Photo by Jessica at Cardelucci Photography + Design

Happy Fashion Friday, and welcome to my third Workout DIY!
If you’ve already made my DIY Workout Shirt and DIY Multi-Strand Scarf you can now complete your look with a DIY Workout Headband! Keep your bangs or little whispy hairs out of your face during an intense sweat session, or hit the yoga studio in style with this super cute five strand braided headband!

Who doesn’t’ want to be decked out from head to toe in homemade RFFMBT no-sew workout clothes?!
DIY Workout Headband
Makes one chic headband
You could make up to 3 headbands depending on the size of your shirt & amount of fabric left! 

Ingredients:
1 old T-shirt
1 pair of scissors
1 piece of tape
30 minutes

1. Start with a large T-shirt. Any old shirt will do! Seamless is a plus!

2. Cut off the bottom hem of the shirt. Then cut five 1in wide strips horizontally across the shirt starting from the bottom. You can use a ruler to guide a straight line across the shirt, but don’t worry if they aren’t perfect.

3. Set the bottom hem aside. Stretch all of the remaining strips until they become long, and the raw edges start to roll inwards.

4. Cut the five strands in half so they become long strands (instead of circles).

5. Gather the five strands, and secure them onto a hard surface with tape. This will make it easier for you to braid. Take the outside left strand and place it one over to the right.

6. Take the middle strand and place it one over to the left.

7.  Take the outside right strand and place it one over to the left.

8. Take the middle strand and place it one over to the right.

9.  Have you noticed the pattern? outside over one to the right, middle over one to the left, outside over one to the left, middle over one to the right … work from the left three strands, to the right 3 strands. Keep repeating these steps (9-12 are the same as 5-8)! Take the outside left strand and place it one over to the right.

10. Take the middle strand and place it one over to the left.

11.  Take the outside right strand and place it one over to the left.

12. Take the middle strand and place it one over to the right.

13. Once you have finished braiding, trim the headband to fit your head, leaving about an inch on each end for knotting.

14. Start by double knotting one strand from each end of the braid together.

15. Match each end with another strand from the opposite end and double knot.

16. Trim the ends off of the double knots, and you’re done!

Tadaaaa! A chic headband for your next workout! You could even make 2 or 3 headbands out of one shirt, woo!
Post or email your photos if you make a headband! I can’t wait to see your creations! 

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52 Responses so far.

  1. I need to make one of these for the Color Run I am runnig tomorrow morn. It would be PERFECT!!

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    • Awesome Idea!

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  2. Love it! My favorite color.

    Response from Jacqualyn B.
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    • Thank you!

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  3. So cute! I love your blog, your story and your strength… Thank you for sharing!

    Response from Desiree
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    • Thank you so much Desiree! Im so happy you found my blog, I’m loving yours :) Health & Happiness xo

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  4. You can actually braid yout hair like this, it’s called the five points braid!
    It looks awesome

    Response from Jessica
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    • Omg Jessica I need to learn how to do that!

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  5. Gah! So adorable! I was JUST saying that I had way too many t-shirts. Great idea!! :D

    Response from Ashley
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    • Hahaha perfect way to put those shirts to good use :)

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  6. Omg I just found out about your blog and I can’t stop reading! The only blog where I feel the urge to try out EVERY recipe. Keep up the good work!

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    • Awww thank you! I am so happy you found my blog, thank you so much for the compliments and for reading! Health & Happiness xo

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  7. Catherine– I am OBSESSED with your blog! (Or website… what’s the proper vocab here?) I found it through your post on the awesome workout shirt (i was actually running today and was like “jeez i gotta make that shirt, it’s too hot out for sleeves”), but I’m so glad to see there’s so much more! Specifically, more food/weight related stuff. I not only find so many things to relate to (body image/healthy food/sometimes not healthy food– shout out), but a ton of things to work towards as well! Keep up the amazing work, I’m so glad I found this! Apologies for the word vom.

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    • Hahaha Louisa you’re hilarious! Thank you so much for the compliments, you are so sweet and I really really appreciate hearing feedback from readers! It’s comments like this that make me so happy to blog every day! Health & Happiness xo

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  8. This is so cute! I made this and the DIY workout shirt out of the same t-shirt, even though the shirt is a little short. They are both still really cute and I love it! Thanks sooooo much for this idea :D

    Response from Jojo
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    • Awesome! So glad you loved the tutorials and have some new workout gear :) xo

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  9. Hey, please post more DIYs..i love all your projects..
    thanks so much..

    Response from Meenakshi
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    • Thanks Meenakshi! I love DIY’s so except more in the future :)

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  10. Made one..LOVE IT! I cant wait to experiment with different colors. Im wearing mine as i type this :D

    Response from Ang
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    • Too cute! Glad you loved the tutorial! Health & Happiness xo

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  11. Just found your blog and I’m obsessed! Pretty sure I’ve already read through every post! You’re a great inspiration to strive for a healthy lifestyle, keep it up! Educate and motivate!

