What Is A DIY Shower Cap And Why You Need One: The Most Affordable And Easy To Use Shower Cap

If you’ve ever taken a shower, you probably use a shower cap regularly. You know that they protect your hair and skin during the shower and make it easier to clean your curly hair.

A DIY shower cap is an easy and cheap way to add a bit of personality to your bath time. You can make a shower cap with a little bit of fabric and creativity. It can be from an old t-shirt, a scarf, or even some leftover scrap fabric.

This guide will take a closer look at why you should consider a DIY shower cap. We also delve deeper into how to make a cap at home in simple steps.

Why Use A Shower Cap

Spa accessories - disposable shower cap

Whether you’re trying to conserve water, save money, or want to be eco-friendlier. There’re lots of reasons to use a DIY shower cap.

1. It Helps You Save Water

Shower caps are a great way to save money on your showering routine, but that’s not all. A homemade shower cap can keep up to 95% of the water in your shower out of the drain. That means less water is wasted and less money is spent on your utility bill!

They’re also the perfect way to keep your detangling hair from getting wet when you wash it! You can’t put a price on peace of mind and dry hair. But you can get both by dedicating your time to making a cap in simple steps.

2. It’s Simple And Easy To Use

You only need an old plastic bag and some tape (or staples). You can also use other types of bags, such as nylon or rubberized ones if you prefer those instead of plastic ones. Besides, making the cap takes a short time in easy steps.

You don’t have to do much more than put on a shower cap before stepping into the shower—and then take it off once you’ve finished cleaning. It’s so simple that you might be tempted to skip this step entirely—but don’t! You’ll be glad you didn’t know when you realize how much time and money goes into drying out your hair after every shower.

3. It’s Fun And Feels Great!

It takes about 5 minutes or so for your DIY shower cap to be ready for use. Why not have fun while doing something good for yourself and the environment?

The soft cotton fabric keeps your head warm while protecting it from water splashes or drips. This might come from using other methods of wetting down your head during showers (like using plastic).

4. Versatility

Another reason why people choose to use a shower cap is because of its versatility in terms of the way it can be used. You can wear it as a hat when going outside if the weather is cold and rainy. If you want to protect your head from sunlight during the summer months, or if you don’t feel like washing your hair at all that day!

Some health benefits are associated with wearing a shower cap while taking showers. For example, some studies have shown that wearing one can help reduce dandruff by keeping your scalp dryer than usual during showers. This helps prevent lice infestation.

5. They Are Convenient

Shower caps are very convenient. You can use them to protect your hair from getting wet when you take a shower, which will keep your hair looking great for longer than usual. In addition, shower caps prevent water from getting on the rest of your body.

Anything else that might be in the bathroom with you! This will help keep things clean and dry so that everyone can enjoy their time using the shower!

Considerations To Make on DIY Shower Cap

Woman in shower with cap

When you think of DIYing your shower cap, you might think that it’s complex or time-consuming. But there are so many different ways to do it.

Here are some considerations to make when deciding how to DIY your shower cap:

1. Size

The size of your head will determine the size of your DIY shower cap. It also depends on how long your hair is and how much coverage you want from it while showering. If you have a small head, it might be better to use a smaller shower cap.

If you have an average-sized head, then the standard size will probably be fine for you. If you have a large head, try getting something more significant than usual (like this one).

Ideally, you’ll want one that fits comfortably over your head without squeezing too tightly or slipping off easily. It should also be big enough to cover your entire head without exposing any of your hair (unless that’s what you’re going for). Finally, ensure that any seams are reinforced with stitching, so they don’t fall apart quickly!

2. Material

There are lots of different materials that you can use for a DIY shower cap. Choose a material that will be easy to clean and keep clean after use. If you want something that won’t absorb any water or moisture, go for materials such as polyester or nylon.

Some people like cotton because it’s soft and breathable, and others prefer terry cloth for its absorbency and durability. Remember that whatever material you choose should be durable enough for regular use in the bathroom!

3. Durability

Another thing to consider when making your shower cap is how long it should be made for. You want something that will cover your entire head without leaving any gaps between where it starts on top of your head, but also without being too long so that it touches down on your shoulders. Otherwise, it will look like something out of a horror movie scene!

4. Style

Style is important—you want a comfortable style that fits nicely on your head, so there’s no risk of water spilling out when it rains! Some DIY shower caps come with built-in drawstrings, so you can adjust them quickly if they feel too tight at first (otherwise, just cut off any excess material).

5. Elastic Bands and Color

First, consider if you want an elastic band or not. If you do, there are plenty of ways to create one yourself. You’d need a  few everyday household items such as rubber bands, hair ties (the kind that goes around your wrist), or even twist ties from bread bags.

