Recycle your Clothes ~ DIY ~Turn an Old Blouse into a Necklace, Belt & Flower Headband

The last time I washed this Forever 21 blouse, the arm holes shrunk up a bit {even though I hung it dry} and it was no longer comfy. But at F21 prices, I’m pretty sure I got my money’s worth. { See how I wore it to work here and here } But instead of getting rid of it {because I like the print}, I made a necklace, a possible belt, and a fab deconstructed flower headband and still have leftover fabric. Here’s how . . .

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carefully cut around collar

Ruffle Collar Necklace

Ruffle Collar Necklace or Belt

. . . and now, the headband

Fabric FLower Headband


any elastic headband will work

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Fabric FLower Headband

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

66 Comments

  • Justine-R

    June 14, 2009 |

    Really cute and good idea.

    Justine

  • a frock a day

    June 14, 2009 |

    Awesome idea! I’m going to have to try this.

  • janettaylor

    June 14, 2009 |

    I die for Ur ideas. U are the BEST, Honey!

    XoXo

  • Lotus

    June 14, 2009 |

    Perfect timing – I was looking to buy similar type of headband..but now I’m looking through my closet for a spare shirt:) Love this post!

  • dapper kid

    June 14, 2009 |

    :O I am in love with the headband diy, it looks SO amazing!! Hope you’re having a beautiful weekend.

  • Leia

    June 14, 2009 |

    You are so talented with DIY! Wish I could be as crafty as you.

  • jennine

    June 14, 2009 |

    oh my god… i love it! the photos are really great too…

    yeah, all my f21 stuff got damaged some how in the wash, and i just never had the heart to dry clean anything i ever got from there…

  • PS~Erin

    June 14, 2009 |

    I love that headband!!

  • Iva

    June 14, 2009 |

    FANTASTIC! it looks amazing! really great job!

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    June 14, 2009 |

    You should be a fashion designer!

  • daer0n

    June 14, 2009 |

    Love this, i love love DYI! very cool idea 🙂

  • Summer

    June 14, 2009 |

    okay, that…I love. =)

  • Holly

    June 14, 2009 |

    awesome! i love when you do these posts, makes me look at my clothes differently!

  • maeghan

    June 14, 2009 |

    Incredibly creative people depresses me… And incredibly creative and doubly good-looking people depresses me more! Just kidding. Of course I love it. 🙂

  • Sheri

    June 14, 2009 |

    Very cool post. You make everything look so fashionable and your ideas are great!

  • Lily G.

    June 14, 2009 |

    You are so talented! it’s amazing!

    liliesandgrapes.blogspot.com

  • R.C.

    June 14, 2009 |

    Super cute! have a relaxing Sunday!

  • xs

    June 14, 2009 |

    you’re getting so creative! i love the look.

  • Fabi

    June 14, 2009 |

    wow this is so freaking amazing! I am so doing this with my old blouses that Im about to throw away!

  • kirstyb

    June 14, 2009 |

    Loving the blog xoxox

  • Mariajosé

    June 14, 2009 |

    eres una gran artista!!!!

    enhorabuena por tu blog… me encanta!!!!

    Besos

  • Whitney Gray

    June 14, 2009 |
  • Elizabeth Marie

    June 14, 2009 |

    You are just a DIY wonder. I know I keep saying this, but I NEED to try. ahhh I have a fear of failure, although…I was searching for headbands and didn’t find anything as perfect as these, so I think it’s time.

    LAKERSSSSS. K, off subject but I’m really excited.

    xo

  • Siljesfashion

    June 14, 2009 |

    Love the headband. Good job!

  • Summer

    June 14, 2009 |

    Awe!!! You linked up… =) Saaaaweeet!

  • OmnisLucis

    June 14, 2009 |

    you have a super creative eye and an endless talent when it comes to DIYs. i love how your headband turned out, so simple and chic, and looks gorgeous on you!

  • Lili

    June 14, 2009 |

    I love your DIY posts!

  • Diana

    June 14, 2009 |

    i love this idea! great job! i’m totally loving the diy posts btw!

  • pink~leopard~print

    June 14, 2009 |

    Super cute headband!! Loves!!!

  • Brown Girl

    June 14, 2009 |

    That is too cute. I love the headband and I’m totally going to try that!

