Today’s post is part practical tip and part easy craft, so I’m going to go ahead and call it a “practi-craft.” ;-) This particular practi-craft takes the form of a DIY headscarf made from a t-shirt, and it couldn’t be easier to make—or more useful!
But before we get started, I’m sure that some of you might be wondering why someone would choose to wear a t-shirt as a headscarf as opposed to, say, silk or something a little fancier. I wondered the same thing at first! So before we get to the “how” of making a t-shirt headscarf, I thought it would be helpful to explore the “why” behind using a t-shirt in the first place.
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So here are three occasions where having a t-shirt headscarf can really come in handy! :-)
3 Smart Ways To Use A T-Shirt Headscarf
#1 – Cover Your Head
This idea was originally shared with me by an OGT reader named Elise, who said she used this method to cover her head when she was going through chemotherapy. Many chemo patients prefer t-shirts over other headscarf options, because the fabric is really gentle on their sensitive and easily irritated skin.
#2 – Dry Curly Hair
For those with curly hair, try wrapping your hair up in this t-shirt headscarf instead of a towel after washing your hair! Even Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl and respected authority on curly hair, says that traditional towels “ absorb too much moisture, which curly hair needs.”
Wrapping your hair up in a t-shirt instead will help absorb excess water without removing too much moisture from your hair. That means softer, smoother, and less frizzy hair!
#3 – Keep Hair Dry
I’ve started using a my own t-shirt headscarf as a shower cap of sorts! I just wrap my hair up before getting in the shower and it helps keep my hair protected from the water (as long as I don’t stick my head directly under the shower head.)
I’ve used plastic shower caps in the past, but they always made my head feel sweaty within a few minutes of wearing them. The t-shirt headscarf is so much more breathable, so my hair stays dry and my head stays sweat-free!
Alright, now that you know why the t-shirt headscarf is useful, let’s get to how to make it! You just need a shirt, some scissors, and about five minutes to make one. :-) Here’s how to do it!
How To Make A T-Shirt Headscarf
- An old t-shirt
- Sharp scissors
Start by cutting a straight line across your t-shirt, from the bottom of one arm hole to the bottom of the other. Discard the top portion of the shirt, or set it aside to use in another project.
Drape the lower portion of the shirt over your head, placing the finished seam along your forehead.
Draw the excess fabric together at the back of your head and twist to keep it in place.
Finally, draw the excess fabric over the top of your head so that it wraps around your forehead and stays in place. Fabulous!
What other uses could you find for this t-shirt headscarf?