Hair Towel Wrap Sewing Pattern | Madam Sew


Dry your hair elegantly!

Today, I’m sharing an easy hair towel wrap pattern that you can make in less than an hour! Towel 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 because of the possible friction, frizz, and breakage.

If you have long hair, like me, you probably wrap your hair in a towel when you get out of the shower… It’s difficult to hold in place, right? Keeping a towel on your head to keep your hair out of the way and to prevent it from dripping and making a mess while you get dressed is a big hassle, and next to impossible to keep on.

Hair Towel Wrap Pattern

That is why this DIY hair towel wrap is such a great upgrade! It is lightweight, practical and very easy to make. This wrap features a button to secure the towel 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.

Towel Hair Wrap
View of Towel Hair Wrap from the Side
View of Towel Hair Wrap from the Back
View of Towel Hair Wrap from the Front

You can make this towel hair wrap in just 15 minutes. It is both a great beginner project and a stash buster. Scraps of jersey fabric, terry cloth, or even an old t-shirts or towels 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.

Gather Supplies for the Hair Towel Wrap

You don’t need a lot for this hair towel wrap pattern… Here’s a list of things to get:

  • 2 pieces of 12 x 25 inch (or 1 fabric piece of 24 x 25 inch or 1 fabric piece 12 x 50 inch)

  • 1 regular button

  • the printed hair towel wrap pattern (you will find the link further down in this blog)

  • a piece of elastic, 2 inch long and about ⅜ inch wide

  • matching thread

Supplies for DIY Towel Hair Wrap

Sewing Directions

Step 1 : The Pattern

Download the free sewing pattern HERE, print and cut it out, then tape the different pieces together so you get one 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.

Hair Towel Wrap Pattern Assembly Diagram
Cut Hair Towel Wrap Pattern Out
Assemble Hair Towel Wrap Pattern

Step 2 : Cut the Fabric

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

Trace Hair Towel Wrap Pattern onto Fabric
Cut Hair Towel Wrap Pieces Out
Hair Towel Wrap Fabric Pieces

Step 3 : Sew the Main Pieces

Pin the two fabric pieces together, right sides facing. Sew along the long curved edge with a ⅜ inch seam allowance. I'm using my sewing clips instead of pins, much faster to attach and no pin pricks!

If this is your first time sewing with stretch fabrics, you might want to read this blog first where I'm sharing nine easy tips to avoid wavy hems and popped seams.

Place Pattern Pieces Rights Sides Together
Pin or Clip Along Long Curved Edge
Sew with Right Sides Together

Now finish the raw edge with a serger or with an overlock stitch and overcast 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 sew at ¼ inch.

I can refer to this blog for an introduction on finishing edges with an overcast foot. You don't need to invest in a serger to finish your edges neatly!

Sew Along Long Curve
Finish Edges with an Overlock Stitch
Topstitch Seam for a Nice Finish

Step 4 : Hem the Edges

Fold the straight edge ½ inch in, all the way around, press it, and pin it 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.

Insert Elastic Loop in Fold at Bottom Center
Fold Edge ½ Inch All Around
Around Entire Edge

Step 5 : The Button

Hand-sew a button onto the larger end of the towel wrap, right in the middle at the bottom, on the right side. If you want to learn how to attach a button the right way, go to this blog about hand-sewing buttons.

Sew Button on Bottom of Hair Towel Wrap
Button and Elastic on Hair Towel Wrap

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And that’s it! Your fancy towel headwrap is ready! Did you see that these sell for $30 in stores? A towel wrap also makes an amazing and easy last-minute gift for friends, moms, sisters, and daughters!

Finished Hair Towel Wrap
Hair Towel Wrap from the Back
Hair Towel Wrap on Head
Button Closure on Hair Towel Wrap

How to Wrap the Towel Around Your Head

To put the 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. :-)

Throw Hair Forward Before Placing Wrap
Twist Towel Wrap in the Front
Place Towel Wrap Over Hair
Pull Hair Towel Wrap to the Back
Join Ends in Front of Hair Towel Wrap
Fasten Button on Hair Towel Wrap
Enjoy Your Hair Towel Wrap

Have fun sewing and drying your hair with this easy towel hair wrap pattern! It is a very beginner-proof project for any sewist, it doesn't take long to make and is a very practical little thing that will get a lot of use! I promise!

Did you see my blogs about making headbands? I have a tutorial for a twisted headband for summer and a DIY winter hairband in fleece.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments or write me an email


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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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