I get my best ideas when I’m doped up on NyQuil and when I see something I want but not at the price the retailer wants me to pay. For my kids, my husband, and my friends, I’m anything but cheap, but when it comes to things for myself, there’s always somewhere the money could be better spent. Today it was on hair wraps. I love them and I own exactly one. Okay well, more but only one of the really wide ones that’s not techically just a headband. So, while I was out shopping the clearance racks this afternoon I saw some more of the style I liked and I was super excited, until I saw the price tag. $13…each…for a little band of material to hide my messy hair on my lazy days…Umm I don’t think so!!!
After being elated that I found some and then bummed that I couldn’t get myself to pay that much for them, I came home and loaded up on NyQuil since I’ve got some stupid cold or something that’s been going around and just as I was drifting off it came to me! I could totally make my own with my daughters too small tops that were waiting to be cleaned out of her drawer!!! Man I’m a freaking genius!! A cheap ass genius!
I know the excitement is mounting so I’m going to show you how I upcycled a single toddler knit top (size 2T is a perfect fit for the old noggin in case you’re wondering) into a head wrap for mama and some leg warmers / boot cuffs for the little lady of the house in about 2 minutes.
What You Do:
All I did for the head wrap was cut the top off straight across at the armpits. I folded the “rough” end under and BAM! Head wrap – done!
Next I cut each sleeve off and as you can see they are the perfect size for toddler leg warmers.
Just look how cute they are with a pair of boots!
I’m thinking with short sleeve tops I can just add a little lace band at the top and we have some sassy boot cuffs. No toddlers at home? Well kids clothes are cheap at yard sales and tis the season so you can pick up some tops for probably $.25 – $.50 a piece and the thrift stores always have a decent selection in the toddler sizes.
Do you have any toddler clothing upcycle ideas? Is this something you think you’ll be trying? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
harriet saysMay 28, 2015 at 11:24 am
I love that that project is no sew and recycles clothing.
Holley saysMay 28, 2015 at 11:44 am
Super cute! I admire people that upcycle old clothes. I will do it someday. 🙂
Heather saysMay 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Cute!! Love those boots! I’m a fan of stylish boots like that!
Joely Smith saysMay 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm
How fun! You are so crafty! What great ideas. I am not usually very crafty but I think I could do this. Thanks for sharing.
Chelley @ AisForAdelaide saysMay 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm
What a great idea! I have so many shirts from my daughter that are stained- I should just cut them up because I can’t imagine even donating them!
Michelle Hwee saysMay 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm
Wow this is great! I love re-using something and making it seem new 🙂 This looks great, I could definitely use a new headband like this 😉
Danielle saysMay 28, 2015 at 8:18 pm
What a great idea for reusing what you have!
Elizabeth O. saysMay 29, 2015 at 1:13 am
I agree you’re a genius! I love the band! You just gave me an idea to sort the twin’s drawers later and make headbands out of their small tops. Thank you!