DIY Stay in Place Turban Towel

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DIY Stay in Place Turban Towel Tutorial w/ free pattern!

Brrr…  It’s getting cold out there and I don’t like seeing my little missy walking around after her bath with a wet head!  We can’t seem to locate any of our turban towels, so I whipped up a few more and have the pattern and tutorial to share with you today!

Easy to sew, Stay in Place Turban Towel Head Wrap for girls!

Turban Towel Tutorial

I love my daughter’s hair.  It’s so long, beautiful, and thick with just a touch of waviness.  

Her hair wasn’t always this way, she was definitely a “slow hair grower.”  Finally, when she was between 3 and 4 yrs old, the hair growing gene kicked on and it grew like crazy! (I tell her she’s not allowed to cut it until at least middle school- hopefully, by then she won’t want to, ha ha!)

Anyway, she has so much hair now, it takes so long to dry it with the hairdryer.  I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to wrap a big bath towel around a small head- it just doesn’t work! I came across one of these little headwraps several years ago and have made a few over the years.

They’ve pretty much all disappeared over the summer,  so I made a couple more recently and digitized the pattern for you to print and make a few for your little one.  (These do fit adults too, but since we can use regular towels- it’s not really needed…)

One thing to keep in mind when choosing the fabric for this project is that the “toweling” you use needs to be kind of thin since it needs to be wrapped up on a small head and tucked into the loop.  I have found the cheap colored towels from Ikea work well and Kohl’s had a thin one that would work too.  Amazon has terry cloth fabric here and Fabric.com has a nice selection of terry cloth here.  (One is even a microfiber terry cloth, which would be awesome- but it’s kind of pricey…)

They are so easy to make- like ten minutes from start to finish.  If you have a little girl with long hair you’ll wonder how you made it so long without one of these Turban Towel Head wraps!

This pattern includes a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Find the pattern here. Save it to your PC, open the pdf document in adobe acrobat. Don’t print from google’s online version of adobe. (It will sometimes cause the pattern to print to small.)

How to Sew a Stay in Place Turban Towel

Materials needed:

  • Pattern:   PRINT HERE
  • 2/3 yard of 40 inch wide terry cloth fabric or a thin bath towel.  (the measurement of the turban is about 11 by 25 inches)
  • 4 inches of 1/4 inch elastic
  • Basic sewing supplies


Print pattern, tape together and cut out.

Use the pattern to cut out two fabric pieces.

Line up the pattern pieces.

Fold elastic in half and line the loose edges up with the raw edge of the towel.  (Error in the photo below- my elastic is not lined up with the edge in this photo, but it should have been!!!)

Sew around the top and sides of the towel, leaving the bottom open.

Serge or zig zag with your sewing machine around the seam and all the way around the bottom.

Fold the bottom up 1/2 inch and hem.

Flip the towel right side out and you are done!

No more wet nightgown backs!

If you make one of these, be sure to come back and share a picture on my Facebook page or tag me on instagram!

My favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics favorite for cottons Fabric.com.

Product used and recommended in this post:

  1. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
  2. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  3. Rotary Cutter
  4. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
  5. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  6. Universal Needles
  7. Ball Point needles Ball point double needle
  8. Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
  9. Blind hem foot.
  10. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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  1. I love the photos and your kids. I want to try this at home with my little girl. Great work

  2. Carmen Vasquez says:

    Thanks I made one for my 2 year old grand daughter . She always wants to wear one because I have one on when we get out of the shower.

  3. Is there a reason why you sewed the turban together then serged the edges rather than use the serger to sew together and overlock at the same time?

    1. Not exactly sure what you are asking… I pretty much serged the whole thing. Except the final hem, which I used my sewing machine on. (Not everyone has a serger, but if you do then you probably know what you can just serge and where you will need to use a straight stitch.)

  4. Shantel Jones says:

    I love this! I should try it in knit for my curly hair so it doesn't frizz!