    Response from Claire
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    • Thank you so much Claire! That means so much to me! Health & Happiness xo

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  12. This is too cute! You could even make multicolored ones with different strands of different colored shirts! Can’t wait to try this out! :)

    Response from Elle
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    • Love the multicolored idea!

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  13. Catherine- Thank you for blogging! You literally make my day when you have a new post up. I can’t wait to try this craft.

    Since discovering your DIYs no t-shirt in my house is safe!

    Response from Ashley
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    • You are so sweet! Thank you so much :) xo

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  14. I need to make this ASAP, and take it to Israel with me!

    Response from Behnaz
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    • Yes!!! Super cute for vacation! xo

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  15. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

    Jillian

    Response from Jillian Mckee
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    • Hi Jillian! I receive hundreds of emails a day so I am no longer accepting personal emails, but you are welcome to ask in a comment or via Facebook! Health & Happiness xo

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  16. Thank you so much. I made my first one today and I love it. Can’t wait to make other ones. Tried to make the tank tips as well but I need to find higher t shirts. I truly can relate to your blog. I’ve been struggling with weight all my life and just need to get it together but it’s a struggle everyday. Keep up the good work. You help me everyday.

    Response from Elvia
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    • So glad you loved the headband Elvia! I’m so happy that you found my blog and can relate! Health & Happiness xo

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  17. I have a question about this headband (I’m just about to make one!) — Since it’s a workout headband, and it’s made from t-shirt material, can it be washed and dried w/o compromising the size/stability of it?

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    • As long as the Tshirt has already been washed and dried (shrunken) before you make the headband it should be fine in the washer! xo

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  18. This would be adorable to make a matching sweat band for you wrist. My son & I work out today. I found your blog when we got home. I am so making the headband workout shirt and a wrist band. Thank you.

    Response from Melissa
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    • Too cute Melissa!

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  19. Hi Catherine, I’ve tried it twice but the bands I cut won’t roll in nice little tubes, and so the result is kinda ugly… I think that’s the fabric, any advice or hints on what you used ?

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    • Hi Emilie! I used a 100% cotton shirt, so when I stretched the strips they got super long and the edges rolled right in! It could be the fabric of your shirt? or maybe the way it was woven?

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      • Yes, I think the shirt is to blame… I’m not giving up though :)
        To be continued …

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  20. Thanks for this idea – it was so easy! I just made one in under 20 minutes. I’ll definitely be making more very soon!

    Response from Jenna
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    • That’s great Jenna! Glad you loved it! xo

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  21. I’ve been really into DIY projects lately, expecially upcycling my old clothes and T-shirts! I’m definitely going to be trying this headband out once I find a shirt to use! I’m thinking a few K-State shirts (I’m thinking a purple one, grey one, and white one!) would turn into a lovely gameday headband, and whatever’s left over I can use to make a matching purse! <3

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    • So cute! I cannot wait for you to make it, Devin!

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  22. Just made this, so simple and very cute!

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  23. I loved the idea of this headband so much that I tried it! I constantly see DIY’s similar to this (turning old T-shirts into other things) but I am always too terrified to try. This tutorial though is easy to follow and is so well organized that anyone can do it! However, being a rookie to DIY’s, this took me about an hour and half. Despite the extra time, I am SO happy with the result! Since I have a hard time finding headbands that are tight enough for a workout and still look good, this is the PERFECT headband for me! I made exactly how tight I wanted it and it looks amazing! I just started reading this blog and I already love it! I can’t wait to try the other DIY’s! Thanks Catherine!

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    • That is so exciting Lauren! I am so happy that you tried it and love your new headband! The braiding is the trickiest part, but I’m sure now you can make headbands with your eyes closed! I cannot wait for you to try some more DIYS! xo

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  24. Hi, Catherine. I tried both the headband and the scarf you made and blogged about it. I featured your link (both to your blog home and your project pages) on my post. Check it out at http://walkslikerain.blogspot.com/2012/08/upcycled-t-shirt-diy-scarf-headband.html

    Thanks,
    Katie

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  25. Just bought a turqoise men’s XL seamless at my local Goodwill for two bucks. Gonna make a couple!

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  26. I always try to make crafty things and it never works..but I just made one of these and I love it! It came out almost perfect and I’m gonna make more! Thanks for the great tutorial! And thank God for pinterest!

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  27. Only DIY project that I’ve ever been successful at!

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  28. Love them all! Would you teach us how to wrap our hair like you did in the headband photo?

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  29. This is such a great project! I always find that they start to slide up the back so I fixed that by putting a line of hot glue where the headband sits on the underneath of mt head. Instant non-slip!

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