You can also buy notable elastic bands made especially for this purpose at most craft stores. It’s also easy to make your DIY shower cap in your preferred color—and not just any color! You’ll want something that matches other items in your bathroom (like this one).

6. Elasticity and Durability

When choosing materials for your DIY shower cap, consider elasticity and durability. Elasticity is significant because it will allow your hat to stretch enough, so it doesn’t fall off while washing your hair or body. Durability is essential because you don’t want the material ripping after only a few uses. The best materials for making DIY shower caps include leather, latex rubber, or silicone rubber.

Step-By-Step On How To Make A DIY Shower Cap At Home

Shower Cap Hung Up

DIY shower cap is a great way to save money and be eco-friendly. It can be made with items around your house, and it’s pretty easy!

Here is a guide on how to make a DIY shower cap at home. It’s easy, and you’ll save money in the long run!


To begin making your DIY shower cap project at home, gather all materials needed before starting the process. They include:

  • Waterproof fabric like cotton as the outer fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread of preferred color
  • Measuring tape
  • Piece of string
  • Flat elastic
  • Sewing safety pins or clips
  • A pair of scissors or a rotary cutter (if you want to cut out holes for the eyes)
  • Iron and the board
  • Sharpie marker or pen
  • Hair ties or rubber bands (if you want to secure it in place)


Step 1: Fold The Fabric

Fold your waterproof fabric in half lengthwise and then in half again. You now have the shape of an envelope with two layers of fabric.

Step 2: Mark The Fabric

Mark the center of both layers of fabric with a pencil or washable marker. This will be where you sew the elastic through later on.

Step 3: Cut The Outer Fabric

Cut a small rectangle of fabric from your outer layer (the one without the elastic) that’s at least as wide as your head and twice as long. You can trim this down further if you want it to fit snugly under your chin. Leave enough room at the bottom for stitching, so it doesn’t get caught on anything while you’re wearing it; about an inch should be good enough.

Step 4: Cut The Lining Fabric

Fold each piece of the outer fabric in half widthwise so that there are two layers: one inner layer and one outer layer (with right sides facing out). Now sew up both sides using a straight stitch or zigzag stitch; leave a gap between where you started sewing and where you ended so that all four layers can be turned inside out easily later.

Step 5: (Optional) Laminate Your Fabric

If you’re worried about your shower cap losing shape, you can laminate your fabric before cutting out the pieces. This will give your shower cap extra strength and durability. It also makes it more waterproof, so it won’t soak up water when you use it!

Step 6: Sew Together

Next, we want to sew together the top edges of our two pieces of fabric to form one big circle-shaped part. You can use whatever type of thread or needle feels most comfortable for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s thick or thin or what color it is because nobody will ever see it. We want something durable.

Make sure your pieces are cut out and ready to be sewn together. You’ll want to use a simple running stitch on each piece, so they’re all connected well enough to wear comfortably. You can also use a sewing machine if you have one available!

Just make sure that there aren’t any loose threads hanging off the edges of your fabric once you’re sewed (this will make it harder for water to get inside).

Step 7: Turn Around And Press

Turn around and press down on the seam so it lies flat against the fabric. Stitch around all four sides of the shower cap using a sewing machine or needle and thread (make sure you use a contrasting color so you can see where you’ve stitched).

Step 8: Stitch Around

Using a sewing machine, sew along the inner raw edges of the cap, stitching close to or right on top of the stitching from step 6. You can use any thread you like, but I prefer matching threads to keep things simple.

Step 9: Insert The Elastic

Cut an elastic band about 1/4 inch shorter than your head circumference (or less if necessary). Then insert it into one side of your shower cap before closing up the other side as usual. Finally, stitch around the elastic band twice (once at each end) to secure it. Make sure it won’t slip out later when you’re using your new shower cap!

Step 10: Stitch The Elastic

Stitch along one side of your plastic, then turn it around and stitch along the other side of the same side. Close up any gaps in between stitches to create a tight seal around your elastic band. Water can’t get through when you’re using it in the shower!

Step 11: Stitch The Gap Closed

The final step is to finish off by stitching up those open ends from step 6


DIY Shower Cap is the easiest and quickest way to keep your hair out of your face while shampooing. It takes a couple of minutes to cut a hole in a plastic bag, pull it over your wet hair, and tie it around to form a shower cap.

Although it’s easy and quick for us to shop for the latest fashion cap we desire, being creative can save us with a little effort. Follow the steps above, and you’ll have your shower cap in minutes!

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