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Easy DIY Hair Towel Wrap | Madam Sew

Easy DIY Hair Towel Wrap | Madam Sew

How to Make a Towel Turban - free pattern

With this easy sewing tutorial with a free downloadable pattern you can sew your own hair turban with a button or make this hair towel wrap for a friend. A perfect solution to dry your hair comfortably with respect for your curls, long or delicate hair. It is also a perfect DIY gift for a friend or a relative! I made two because I'm using these hair wraps so much. They are also very easy to wash.

Air drying your hair is probably your best bet if you prefer not to process your hair with heat or deal with the complexities of using a blow dryer properly. However, an aggressive towel attack can be just as damaging as the heat from your blow dryer. Rubbing your hair against a rough towel can cause friction, frizz, and breakage.

If you have long hair, like I have, you probably wrap your hair in a towel - difficult to hold in place, right? Keeping a towel on your head in order to keep your hair out of the way and to prevent it from dripping and making a mess while you dress is a big hassle, and next to impossible to keep on.

That is why this wrap is such a great upgrade! It is lightweight, practical and very easy to make. This wrap comes with a button to secure the wrap in place, and can also be used as a sleep-wrap to keep hair in place overnight. This wrap fits a variety of head shapes and sizes, but if you have very long or thick hair, you might want to make it a little longer.

You can make this hair wrap in 15 minutes. It is both a great beginner project and a stash buster. Scraps of jersey fabric, terry cloth or even an old t-shirt or towel are great fabric options for this project, but it is best to use fabric that isn’t too thick. If you want the fancy version, you can choose microfiber or bamboo fabric to make it super absorbent.

You’ll need:

  • 2 pieces 12 x 25 inch or 1 fabric piece of 24 x 25 inch or 12 x 50 inch
  • 1 button
  • a piece of elastic, 2 inch long and about ⅜ inch wide
  • matching thread
towel wrap pattern

Step 1 - Assemble the PDF Pattern of the Head Wrap

Download the free head wrap sewing pattern HERE, print and cut it out, then tape the different pieces together so you get 1 pattern piece. If you want, you can also draw the pattern yourself. It will also work even if you don’t make an exact copy. Take a look at the shape, the longest line is 25 inch, the highest point is 12 inch.

assemble 6 pieces

Step 2 - Cut out the 2 Head Wrap Pattern Pieces

Copy the pattern twice on your fabric & cut out. Make sure you mirror the shape if your fabric has a wrong and a right side.

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Step 3 - Sew the 2 Pattern Pieces Together and Finish the Edges

Pin the 2 fabric pieces together, right sides facing. Sew along the long curved edge at ⅜ inch.

Now finish the raw edge with a serger or with an overlock stitch and overlock presser foot on your sewing machine. For a nice finish, you can also sew the seam down with an extra row of stitching. To do this, press the seam to one side and topstitch at ¼ inch.

Step 4 - Hem and Insert the Loop for the Headwrap

Fold the straight edge ½ inch in, all around, and press it and pin down. Insert the elastic as a little loop in between the seam on the narrow end of the wrap and then stitch the hem all around.

I'm using sewing clips to hold everything in place, much easier than pins.

Step 5 - Hand sew the button for the headwrap

Hand sew a button onto the larger end of the towel wrap, right in the middle, on the right side.

And that’s it! Your fancy diy headwrap is ready! Did you see that these sell for 30 dollars? It also makes an amazing and easy last-minute gift for friends, moms, sisters and daughters!

How to Put the Headwrap on your Head?

To put the towel wrap on your head, first gently squeeze excess water from your hair. Then, flip your head upside down (1) and place the wrap over your hair (2). The button should be on your neck. Twist your hair in the wrap (3 & 4) and then bring it back to the back of your head (5). Secure the elastic loop at the end of the towel around the button (6). Now you can feel free to do anything around the house with your hair up, from reading a book to doing the dishes or sewing another hair wrap for your best friend :-)

Sewing a head wrap is not difficult with this free turban head wrap sewing pattern that you can download for free together with the instructions.

Have fun sewing and drying your hair ;-)

Any questions? Don't hesistate to get in touch


Download the PDF Pattern for the MadamSew Hair Towel Wrap Pattern 
Download the PDF of the tutorial MadamSew Hair Towel Wrap Instructions 


  • Thank you so much for the Free PDF tutorial and pattern for the MadameSew Head Wrap Towel. This is the perfect addition for the hair care products basket or as a stocking stuffer!!!

  • Thank you for sharing… a super quick & easy sew thanks to the very clear instructions and printable pattern.

    Nicole Wilson
  • I’ve been making these for years for my granddaughters. They love them. I made 23 for the swim team for sectionals.

    Elsie Simpson
  • Looks like a great pattern.
    @Laraine, to mirror the pattern you are correct. One piece should be cut with right side face up and the other piece cut with the wrong side face up. When you proceed to step 3, the pattern should line up when the two right sides are facing each other.
    How i often cut patterns like this, is before cutting to them, i lay the two pieces on top of each other right side together. Then pin the pattern on and cut both pieces at the same time.

  • I’m confused by directions. It says to mirror the pieces before cutting. I cut the first piece with right side facing me, should I now cut the second piece with the wrong side facing me since my fabric has a right and wrong side?

    Laraine Tyska

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