How many times have you walked by the thrift store rack of belts and seen 25 little girls d-ring belt cast offs hanging there?
Let me hit that for you, LOTS.
Well, and it’s no surprise. If you’re like us, just getting the clean outfit ON, and in reasonably unwrinkled condition is a miracle all on it’s own. Procuring a matching belt is not high on the priority list.
you consider what you can do with these little 50 cent prizes.
Step by Step:
1. Book those bargain belts. Grosgrain, canvas, woven…….you pick.
2. Decide what type of headband works best for you or your little. Hard band. Elastic. Tie.
3. Unless you want to use the D ring as a design element, remove it, or any other waist fastener. We keep all of them, you never know what the next up cycle will bring.
4. Many belts are double thickness already. Use this primo opportunity to do LESS work. Slide your hard band, elastic, or extra length tie between the layers with the right length for the head you’re fitting.
5. Stability. Headbands are dead in the water if you don’t want to wear them because they don’t provide optimum function. Here are some tools that we use to make them more functional.
– apply soft or hard Velcro to hold them in place on the interior side of the band.
– apply a strip of hot glue to give it some grab.
– add a few thread loops inside to insert bobby pins for extra hold.
6. We don’t discriminate when it comes to hair pretties (cocktails are another story). If you’re belt find is too small for a headband, make a barrette, hair clip, book mark, purse handle or anything else that requires a little kapow.
7. Next time you’re thrifting………..book these cheap finds. You won’t regret it. They’re easy to hang on to because they don’t take up a lot of room. Plus, they are also perfect for gift wrapping.