I was doing laundry over the weekend and, post wash, realized that those damn communal washers and dryers my apartment building houses in the basement have once again ruined various articles of clothing. Actually, it's not the machinery itself but rather the fact that other residents in my building feel the need to use copious amounts of bleach and/or colored detergent, the likes of which leaves a residue in the washing machine that eventually stains my lovely laundry.

Anywho, in trying to make lemons out of lemonade--correction, out of laundry--I decided to find an alternative use to my stained clothing (and by alternative use, I mean something other than a "new" cleaning towel).

My solution? A braided cotton headband.
Step 1: Take your t-shirt/tank/whatever and cut a 2 inch strip from the middle of the shirt (i.e. the strip of fabric pictured in the middle in the pic below). 
Step 2: Cut one of the ends (the seem) off of ONE side of the 2 inch strip. On the side that is still stitched together, make a knot. 

Step 3: At this point, you will not have two strips hanging from a knot. Cut each of these strips long ways. 
**If you look at the pic below, you will see that when I cut said strips long ways, I did not exactly cut them perfectly up the center. Instead, I made the outside strip a little bigger. You should do this too.**
Step 4: The next step is to braid the strips together (yes, I realize there are four strips and braids require 3). All you need to do is hold the two middle strips (the skinnier ones) together and use them as if they were one strip. Now, holding the two skinnier strips together as one, braid the "three" strips together. Make sure the braid is super taught. 

Step 5: Once the braid is long enough to wrap around your head (remember, the headband will stretch so make it a little smaller than you probably think), take the strips and pull them through the loop that was created by knotting the other end in the beginning. Make a new knot to secure.

Step 6: Cut off the excess fabric and wear!
HINT: If you want your headband to be multiple colors, just use "strips of cotton" from different old tanks/t-shirts and braid together.
 


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