Sweaty Bands knock off revisted

So I happened to be looking up some of my stats from the blog (bloggers cool like that yo) and one of the most visited blog posts I have done yet has been my sweaty bands knock off tutorial.

As I prepare to run my second (and third) half marathon in the next few weeks, I thought I would share this tutorial with you again. I have used these headbands every time I work out and they have held up so well and no joke, they stay in place during boot camp or if I am running 13 miles.

a picture after I finished my first half marathon in September

I run, but I don't like to call myself a runner. The way I see it is, I'm not a nudist just because I walk around naked in my house, so just because I log a dozen or so miles a week doesn't make me a runner.

I think there has to be enjoyment in the act to claim the title.

I do work out 5 days a week for about an hour and a half a day. Part of my "gear" is a no slip pony tail holder and a black scrunci hair band. So when a friend of mine from college e-mailed me and told me about Sweaty Bands , I knew I had to try them out.

Only problem...I'm cheap! Those bad boys are pricey and from what I am told, looked easy enough to replicate. So that's what I did.
I thought I would try making two so below you will see the materials for making two sweaty bands. You will need: 3/8" elastic (I used black)
1" thick ribbon
Velvet ribbon (I think this was 5/8" thick)

Cut your elastic to 6 1/2" long and cut both ribbons to 15 1/2"
I singed the ends of the ribbons to keep them from fraying, just be careful when playing with fire!
I didn't pin anything, just tucked the elastic between the two layers of ribbon, backstitched several times over the short end to keep the elastic sturdy, and then continued to sew all the way around the ribbon making sure to catch the velvet ribbon into place, but sewing as close to the edge as possible. Don't forget to tuck the other end of the elastic in when you get to the other short side.

That's it!

Here's my typical hairdo for the gym. I wore it today for my workout and couldn't believe that it really does stay put. I didn't have to readjust it once. Don't believe me? Make one, put it on and go get sweaty!

**I still have this very headband that I made last year and it still holds everything in place. They are awesome and totally work!**


Julie Johnson said...

Your tutorial was great. My girls and I made 7 last week...love them! My sewing machine konked in the middle, so we made a few revisions. I used tacky glue for the velvet ribbon, and then we just made a little X hand sewing the elastic to the ribbon. They've held up well, and my girls get compliments everywhere they wear them. Much better than the $18 at my gym! :)

Anne said...

ohhh, I need to to make a handful of these!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Michelle@ourwonderfilledlife.com said...

Great tutorial, love the name {ha!} will have to make some. Love the pictures of your sweet ones, they are so darn cute!!

Mommy Makes Me said...

I love this. Super Cute. I don't sew but if I did, this would be one of my first projects. I need these. I wanted to let you know I found you from your link up at Sugar Bee Crafts and I am now a follower. Congrats on 800 members. I'm so not even close to that number but hope that you can stop over and see me.


Have a Great Day!

OrangeHeroMama said...


I am cheap too!!!

Will need to whip some of these up!

Anonymous said...

Love this idea. Headband are so expensive and always slide off. This is a must make project for me! Thanks for sharing.

julie at www.floralandplaid.com

Mander said...

So what holds it on? The combination of velvet + elastic?

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