Tuesday, April 30

Make A Bandeau From Old Leggings

Yesterday I was searching and searching my house for a bandeau to prevent an inevitable wardrobe malfunction.  I have a bunch, but I couldn't find any.  Anywhere.  I NEEDED one to wear under a specific dress, so I decided to make one.  I have a huge fabric stash, but sometimes it feels daunting to go through it all.  I was in a hurry... and maybe feeling just a little lazy.  Anyway, I found these tie-dye leggings that I wore maybe once and decided they would do.

I cut just below the elastic on the waist and just above the (ahem) crotch.  I tried it on, decided how tight it needed to be and then stitched a straight line there.  I cut off the excess and put it on.  It was that simple.  If you like a more finished look, you could definitely hem the top and bottom, but honestly, I don't care a bit about the rolled edges.

I'm probably going to end up doing this with all of my old leggings just because it's super simple and gives them new life.  Plus, I can never find the things when I need them, so it never hurts to have a few extra.  ;)


44 comments:

  1. What a good idea. I have got a lot of leggings I don't wear anymore. Maybe it's time to re-fashion :)

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  2. Great idea - and you could recycle the leg bits as leg warmers maybe?

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  3. such a great idea, especially as the weather warms up! this looks supercomfy as well... genius!

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  4. Great idea!

    Carina xx
    http://www.carstina.com/

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  5. Great idea! So simple and it looks great too. Love your blog!

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  6. What a cool idea ! I now know what I'm gonna do with these old leggings that I don't wear anymore !

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  7. Love it! I will do this next week! Such an great idea ♥

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  8. This is a really smart idea, I'm always getting holes in leggings so it'd be good to be able to reuse them in some way, I had been thinking about cutting them to make yarn but both may be possible
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. A perfect idea for the warm season!

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  10. Great idea!

    http://allthelittlethings3.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

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  11. Yay! This is so simple but so clever! I just chucked a pair of leggings I was wearing today into my refashion pile because my legs are too long for them and I hate the feeling of the crotch at my thighs!

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  12. This is a great idea. I think I'm going to have to try it. Hanna

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  13. Chris - @nylonlover69 on TwitterApril 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    What a great idea! And perfectly exercised too!

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  14. I have these same leggings and I can never decide what to wear them with. This is such a great idea.

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  15. I've been meaning to buy a bandeau or two. But now I think I may just cut up a few pair of super old leggings. :) Thanks for the idea, Katie!

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  16. Fantastic idea! I tend to have the same issue - I definitely gotta try this asap!! :)

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  17. great idea!!! going to try this!! :)

    www.thebluecurtain.blogspot.com

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  18. And with the leftover legs you can make baby leggings for poesy!

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  19. Brilliant!!!
    www.shannonheartsblog.com

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  20. simple and amazing idea for all my old leggings! Thanks for sharing x

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  21. I would love to know where the shirt is from!

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  22. What a great idea!! So cute.

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  23. Yes! Thank you soo much for this idea. It's hard for me to find a bandeau that fits well because I have larger *ahem* chest and a small waist. So either they're too big around waist, or too small around my bust. Plus, I have tons & tons of old leggings I never wear.
    Definitely gonna try this out!
    Thanks ^_^

    xo Melanie
    http://thehalfginger.blogspot.com

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  24. This is my kind of project--spur of the moment and inspired by a need. I love it! I also gave new life to some old clothes in a project on my blog this week. Check it out!


    http://sevendaysaweekblog.blogspot.com/

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  26. You're so stinkin cute. Your posts make me smile. ;]

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  27. Ohmigosh!! What a genius idea! I am doing this with all my leggings that the dog has attacked with his, albeit lovely, very sharp claws!! ;)

    Sophie | onetenzeroseven

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  28. I'm forever looking for my bandeau tops, so this is a super idea!

    Maria xx
    www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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  29. great idea never thought of that!

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  30. oh woah. very clever. this diy bandeau has never even crossed my mind!
    phenomenal. thanks for that tip and idea!

    - Janine
    http://theeoptimist.blogspot.com

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  31. Love that idea! Would you consider ever doing a post about how you stay so stinkin' thin? :-) I really enjoyed Emma's post on health and exercise, and I'm just curious how you stay so adorable! :D

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  32. This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing :)

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  33. I'd like never get the idea for such a DIY but it's so great, love it! :) It's a shame I don't own any leggings.

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  34. this is fantastic, I made one last night out of a pair of black leggings and it was so easy and looks so cute! I used the waistband elastic for a skirt I am making and used the legs to make two headbands for working out. What a great inspiring use of something all us girls have wayyyy too many of in our closets :-)

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  36. I have a pair of leggings that are all ripped at the bottom, but the top of them is just fine! I might have to do this when I find the time.

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