Wardrobe Revamp Week 6: How to Make a T-Shirt Flower Headband

Welcome to week 6 of my mission to revamp my wardrobe one outfit at a time, one week at a time. My goal is to grown-up-ify my clothing, plus have some element of every outfit be made by me!

This week's wardrobe revamp was sort of a revamp in reverse. Lately, I'm been having something I call "bulging drawer" syndrome. My drawers are overflowing, and I don't wear half of the things inside them. It was time to look through and bid goodbye to some things.

Like this t-shirt. It's been a great four years we've had together...but it is time, for sure. Goodbye, pink T! I will revamp you into something wearable! I was inspired by how last week's bib necklace used t-shirt flowers, so I've decided to make a cute little headband with some t-shirt flowers created from my retired T, and I wanted to share a tutorial so you can make one too!

How To: Make a Recycled T-Shirt Rosette Headband
in 5 Super Easy Steps

You will need:

1 t-shirt

a scrap of felt


hot glue gun


1. Cut three strips from your t-shirt, about 1" x 16".

2. Twist one strip between your fingers. I put one end under something heavy and did the twisting with both hands.

[ this is the part where my cat, Callie, tried to help out ]

3. Roll the twisted strip, starting at one end, around and around until it starts looking like a flower.

Glue here and there as you're rolling so that it will all stay together.

Leave about 1" free at the end...

...and wrap this underneath your flower and glue in place.

Repeat steps 2 & 3 with two other t-shirt strips.

4. Lay the three flowers on your scrap of felt and glue down.

Trim the felt around the flowers so it can't be seen anymore.

5. Sandwich your headband in between the two felt pieces, with the flowers facing out and placed where you'd like them to sit. Apply glue to the felt piece with the flowers attached, and secure to the remaining felt scrap.

Trim that second felt scrap so it doesn't stick out.

And you're done! Now you just have to wear it proudly!

My photographer was out at parent/teacher night, so I had to go it alone on this one!

Enjoy, and let me know if you make one! I want to see pictures!


  1. love it!!! now that i have more hair I might have to try this.

  2. Jen and I totally made fabric flowers headband last week during Project Runway! We used cotton, tweed, and denim though, so will have to try it with t-shirts. You could make t-shirt yarn the same way you cut the strips and use that to make the base of the headband. :) Also, I've been sewing beads in the middle of these, but some buttons would be SO cute! I've been collecting free t-shirts for the last few weeks to use in my Bling Bling classes this fall. My only problem is the hot glue -- did you burn yourself at all? Jen and I both ended up with blistered, which makes me think doing this project with 13-year-olds might not be great. What do you think?

  3. P.S. love the picture of your cat "helping"! I was taking pictures of some of my new line of jewelry this afternoon and when I turned around, both of my cats were sleeping sprawled out on my desk. I took that as a sign that I needed to take a break!

  4. Yay Erica and Moira! Let me know how they turn out!

    Hot glue is a little iffy...if you're worried about the kids getting burned, maybe try craft glue? It would take a little longer....but no blisters involved...I definitely plan on doing this with my high school students, but I think they can handle the hot glue. I think they're more scared of using a needle than the glue gun!

    Ah yes, Callie should be a constant reminder that I need to take breaks and rest. Then again, she rests enough for the both of us. And then some.

  5. hello,

    i really like this.. do you think it is possible to make it with gutrman glue?( for fabric?)

    thank you so much!!!

  6. if it's glue for fabric, it probably would. does it dry as fast as hot glue? you might just need to hold it for a bit til it sets, but it should do the trick!

  7. You did a great job with this! I think I'm definitely going to have to try it out. I love any project that reuses t-shirts. I made an eBook on t-shirt sewing projects that you might like: http://www.allfreesewing.com/Refashioning-and-Upcycling/9-Ways-to-Transform-Old-T-Shirts-eBook


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