Ugly T-Shirt Flower Headband Tutorial

So headbands are my new favorite things to make right now.  This tutorial uses this:

This horrible, two sizes too big, t-shirt that my oral surgeon gave me after I got my wisdom teeth taken out.  Like I would want to wear this t-shirt in public, looking back and reminiscing on the time I woke up sobbing after the surgery and had puffy cheeks for a week.  seriously dentists. 

And turns it into....

A pretty little flower headband! much better than a stupid dentist shirt. who even knows what a maxillofacial specialist is???

Here's how to make it.

-Old t-shirt. extra points if it's ugly
-Hot glue gun


Step 1: Trace three different size flower templates out of the paper and cut out four flowers in the biggest size, three in the medium, and one in the small. 

Step 2: Stack the flowers on top of each other and sew together through the middle. (PS...sorry for the horrible lighting. I made this while procrastinating for finals studying at like 10:30 PM)

Step 3: Sew on some crystal beads through the middle

Step 4: Make two more flowers in a smaller size.

Step 5: Hot glue the flowers down onto felt.

such a weird, dramatic hot glue picture, eh?

Step 6: Trim away all excess felt from the flowers. Cut out a matching piece of felt for the next step.

Step 7: Measure your elastic to fit around your head and sew together. Sandwich the elastic between bother pieces of felt and hot glue the elastic to both pieces of felt.

And you're done!

Now may you all go out into the world, and make your horrible ugly t-shirts into little pretties :)

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  1. Oh my goodness! You are so stinkin' adorable! I know you are twenty and a grown up but you are so pretty and you just look like such a sweetie in your pics! I am loving this headband and I am so glad you stopped by my blog! Thanks for your sweet comments! I love your pink shoe on your header~or whatever its called~I have been looking for a pair of hot pink pumps but the cheapest pair I have found is over $100...frown Can't wait to see more from you!

  2. So cute! I think I could even pull this off with my a.d.d.! ha! My new addiction is headbands..will have to give it a try!

  3. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT! so cute, great color too. Jen

  4. Thanks for linking these up!

    They are so cute!


  5. that is absolutly beautiful! I love everything about it! It looks so good in your hair. I have never seen this before. I think I might have to make some! I'm a new follower :)

    I hope you come check out my giveaway on my blog today!


  6. Ohmygosh! Genius!!!! I am for sure making this! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. Love what you are doing! So fun and light!! Looking forward to seeing more!

    Check my blog out at
    Free tutorial coming soon : )

  8. I want, I want, I want!!

  9. Gorgeous -Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

  10. thanks for the WONDERFUL tutorial - I made one out of pants (

  11. Very Pretty! great upcycle project!
    happy crafting!

  12. What a good idea! I wish I had seen this before throwing away a couple of sweaters -they were not too thick so they might have worked.