From trash to a turban headband

Well known among my friends for never being able to throw anything out, I couldn’t resist when one of them invited me to take on some material that her grandma was getting rid of. Look at the gorgeous marbled colours – would you have been able to say no to this?  

I couldn’t, even though there was only a scrap or three of it left, because I could see a potential scarfy-head-wrappy thing could result if I joined the scraps together. So I lined them up as in the picture above to join them (if you are ever joining scraps to make a longer piece of material eg for a belt, strap or scarf, it is always better to join them on the bias, ie on the diagonal, rather than joining right-angled pieces together, as it distributes the seam more evenly across the fabric). This was what I made:  

Yes, a turban headband… would that be a turband? Oh, and a very happy cat.
Here’s a side view, of the turband anyway. Not of the happy cat. She didn’t think her profile was her most flattering angle, even though I think she’s adorable no matter how you look at her.

It was very easy to make this – even easier if you don’t have to join scraps of material first! You can do it with any scarf that is long enough to easily go around your head, like so: Bring both lengths together in the middle above your head…

Wrap one end over the other…

… and the remaining end over the first one…

Then tuck the ends under the rest of the scarf, and you’re finished! If you like, you can stitch the ends in place so you don’t have to do the wrapping thing every time, although this might not work so well unless the material is a bit stretchy.

Remember you can always add other accessories…. such as earrings and a cat!

I’ve already made use of my turband – here I am wearing it at the MSFW media lunch last week with Limedrop designer Clea Garrick and stylist Connel Chiang, who put on Clea’s scarf especially for this photo 🙂 
You may be wondering whether I’ll be covering any MSFW events on this blog – I will, but not during this week as it’s just too busy! If you want to see some reports in real time, search “MSFW” on the City Weekly site, I’m their official MSFW blogger!

数年前からDIYが好きでよくやっていますが、そうやっていくうちに生地のコレクションがかなりすごいことになっています。しかも、まだ使えるものを捨てるのが嫌いと友達も分かっているから、いらない生地などをよく回してくれます。今日のターバンもそういう余った生地で作りました。長いスカーフみたいな一枚から作るのは 理想的ですが、小さい端切れしかなかったのでいくつかを縫い合わせて一枚にしました。そして上のライラック色のスカーフの写真で分かると思うけど、簡単に頭に巻いて、スティッチでとめました。簡単で便利なアクセサリー、出来上がり!でもやっぱり一番すきなアクセサリーは20才の猫のスキちゃん。かわいいでしょう?