Introduction: Sailor's Knot T-Shirt Headband

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Here is part two of my series on T-shirt reuse in crafts! This time, a cool-looking bi-colored sailor's knot headband.

Step 1: You Will Need

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  • 2 different colored t-shirts
  • Scissors

Step 2: Cut Your Fabric

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Cut a thin tube of fabric by cutting about a 1.5 inch wide strip from the bottom of your-tshirts (don't use the hem).

Step 3: Tie the Knot

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We will be tying a sailor's knot as a way to connect our two strips of fabric. Although the pictures might make the knot look pretty and intricate, there's really only 3 simple steps.

  • Make a U'shape with one strip of fabric, and then a loop with the other
  • Tuck the "top' (left) tail of the loop under the "U" (first picture)
  • Put the bottom (in the picture) side of the U underneath the loop (second picture)
  • With the top side of the "U", bring it through the loop, underneath the bottom side of the "U", and over the top of the loop.
  • If you tied it correctly, you'll get something like the third picture - a sailor's knot

Step 4: Tighten

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Tighten the knot by pulling gently on the 4 ends of the fabric. You should see an interesting, almost braid-like result! (I switch to an orange and white knot here because I realized the black color won't show up nicely on my hair)

Step 5: Measure Your Head

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Take your headband and wrap it around your head - most likely, it will be too small to fit around your whole head, so we'll add on a second strip of connecting fabric for some length.

  • Measure how much length you need for the headband to fully wrap around your head.
  • Cut a strip of fabric about 1.25x that length
  • Thread that fabric between the 4 loops of your headband and tie it off in a knot
  • Now, you should have a fully connected ring of fabric for your headband!

Step 6: Wear and Enjoy

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Put the headband on, and enjoy the simplicity, yet intricacy of this sailor's knot headband!


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