Tying Your Own Turban Part 2: The Traditional

Hi everyone! Hopefully you managed to have a read of my last blog post and were able to recreate the 1940s style “Cat-Ear” turban for yourselves. In this blog post, we will look at creating another classic style turban and the best part about this one is that you don’t even need to buy anything as you can use a regular scarf! I have said it once and I will say it again, you DONT need to spend a lot to have style!

What will I need?

  • regular cotton scarf – the one I am using is one from Accessorize and measures 1.50m long
  • Hair bobble – plain black or the same colour as your scarf is recommended
  • Bobby Pins – to secure your hair away at the back
  • Decorations – flowers/brooches/feathers – all optional



You want to ensure that the hair that you do not want on show (this could be all of it or most of it) is secured to the head. This makes it much easier to assemble the turban but also ensures that the turban will fit the shape of your head. I recommend using bobby pins to fix the hair or alternatively you can use a hairnet to capture your hair and keep it all together. These can be bought cheaply online (eBay etc). I would say that this style may be a little too bulky to put over rollers but you can certainly try it and see for yourselves! Once your hair is fixed, you are ready to go!


This style is exceptionally easy, so easy in fact that I am sure you will crack this on the first attempt! Follow these simple steps to create your own classic take on the traditional 1940s turban..

  1. Roughly find the centre of the length of the fabric you are using – you want to have approximately equal fabric either side of the head.
  2. Place the fabric behind your head and then tuck in the edges underneath so that the turban edge that runs around either side of the head is neat. I fold approximately 1-2 cm as shown.
  3. Hold both ends of the fabric in one hand directly straight from your forehead as shown (not directly upwards as otherwise it will be set too far back on the head) and with the other hand, use your hair bobble and tie it around the ends, as though the fabric is your hair and you are tying it back (if that makes sense!)
  4. Grab each of the two fabric ends and pull so the fabric is tight, as you would to tighten your hair in a hair bobble.
  5. Discard one end of the fabric and with the other end, pull it over the back of your head and ensure that one side is covering just over half of the back of your head. The other side of this piece of fabric should sit over the fabric that contours that side of the head. Ensure that the pleats are smooth and even across the section.
  6. Holding the fabric tightly, twist and then bring it around the back of your head to the other side.20170122_133202
  7. Tuck in the remaining fabric that you have brought around underneath the fabric on this side of the head, including the tassels (unless you want to make a feature of these).
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 with the other piece of fabric that is currently hanging loose. By ensuring that just over half of the back of the head is covered, you should create an overlap at the back so no hair is visible.
  9. You will have a nice little hole where the hair bobble is holding the scarf together – this is perfect for clipping hair flowers and brooches through! be creative with decorations, feathers, flowers, brooches and dress clips all make great accessories for your turbans, as well as hat flashes etc.
  10. Go forth and conquer with no worries of a bad hair day!!!!

I hope that this is nice and clear and the pictures and video help to you to recreate this turban for yourselves. Please feel free to comment below and let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions, I am always happy to chat with you!

The video accompanying this tutorial blog is available on my YouTube channel here:

Tying Your Own Turban Part 2: The Traditional

This DIY turban post is the second in a three part series and so stay tuned for the next instalment of tying your own turban where we will recreate a turban side twist style….

Sam x

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