Monday, August 2, 2010

T-Shirt Headbands

If you've been following my blog for a while you may have figured out I'm passionate about a few things- finding stuff on the side of the road and redoing it, and my son Connor and making stuff for him. But what you may not know is that I'm also passionate about something else- running. I was trying to think of how I could combine my passions- making "stuff" and running.
Most gear for running is specialized, but I got to thinking about the hair bands that I wear. They are pretty plain, but get the job done. How could I jazz them up a bit?

This made me think about all the T-shirts we have in our closet. We have tons! I should give them to Goodwill but if you've been to a Goodwill lately they already have tons of T-shirts of their own. So I decided to recycle some of my old shirts to "fancy" up my running headbands.

I began by cutting strips out of the shirts.

Then folded the seams under and wrapped the strip around the headband. I left some of the band open at the bottom so it would still stretch enough to fit over my head.

I proceeded to sew it closed.

I sewed the ends closed so the fabric will not slide around.

I made some fancified ones as well:

I created one of those cute fabric flowers I've been seeing around. It was easy to make. I just twisted the fabric around on itself.

Then hot glued it on.

For this one I didn't use a T-shirt but used some of the scraps leftover from the pillow I made last week. (Apologies for the pictures- the hubs is out for the month on duty, so unless Con-Man learns how to use a camera this is the best I can do!)

Now I have cute headbands for every occassion all for the cost of elastic headbands; only $3.

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Mal Pal said...

That is a really cute idea. I like the rustic look. Don't want anyting to fancy for running and sweating. Just a touch of color.

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

I think that you will be the flippin cutest runner out there! If i ran I would totally need to accessorize and so I would prob steal your idea BUT you wont need to worry about that. I'm not coordinated enough to run. Its a gift and a curse. Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

love your guts

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! So cute! And they look perfect for running - not too over the top at all.

Amber D said...

Great ideas, thanks so much for sharing.

Amy said...

Who doesn't have tons of old t-shirts laying around? I know we do at our house. I have been wanting to do something with them. This is a great IDEA!! I bet the headbands stay on better too! Mine always come flying off the back of my head so I don't wear them often. Thanks for sharing!

elyse said...

How cute! I want to make one that is a big bow.
Well maybe not that big! Lol.

Kimmy said...

What a cute idea!! I love them! Thanks so much for coming by my blog and for your lovely comment! I hope you'll come by again soon!

Robin Ange said...

T-shirt headbands. Genius! I love these. Thank you so much for linking up to Upcycled Awesome!

The Pennington Point said...

Very cute idea! I'm going to show the post to my teenage girls...they will love making these! Lisa~

Anonymous said...

Cute and crafty! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

Amy Meyer said...

Fabulous! I love that idea!

Eszter said...

cute headbands, I especially love the white one

KimMalk said...

How fun, what a good use of your shirts. Thanks for linking.

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Leslie Harris said...

Wow! You mean I can use my Hubby's and kids' old t-shirts for something other than dust rags? That is awesome! Looks like me and my girls will be making headbands this weekend! :)

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Marty said...

Coming from FF=) I love the neat idea and they turned out way cute!!

Olivia said...

Those are super cute!
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Unknown said...

very cute! thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ Saving Money Living Life said...

My sister is going to LOVE the rosette headband- I'm going to pass this post on to her. Thanks for stopping by our blog on Friday and linking up- we love having you participate!

Leslie said...

How cute! I especially love the flower! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Valery (CEO Wanna Be) said...

Hi I am a new follower
very cute
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Jill said...

Great idea and fantastic upcycle!

I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 60 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas – and this month I’m upcycling lots of clothes and trying to feature lots of the links too!
Do come and take a look!