Wednesday, 2 January 2013

How To: A 1940s Inspired Turban

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Isn't she beautiful?

I am on a serious Bomb Girls kick right now.  So in honour of the season 2 premiere tonight, I thought I'd share a quick little tutorial teaching you how to make that beautiful 1940s wartime turban headband (like the one in the photo above)

For those of you who don't know, Bomb Girls is a Canadian TV show about a group of women working in a munitions factory during World War II.  It is fantastic and a definite must watch.

Supplies needed for your turban:
- jersey fabric - not very much, dig around in your scrap fabric
- thread
- sewing machine
- hand sewing needle
- decoration if you choose (like feathers, buttons, jewels, etc.)

Time Needed:
 - About 20 minutes

Skill Needed:
- Easy, some machine sewing involved.

Step One:
Cut two pieces of the jersey.  One will be 53 centimetres by 30 centimetres.
The other will be 25 cms by 12 cms.

Step Two:
Take the two pieces of fabric.  Fold them each in half lengthwise (so that the long edges touch) right sides facing together.
Sew along the long edge of each.  You will end up with two tubes.

One Tube

Second Tube

Step Three:

Take the larger tube.  Form some pleats in the centre (I made three) and sew them down with a line of stitching down the centre.

Step Four:

Take the two unfinished ends of the larger (pleated tube) and place them together. Sew along the edge to make the piece into a circular band. don't worry about the seams showing.  We'll cover that up later.

Step Five:

Take the smaller tube and tie a loose knot in it.

Step Six:

Take the small knotted tube and handsew it around the seam you just made.  This will give you a headband with pleats at the back and a small knot at the front.


Step Seven:

Decorate with feathers, buttons, jewels, etc or leave plain and wear with 1940s flare. Maybe with the next one, try a bow instead of a knot?

Or if you're too goofy looking like myself to pull off a seriously put together 1940s look, you can pose like this:

Will you be watching Bomb Girls tonight?

I will!

Look at these lovely ladies sporting their turbans at the factory.  Gorgeous!


Unknown said...

I've been wanting to make one of these! Thanks for the awesome ( and so well written) tutorial!

Heidi-and-Seek said...

So cool!! These are super popular right now, this is a great DIY!