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How to Sew a Simple Shower Turban

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Sew together a shower turban

Sew together a shower turban

Turn a Towel Into a Shower Turban!

Would you like to make a simple shower turban that can also be used to keep hair out of your face when you're applying makeup? I've sewn many of these turbans to give as gifts to family members and friends. My college and teenage granddaughters and their mothers love them and use theirs every day.

Now that summer is almost over; it is the perfect time to purchase beach towels because they are on clearance—you can get them at a terrific price! Last summer, I purchased the towel shown above for $4.98. This plush-type towel measured 34"x62", and I made four turbans from it. Trust me when I say that you, and anyone you make a shower turban for, will love it. Let's get started!

What You'll Need

  • Beach towel, bath towel, or terry cloth fabric.
  • 3/8" elastic.
  • Pattern: Print out the sections and tape them together.
Above is the list of materials you'll need for a simple shower turban.

Above is the list of materials you'll need for a simple shower turban.

1. Get a Plush Beach Towel

This is the beach towel that I paid $4.98 for. Of course, I bought more of them because I wanted to make many shower turban gifts.

  • I like plush towels because I think they have a more expensive look, but regular beach towels would work also.
  • You can also use large bath towels or terry cloth fabric.
  • If the beach towels are purchased in late summer, those towels are the best buy, cost-wise.
Fold the towel in half.

Fold the towel in half.

2. Fold the Towel in Half

Carefully fold the towel, making sure the edges are even. Lay your pattern on the towel to see which way gives you the most turbans. Pin and cut. Make a dot where the elastic will be inserted.

You can get four beach turbans with one towel!

You can get four beach turbans with one towel!

3. Four Turbans From One Beach Towel

This photo just shows you how I was able to get four turbans cut from one beach towel.

Cut a 4" piece of 3/8" wide elastic, fold it in half, and insert it with the loop side to the inside.

Cut a 4" piece of 3/8" wide elastic, fold it in half, and insert it with the loop side to the inside.

4. Elastic Fastener

Cut a 4" piece of 3/8" wide elastic, fold it in half, and insert it with the loop side to the inside. This should be between the turban pieces. Pin or baste in place.

You'll want to sew the rounded edge.

You'll want to sew the rounded edge.

5. Sew the Rounded Edge

Sew the rounded edge of the shower turban in a 1/2" seam. I found that pinning the edge before I started sewing kept the fabrics from shifting.

With a wide zig-zag stitch, finish the sewn edge.

With a wide zig-zag stitch, finish the sewn edge.

6. Zig-Zag the Sewn Edge

With a wide zig-zag stitch, finish the sewn edge. This will keep the edge from fraying and also contain the fuzz. Use a wide stitch with close-length stitches.

Now hem the straight side.

Now hem the straight side.

7. Hem the Straight Side

Start hemming the turban at the top or bottom seam. I find that if I make a small slash in the seam (about 1/4" from the edge) and turn it in the opposite direction as the rest of the seam, it's easier to hem over the layers of fabric.

All done! Enjoy your four simply-made shower turbans.

All done! Enjoy your four simply-made shower turbans.

You're Finished!

Shower turbans are so easy to make and are a much-appreciated gift. Be sure to try one for yourself. If you need to make the turban larger or smaller, just add or subtract a half inch or inch to the straighter side of the turban pattern.

Here's how to use the shower turban.

Here's how to use the shower turban.

How to Use The Shower Turban

I know that it seems like it should be really easy to know how to put the turban on, but just in case you'd like to see pictures, I've included these. Haley's hair wasn't wet when these pictures were taken. Wet hair would be easier to tuck into the turban.

First tuck your hair into the turban.

First tuck your hair into the turban.

1. Tuck Your Hair Into the Turban

Tuck your long hair into the smaller part of the shower turban.

Then do the twist!

Then do the twist!

2. Do the Twist

Simply twist the small end of the turban with your hair tucked inside.

To hold your turban in place, slip the end into the elastic loop.

To hold your turban in place, slip the end into the elastic loop.

3. Slip the End Into the Elastic Loop

Slip the end into the elastic loop to hold your shower turban in place. Easy, wasn't it?

The shower turban is in place. You can put on your makeup or curl up on the couch to watch a movie or read a book.

Enjoy your shower turban.

Enjoy your shower turban.

Questions & Answers

Question: How is the pattern pieced together when making a shower turban?

Answer: On a flat surface, lay pattern piece "B" across. and to the right, of pattern piece "A." Then line up pattern piece "C" under pattern piece "A" and align pattern piece "D" alongside "C" and under "B." Then place pattern piece "D" under "B." Pattern piece "E" is blank, but is placed under "C" and pattern piece "F" is aligned with "E" and under "D." Now fold the pattern pieces at the broken lines, match the pattern lines and tape the pieces together.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

Would You Like a Shower Turban Like This? - or leave a comment

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 27, 2013:

What a cool use for a beach towel. I love how this can be done for the good parts of a towel that has some damage.