Ok, this whole turban thing is becoming my favorite! They're so cute to wear for any occasion and I love that you can make them to specifically fit your own head just the way you want. Plus if you have a ton of scrap fabric stashed away (I totally do!) then this is a perfect way to use it up!
For this turban I am using a regular knit, although any fabric will do. A stretchy knit is probably the best way to go since this turban doesn't untie and you'll need to be fairly accurate for the sizing. I have a sewing machine but you can also use just a ballpoint needle and thread if you don't have a sewing machine.
Measure your head from your forehead to the back of your head by your neck, as you would imagine where the turban will go. Cut your fabric twice that length. For the width, that depends however wide you prefer your turban to be. I like thicker headbands so for mine to be 3 inches I needed to cut 6.
My measurements for my turban are 25 in (length) x 3 in (width) and then I doubled both so it ended up being 50 x 6. Yes, I have a large head, I know!
Fold your fabric hot dog style so that the right side is facing in. I ALWAYS use pins to secure my fabric where I will be sewing it, because when I don't use pins the fabric slides off and I have to undo the stitching and start over. Maybe that's just me, ha! But to get it right the first time, use pins.
For this turban I did 1/4" seam allowance, with a straight stitch pattern. I have used zig zag and it's all up to you. With stretchier fabric I like to go the zig zag route so it holds better when stretched.
Sew all the way from one end to the other, leaving the very end holes open. Turn your fabric right side out. Now, here's a tip: I like to safety pin a ribbon to one end and tie a bigger bead to the other end of the ribbon and drop it through the fabric tube. Pull the bead and ribbon out the other end and ta-da! SO MUCH EASIER to turn your fabric right side out that way. You're welcome! (Then just unhook your safety pin)
Make sure when you sew the ends together, that the seam is facing OUT. This will end up being the inside of your turban and you don't want all the seams to show while you're wearing it. Fold your right side facing fabric in half length wise and sew together.
You can cut off the excess trim if you'd like, I usually don't. Nobody sees that part anyway since it's on the inside of the turban.
Open up your loop and make the seams face inside. At this point I like to have the part where you sewed together, on the far right hand side because that will end up being the back of the turban once you are done.
Look closely for this part. You will need to twist once, JUST like I did. You will twist again a second time. I hold mine up while doing this but I only had one hand to demonstrate with so bare with me.
Take your right side circle and fold it over INTO the left circle. It will fit like a glove. The first time I did this I had to do it 100 times and was so stressed out why my turban wasn't looking right.
See? Like a glove. Now take the circles by the sides and stretch it out (careful not to separate the circles) so that the knot is in the middle.
If you're making it for yourself, try it on at this point and see what is most comfortable. Once you do, take it off and secure the back pieces together so you don't need to always fold the turban together every time you want to wear it. I just do a very small half inch stitch where the original seam is to connect the pieces.
Yay! Now your turban is done and you are a genius at turban making! But seriously, I made dozens of these once I figured it out haha. It's so addicting and they're too cute not to make! Plus they make the best gifts! If you're making one for someone else just make sure you know the size of their noggin before you start. Enjoy!!