Wednesday, February 6, 2013

From a belt to a headband }{ diy

And the boxes are still crowding almost every room...

On the other hand, I'm taking this move as an opportunity to purge, clean out, de-clutter. With that comes some reorganizing and considering the fate of many possessions. I'm no hoarder, but I also don't like to waste. I see potential in a lot of random odds and ends. If it sits in my to do list for too long however, it's time for it to go.

So, this month's theme on the blog will be reorganizing and repurposing.

As part of that theme, today's post is about changing a fabric belt into one (or many) headbands. It's so simple and easy, you can even do it without a sewing machine (although the machine makes it that much faster).

Materials: your old belt, some elastic, measuring tape, scissors, needle/sewing machine and thread


  1. Measure your head around the area you want to wear your headband.
  2. Measure your belt from one end to about 4 inches less than your head's measurement and cut it.
  3. Cut about 2 inches of elastic (depending on how stretchy it is, you may want to make it a bit shorter or longer).
  4. Fold the raw edge inward twice (1/4" * 2) and iron (optional but makes it neater).
  5. Place one short side of the elastic in downside of the folded edge and pin. Sew edge.
  6. Place the other side of the elastic on the downside of the other edge, pin, and sew it in place.
  7. Wear your band.

I asked my sister who's living with us to model the headband for me. She's a little shy but reluctantly agreed. Thank you, sis!

Won't you share your repurposing projects?


  1. Your sis is cute - love the headband!

  2. That's a great way to reuse a belt - and your sis is so cute!

  3. You're so creative! This is a great idea. (Your sister's adorable, by the way!) Lately, I've been trying to figure out how to use a cereal box as a canvas without it warping. Haven't figured it out yet.
    Catherine Denton

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