more motivated to do this, the headband turned out great. Have you read P.S. I Made This? It's got some great ideas in there too!

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