Lace and Gem Turban

Learn how to make a lace headband or turban by sewing and adding embellishments.

  • Author: Project DIY
  • Time required: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

You will learn sewing and gluing techniques through this guide.

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Step 1 Lace and Gem Turban  ¶ 

  • Step 1: Gathering Your Materials and Preparing your Needle

  • Gather the materials needed for this project. We have included everything -- even your needle and thread.

  • Thread your needle with two yards of thread-- doubled over to create one yard.

  • Make a double knot at the end to secure. You may want to even add a third or fourth to bulk up the knot so it won't slide through the lace.

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Next, you will prepare your headband for sewing.

  • The lace measures 22", which will create a standard sized 21" headband. If you prefer a more snug fit, measure the lace around your head and then lay it flat on a surface to trim off the excess. Reminder: the lace will need approximately 1" overlap where you will sew it closed.

  • Gather the end of one side and fold like an accordion with approximately one inch between each crease.

  • Use the needle to hold your fabric in place.

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Step 3  ¶ 

  • Repeat the folding on the other end, and lay one accordion folded edge on top of the other, overlapping by about 1 inch.

  • Starting from one side insert the needle and sew a straight line across to the other side. We used a basic Running Stitch (up and down through the fabric). You can used more advanced sewing techniques based on your skill level.

  • Continuing sewing along the overlapping edges, creating a square shape. This will secure the edges of the fabric so that they sit flat against your head.

  • Once you have sewn along the 4 edges, make a knot a cut the string.

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • Rethread your needle with another two yards folded over to create one yard, and knot at the end.

  • Lay your round filigree medallion on top of the newly created square stitch.

  • Insert your needle on the underside of the lace, pulling through the front, passing through one of the openings in your medallion.

  • Pull the string toward the edge of the medallion so that the thread fits into the grooves surrounding the piece. Insert the needle back through the lace and repeat the process.

  • Continuing sewing around the entire pendant until your reach the other end of the string. Create a knot and cut the edges.

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Step 5  ¶ 

  • To complete the headband, add a small amount of your E6000 glue to the center of the medallion.

  • Place the navette stone onto the glue, pressing gently for five seconds.

  • Clear away any excess glue with a cotton swab and allow glue to dry 24 hours.

  • Prepare to dazzle in your new Gem Turban!

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This isn't something that I would wear, but I love the lace and will definitely use it on another project! But, the stone and medallion are great...I just assembled those and am going to add a pin back when it's dry. Simple and a lot of sparkle!

Katie , · Reply

Hi Katie! Thanks so much for your comment, we love hearing about different ways that our fans use our materials. The medallion as a pin is a great idea!! We'd love to see a photo of your unique finished projects on our facebook page or via social using the #mjprojectdiy hashtag.

Project DIY,

I made this, and it came out looking great! I don't know that I'll wear it much, but I have seen head wraps gaining in popularity--and Downton Abbey helps, too. We'll see...

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