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Don't Buy, DIY: Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban
Jennifer Behr's pieces have been featured on Gossip Girl and are coveted Hollywood items.

But this spiked turban retails for $498! So I made my own.

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut a piece of fabric long enough to go around your head and then some. Mine was about 8" wide and a yard long.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold cut piece in half horizontally, right sides together, and stitch along long edge.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 3
    Step 3

    Turn piece right side out and you now have a long tube.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 4
    Step 4

    Wrap the tube around your head and pin at the correct length. (I made a single twist in the fabric at the front center.) Make sure the tension is correct - you need it a little loser than what you would think is a good tightness for a headband/wrap.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 5
    Step 5

    Sew ends of wrap together (right sides together). (not pictured) Then fold seam allowance to inside of wrap, cut excess. This will give you a clean seam on the outside of your wrap. Sew one more time vertically down that seam allowance to secure it down. (not pictured)

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 6
    Step 6

    Try on head-wrap; bunch it up in a couple places and pin.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 7
    Step 7

    Hand-tack the bunched-up areas so the piece has a "gathered" look to it.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now we stud! I slipped the headwrap over my leg and sat it on my knee for stability. I pushed the prongs of the cone studs into the fabric, and folded them over on the underside of the fabric using pliers.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 9
    Step 9

    Then use an awl to pierce the holes for the cone spikes, which have a thick screw that needs to pass through the fabric. (The easiest way to do this is to poke the hole thru from the right side - then thread the spike screw in from the wrong side, following the awl as you pull it out.) Then attach the cone spike tops, and use a screwdriver to secure from the underside. (not pictured)

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 10
    Step 10

    You're done! I didn't add quite as many spikes n studs as the Jennifer Behr version - simply because I got tired of it. I actually made a second layer to the piece so the center twist wouldn't be so narrow and I could stud and spike through the upper layer only. This ensured no scratchy stud prongs would be directly against my forehead, but it turned out that the inner layer was a no-go since the spikes wouldn't sit properly when there was fabric sitting underneath them. If you do choose to add another piece of fabric inside the headwrap (making it shorter than the headwrap and stitching its edges to the headwrap edges so it's like a little stitched-down flap inside); I'd recommend studding the cone studs in the upper layer of fabric, but setting the spikes through both layers so they sit right. I know that sounds confusing!

    As you can see below, it turned out kind of like a wide headband - the less turban-like, the better, IMO.

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 11
    Step 11

    The fabric's stretch is a bit of a problem - some spikes may fall out if you pull the piece too much, so this requires care when handling. FRAGILE as they say in Italian! (Okay, I guess I've seen A Christmas Story way too many times...;-)

  • How to make a turban. Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban - Step 12
    Step 12

    What do we think? Does this work? Is this a no-go? Do I look like I am about to join a biker gang?

    Happy DIY'ing!
    xoxo
    Carly

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Jessica G
Jessica G
where did you buy the studs love ?
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thanks for your comment Haribo! Maybe half the look is confidence?? Not sure - but I had fun making it.Happy
xoxox
Carly
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mock turtle
mock turtle · Lawford, England, GB · 4 projects
soo nice! makes me wish i could pull that kinda look off~
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Gabrielle L.
Gabrielle L. · St Augustine, Florida, US · 6 projects
lol, if spikes are in everyones horny.
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
you right about not everyone being able to carry a turban off
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