The inspiration for this project came to me while I was at the gym, of all places. I found my adorable new leggings were constantly falling down. After several wears and trying out different types of exercise, I decided my discount purchase was a bust. They needed to be upcycled! Athletic wear with Spandex is ideal for upcycling into headbands. I already own a pricey headband that fits great, so I designed a knock-off. I’m sharing how I made them so you can make them too!
- Pre-washed leggings
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
Measure your head. If you head is between 20″-21.5″ (average) then you should make your finished headband 19.5″. More then 21.5″ it should measure 20″ and less then 20″ should measure 19″. This is a rough guide and your headband size will also depend upon your fabric’s elasticity.
Cut along the seam of your leggings.
Cut your fabric to 5″ x 20″ or adjust size as indicated in Step 1.
Fold fabric in half and pin so it overlaps by 1/2″ .
Stitch together using a zigzag stitch (and a walking foot attachment if you have one) or using the “stretch stitch” that looks like a lightning bolt.
Stitch the overlapping fabric down.
Fold your headband into thirds, as shown below. Here’s one side folded down.
Here’s the bottom third folded.
That’s it! So simple and versatile. Now you can wear it in the different widths. Here’s a thin headband.
One third folded in.
My favorite is the fat 5″ headband. TIP: To keep the headband from moving around at any size, make sure the front rests on your forehead instead of your hair.