The turban dates back to the 14th century at the time of the Moorish occupation of Spain. Turbans originated as simple head coverings for men and consisted of wrapped and twisted linen that protected the head and shaded the eyes. However, in the West, the turban enjoyed popularity in the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s as a fashionable women’s accessory. Cancer patients also take advantage of its sleek design and protective structure. If you’re in the market for a turban hat, you can easily transform an old T-shirt into one.
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Lay your T-shirt out in front of you on a flat surface. Cut out a rectangle measuring 20 inches by 10 inches from the bottom of the T-shirt, ensuring 1 of the long sides is hemmed.
Fold the left side of your rectangle over to the right side to create a square, matching the sides up perfectly. Your crease should be a vertical line on the left side, and the hemmed edge should be nearest to you.
Use chalk to draw a curve on the folded rectangle to round off the top right corner. Draw the curve from the top left corner of the folded rectangle to the bottom right corner. This will help you round out the edges for your turban.
Pin the sides of the turban together. Trim off the excess fabric. Sew the top and right side together along the curved line, leaving the bottom open. Leave a gap of around 1/2 inch in the top left-hand corner, where the front of the turban will be. Turn the turban right side out.
Fold 3 pleats starting from the bottom of your turban at the back of it. Each pleat should be 1/2 inch apart. Pin them down securely, and sew them in place, making small, tight stitches.
Cut a piece of fabric from your T-shirt that is 4 inches by 3 inches. Fold it in half the long way, and secure the 2 sides together with pins. Sew along the long edge.
Thread this strip of fabric through the hole you left earlier at the front of your turban, wrapping it down and around the bottom of your turban. Sew the 2 ends of the strip together. This will give your turban fabric a shirred appearance.
Fasten a large brooch at the front of the turban, over your threaded strip.
References and ResourcesMillinery Techniques: History and Information on Turbans
The Guardian; Craft Project -- T-Shirt Turban for Women; Mary Jane Baxter; September 22, 2009