  • down and out chic

    June 14, 2009 |

    fantastic and so smart! yay for “upcycling” a shirt into three fab pieces.

  • Diary of a Young Designer

    June 14, 2009 |

    awesome, awesome tutorial!! I’m a huge fan of headbands and can say your tutorial is super easy and great to make on a day that you feel like getting crafty!

    xo
    Sophie
    PS: would love to invite you to enter my blog giveaway, I’m offering 2 headbands from my Gossip collection.

  • daniB

    June 15, 2009 |

    all these DIY’s are so chic and lovely(:
    well done!

    hope you’re enjoying what’s left of your weekend(:

    *dani

  • courtney

    June 15, 2009 |

    you are SO unbelievably creative! i love it!

  • neurochiq

    June 15, 2009 |

    Hi Maegan, first time to visit your site, and totally loving it, especially your DIYs. (because I love DIYs also!) The fringe necklace is a must try!

    PS: Your work outfits are inspiring! =)

  • Pamela

    June 15, 2009 |

    love ur DIYss!!!
    xxxx

  • Keith

    June 15, 2009 |

    That looks awesome. Hope you had a great weekend.

  • Tiffany

    June 15, 2009 |

    you are the coolest person I know. no jokes.

    I just filled 4 bags full of clothes I am giving away. I’m now going to go back and dig into them to see if I can make any thing out of them! love the headband!

  • bisou-joue

    June 15, 2009 |

    awesome idea ! I love the headband !

  • *AnGy*

    June 15, 2009 |

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    muuak

  • Federica

    June 15, 2009 |

    Oh wow! You did a great job!

  • Bombchell

    June 15, 2009 |

    nice!

    ps: you have such a pretty blog!

  • Lauren

    June 15, 2009 |

    Good thinking! I love using fabric scraps in this way too.

    x x x

  • Girl Japan

    June 15, 2009 |

    You are a DIY guru darling!!! Look at you, looking so fun and fabulous, I takes me an hour to sew a button.. sad, huh? In fact I am getting my husband to help me with the petal shoes..

  • Miss Eve

    June 15, 2009 |

    Awesome, awesome, awesome Maegan!

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    June 15, 2009 |

    Ok, dang, I need that headband. I’m buying a needle and thread tomorrow.

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    June 15, 2009 |

    P.S. Sorry I said dang. That’s the Texan in me coming out.

  • Tara Gibson

    June 15, 2009 |

    fabulous idea! the headband is ADORABLE!

  • Runway

    June 15, 2009 |

    great DIY!

  • Milly

    June 15, 2009 |

    Amazing!!!…i just donate my clothes and to think how many things i could have done…well not really not crafty at all 🙁

  • Sal

    June 15, 2009 |

    Love it! A DIY even a crappy craftster such as myself can do …

  • Cynthiah Cohen

    June 15, 2009 |

    Wow, so nice! 🙂

  • [email protected]

    June 15, 2009 |

    Love, love, LOVE it! You know I’ll be linking.

  • Robin

    June 15, 2009 |

    You look EXACTLY like your Mom! (I mean this as a huge compliment)

  • *Diane*

    June 15, 2009 |

    Amazing!!!

  • Iva

    June 15, 2009 |

    I’m just going to send all my “old” clothes to you. amazing. amazing.amazing.

  • Hanako66

    June 15, 2009 |

    Maegan, you are rediculous….in the best way possible! SERIOUSLY loving these DIYs.

  • Mrs. Priss

    June 15, 2009 |

    Totally cute! I have like, 8 shirts from Forever I am dying to rip to shreds now, haha. Thanks for the DIY, lovely!

  • Annie

    June 15, 2009 |

    This is sooo freaking genius!!! The headband is the cutest thing ever…

  • little bits of splendor

    June 16, 2009 |

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. I might turn into a headband making factory.

  • ZombieLace

    June 16, 2009 |

    LOVE this project… you are a girl after my own heart <3

  • CanDy J♥

    June 17, 2009 |

    Best DIY yet!!! i will def. try this =D…

    p.s. made my day! ♥

  • macy

    July 8, 2009 |

    You are a genius on this. I wonder if I could do the same with some of my dickies scrubs. lol

  • Vinda Sonata

    December 19, 2009 |

    wow. i’m sooo copying the headband idea. that’s really fab. thank you for sharing!

    Vinda
    vindavindasonata.blogspot.com

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