30.8.11

Tuesday Tip: Turn old leggings into no-sew bows!

Because I walk everywhere, my leggings don't seem to last much longer than 5 minutes. In the interest of my mental health, I've been having a little brain storm session lately on how I can turn my usual feelings of 'Aaarrgghh, world, your leggings are so shit!' into 'Ooh, a new DIY project, yay!'


So I give you... NO-SEW BOWS! I spent this morning experimenting with my little brainwave and am so pleased with the results! 

You will need: 

- Leggings
- Scissors
- Bleach (optional)


Chop a strip of material from the thigh - this will be the head band. 

Chop a chunk of material from the ankle or thigh (depending on how big you want your bow) 

Chop another strip from the leggings to tie the bow onto the headband. Knot it, and trim off the excess.


Optional: Jazz up with toilet bleach, wash and dry!



Ta-da!!





You can also use this method to make an impromptu bow tie! 


Other ideas: 

- Making a turban style headband. 
- Creating plaited headbands and bracelet.
- Chopping the ankle into strips to make hair ties.  

So, the next time you get the dreaded holey leggings, get your scissors out and remember - the glass is half full

I hope you've enjoyed this tip. I am desperate to post them more regularly but I've found working constantly is such a drain on my creativity. I have loads of ideas but finding the time to experiment and photograph stuff is so hard. These sporadic Tuesday Tips shall have to suffice for now! 

Please keep me posted if you have any crafty ideas to share! I will always link to those who have inspired me.

For now, TV and those amazing Belffles belgian waffles are calling me...

xo

62 comments:

  1. You are OFFICIALLY AMAZING!!!!!

    Georgie
    xx

    http://styleprincessdiaries.blogspot.com

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  2. ... Blown away, you're AMAZING!!

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  3. awesome diy's! love this, definitely gonna try the cosmic one :)xxx

    http://ronanronanronan.blogspot.com

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  4. AMAZING idea.
    I just noticed a hole in my leggings as well.. literally incredible x

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  5. WOAHA This tip is amazing!! Such a good idea!!!! xx

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  6. Ahh I did something similar once with old jeans, love the bleach idea! xxx

    http://abby-lee.blogspot.com/

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  7. This is awesome!!! Love the bleachy one, I was literally about to throw out a pair which have loads of holes in but now I'm going to make some bows! Thanks for the tip x

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  8. why can't my brain work as well as yours, your bloody amazing!
    this is such a good tuesday tips.. I so want to do it! as i own (and shamefully wearing) holey tights! ok to be fair there pyjamas ones i am wearing so i guess it doesn't matter they have holes in them hahah.
    I love the bleach one too
    xx

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  9. I now have something to do with my alarming amount of holey leggings! Thank you! oxo

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  10. Great post & fabulous idea. I have leggings that I was going to bin, not now! This is now my rainy day project. Thanks for sharing x

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  11. This is such a great idea and I am now kicking myself saying "why didn't I think of that?!". I love the effect of the bleach and I have a nice holey pair of leggings I could try this idea on!

    Emma xxx

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  12. Haha love this! Very clever :)

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  13. Amazing idea !!!
    Thank you :)

    www.launainponderland.blogspot.com

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  14. What an awesome idea!!! Love love LOVE the bleached one.. next on my 'DIY to do list'

    http://lowri-armsaroundamemory.blogspot.com/

    x

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  15. This is amazing, have no idea how you hold all these ideas in your head!
    Would love to see the plaited one x

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  16. This tip was well worth the wait! Always inspiring. Xx

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  17. Oh my God you genius! I will definitely be doing this. Lurrvve the bleached one especially. I might put a bit of left over pink dye on it as well and make it match my hair muhahaha.

    xxxx

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  18. Gem, you brilliantly clever girl! What a great waste-saver :D xx

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  19. This is such a good idea Gem, you are a genius! x

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  20. what a fab idea, the bleach gives a fab effect too!

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  21. so clever! one of my first posts on my new blog is a really simple diy turban headwrap that you might like to check out?! let me know what you think if you do and excuse the shoddiness of it all, as i said it's new!

    http://wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com/

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  22. This is just amazing! I know, it's so simple but I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier - pure genius! My leggings are too raggedy to really be classed as leggings anymore, so I'm going to give this a go. Will let you know how it turns out! Love the bleached look.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  23. ahh wow, so creative, it looks so cute!
    Krissy xoxo

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  24. Great idea! Re your leggings issue, have you tried dance ones? If you don't mind the shiney, lycra effect (which is quite flattering) they wear exceedingly well - I have a pair which I've owned since school and originally had for gymnastics that are still in good nic x

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  25. Such a brilliant idea, you come up with amazing tips! xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  26. Seriously chuffed with this, I ripped a pair of my older leggings the other day too, perfect timing :) xx

    www.pixie-boots.blogspot.com

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  27. This must be one of your most inventive Tuesday Tips, surely! Amazing!
    I've found, after going from Topshop, to Dotty Ps, to H&M and Primark, that Monsoon leggings are the best! Now I do work there, but I wear mine A LOT for work and for shopping and even cleaning, and they're yet to wear holes in! I normally get them in my ankles/heels or on my thighs but these really have fared well!

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  28. Such a cool tip! Totally gonna give this a go x

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  29. nice one!
    what is it about leggings that they seem to be just as disposable as tights?

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  30. Your looking at another sister who kills her leggings, sigh



    www.converseandchords.blogspot.com

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  31. Such an amazing idea! Definitely going to give this a go with some old leggings, I won't be so annoyed at having to chuck them after a few years if I can create something new. x

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  32. i thought it was only me who got holes in my leggings!!.. that is a fab idea..your so clever!!!

    charl
    x

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  33. Amazing DIY, it looks fab! Love the idea of bleaching them a bit too x

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  34. I don't know how you come up with such strokes of pure genius!

    xo

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  35. i was a little dubious over tying leggings into a makeshift bow.. but once again - so effective.
    eating my words again. :)

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  36. Yay for DIY! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.com/

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  37. They look awesome :D the bleach one especially! Brilliant idea, I couldn't have come up with it! x

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  38. FABBB... I love the bleached one. Such a good idea x x

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  39. This is such a great tip, I'm always throwing leggings out! I love the bleached one :) xx

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  40. oooh nice i'll have to try that very soon !
    thanks for sharing
    xoxo

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  41. this is brilliant! love the little bow tie so cute xo

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  42. Omg was just having a winge about legging on my blog the other day and now I have a way of recycling them..taa Gem..love your blog!

    x

    www.flowergypsy.blogspot.com

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  43. http://www.glitzngrime.com/2011/08/give-away.html

    enter my Give-away. Hand painted nails. Loving the blog. XX

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  44. Love your tuesday tips! The bow you've dyed looks great!

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  45. haha this is just inspired. how do you think of these things!? amazing x

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  46. wow, amazing tips! i never would have thought of all those different uses; and the bleached one looks amazing!
    xo Elly @ strawberrylacemoustache.blogspot.com

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  47. Greta idea, love the bleached one :)

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  48. Oh whaaaaaat! This is one of my favourite Tuesday Tips so far! Partly because I too suffer from holey leggings, and partly because I love bows. Well bloody done x

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  49. This is totally mad I love it! Kudos!

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  50. these are so awesome, you're so creative! :)

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  51. This is super awesome! Finally, some way of disposing of crappy leggings. Damn you h&m! X

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  52. Is there a way of making me look cute and quirky whilst wearing it though - like you - rather than demented, as will inevitably be the case if I try it?

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