As a mother of four active kiddos, I am never surprised when clothing gets holes, tears, stains, etc. Pretty much every pair of pants and leggings I buy for my kids end up with holes in the knees. Occasionally, a hole gets ripped in the bum of a pair of leggings, in which case I declare them unwearable. When a particularly cute patterned legging needed to be taken out of circulation, I decided I wanted to try to recycle them somehow. And that was when I learned how to make a headband from leggings.
I should probably have titled this post “the lazy mom’s way to make headbands from leggings” because it really is so simple and easy. No sewing required! You only need a pair of scissors.
First, cut the leggings in half from the waist to the crouch. Then, fold the leg in half lengthwise. Next, tie the ends together (the bottom of the pant and the waist). I say to tie it together now because this is much easier than tying it after you have placed it on your daughter’s head. Thankfully, legging material is nice and stretchy, so it should stretch to fit her head just fine.
Lastly, place the headband on a cute model with the folded side facing out.
For my girl with curly hair, these headbands are especially helpful to keep her hair out of her eyes. The other great thing: there are two legs. You know what that means? Two headbands!
I have a problem with constantly ripping holes in my own jeans and leggings. For my jeans, I just cut both legs at the knee holes, then roll them up a bit and -tada- jean shorts! I haven’t had any good ideas for my leggings yet, but I will have to try to make my own headbands. Too bad I don’t have any fun patterns like my girls!
On another note, if anyone has an idea about where to get quality leggings for active girls, please let me know in the comments! I have tried Old Navy, J. Crew, Children’s Place, and Gap. And they get holes in the knees. Every. Time. Maybe I should have them wear jeans instead? Or maybe I should just keep making headbands…