Headbands can be purchased relatively cheap, but can be made very easily from resources around the house. This article will look at the materials suited for making headbands and how to obtain them, and how to reuse items affected so as to not let them go to waste.
T-shirt sleeves are best suited for headbands. Generally, sleeves from medium, large, and extra large T-shirts will fit an adult well. T-shirt cloth has some flexibility, but not enough to use sleeves that are really small. Sleeves can be used from some performance shirts, athletic shirts, polo shirts, and other shirts with similar sleeves. Turtleneck collars can be turned into headbands, and headbands can be made from stretchy pants leg material and from sections of sweatpants legs, sweatshirt sleeves, and lightweight pants legs that are of the right length. Headbands can also be made by sewing a rectangle of cloth together to replicate the shape of a sleeve. Make the headband by folding the material over at least twice, to get a headband about one and a half inches wide with no cut ends visible.
T-shirt sleeves can be harvested from shirts that are cut to sleeveless shirts and tank tops for summer, or from cheap shirts purchased for making sleeveless. If sleeveless shirts are not your thing, sleeves can be harvested from old T-shirts and from extra T-shirts that are used for other crafts such as pillow cases and grocery bags. Another source of sleeves can be from friends who cut their sleeves and save them for you.
Turtlenecks can be made to T-shirts by trimming back the extra collar, or made to tank tops by removing the collar entirely. Turtleneck collars make great headbands that have extra stretchy ability and are reliable and rugged. A good turtleneck collar may make two headbands, but sometimes only one can be made.
Pant legs also make good headbands, with the best coming from stretchy pants legs, as headbands can be made from stretchy material of a wider difference in width. Cut the pants legs into six inch wide strips to allow folding both cut ends under. If the cut end looks good, incorporate the cut edges into the headband and make more. Always make wider than needed as cloth curls and stretches. Use the remaining part of the pants as shorts.
The rest of the sources are material better used in other crafts or material that does not do well as headbands, but can be used if necessary. Failing all else, cut any strip of cloth six inches wide and twice the length of a headband and sew the side together to make a headband. These are the most common sources of material for headbands, and by reusing material from around the house as headbands, you not only save money on headbands but also save the environment.