Summer is all about ease and so when it comes to my hair during these hot months, the least amount of time spent fussing over it – the better. Enter the hair wrap. It has saved many straight-out-of-the-pool dos, camping-without-a-hairdryer coifs, and just about everything in between. We’ve always been smitten with Stella Jean‘s headwraps, knotted and sticking up so dramatically in bold African wax prints. And the all white headwraps at Giambattista Valli‘s couture presentation this week?! Amazing. With just some fabric, some trusty wire and some very basic sewing skills, I promise you’ll be living in these all season long!

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You’ll need:

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Start by cutting two pieces of fabric at 5 inches wide and 45 inches long, the width of a standard bolt of fabric. Then cut two pieces of wire between 5-6 inches each. Place one of the wire pieces along the middle of one of the strips of fabric, lengthwise and towards the very top.

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With a tight zig zag stitch, sew the wire onto the fabric. Repeat on the other end of the fabric strip.

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Layer the wired strip on top of the second strip, with the wired side facing down. Cut a point at each end. Don’t worry about getting them perfectly symmetrical – the more lopsided, the better! Pin the two strips together.

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Fold the strips in half and find the middle point. Measure 2 inches out and start sewing a straight stitch with a 1/4″ inseam. Once you get to a corner, make sure the needle in the down position and rotate the fabric so that edge is parallel to the foot.

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Press the foot down and continue to sew. Lift again to rotate at a corner.

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Press the foot down and continue to sew. Sew all the way around the strips until you reach 2 inches before the middle point – or 4 inches before the starting point.

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You’re left with a 4 inch opening. Reach inside and scrunch one side of the fabric down to the middle.

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Turn it inside out. Reach inside and pop out the corners with the tips of your fingers. Repeat on the other side.

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To close the gap, fold the edges in and pin them shut. Either sew them closed by hand or run it through the sewing machine with a 1/8″ inseam.

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Iron the entire strip flat. And your headwrap is ready to tie!

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Wear it with the knot on top . . .

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Or on the bottom! Try mixing patterns like African wax prints with gingham or plaid – à la Stella Jean.

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(images by HonestlyWTF)