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Race Bling Holder from Liz


Here is a project based on Project #16: Race Bib & Medal Holder, made by my friend Liz.  She puts her race bibs in a scrapbook, so this is just the medal holder.  The unfinished wood she bought already had the frame on it, and she painted the hooks to match the rest of the project.  Credit to our friend Jodi for the phrase “Race Bling.”

Liz is running her first half marathon this Sunday! Go Liz!



Project #17: DIY Workout Headband



Another running project! If you’re not much on exercise, it’s cool… I’ll be posting some Halloween projects over the next couple of weeks.  That snazzy green headband I’m wearing is the latest thing I’ve made and it was SUPER easy.  I help plan a 5K run every summer; last year, one of the race directors made these headbands to give to our runners. I reverse engineered that one so I could add a few more to my collection.  Oh, P.S. – you might be asking yourself, “Did Dana put makeup on at 9:00 at night just to take that picture?” You bet I did.

As always, let’s start with materials.  This one is pretty simple… you need spandex fabric (usually sold in the fabric store as “Swim/Dance” or “Performance.”  A cut of 6″ will make you probably 4 headbands.  You’ll also need good scissors (seriously, they need to be good, sharp scissors), a tape measure, and a sewing machine and thread.  You could do this by hand, but a machine will be WAY easier.


Cut the fabric into  strips that are 3″ wide by 18″ long.  The 18″ length makes a nice snug headband. If you have a giant noggin, you might want to add an inch.  The edges of the fabric are going to roll up – that’s OK.  The weave of spandex/performance fabric is such that the edges won’t fray.  I should warn you that as we get into the sewing instructions, there are a lot of  “turn it right side out” or “fold toward the inside” directions.  I hope they’re not too hard to follow, but rely on the pictures if you have to.

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With the right sides together (the sides without the rolled edges), sew a seam on the short end, to make the headband shape.  I used a half-inch seam allowance,  then trimmed a little of the extra fabric away.


Turn the headband right side out and fold in both sides at the seam, toward the inside.  Put a couple pins in to keep the folds in place.  I know you’re probably thinking, “Oh blah I don’t need pins.”  Seriously, just use them.   Spandex is tricky.  This is the fabric that brought the world wedgies, so let’s not pretend it’s easy to tame.


With the pins holding the folds in place, top stitch on either side of the seam.  This will give the headband a nice shape and help keep it in place on your head.  I used white thread so it showed in the photos, but you can use thread closer to the color of your fabric if you want.


Trim away the threads and you’re done!  Here is what it will look like in a drawer or basket, or on your floor:


Here is a close-up of this thing on my head. Wish I’d brushed my hair.  Or made an attempt at editing that fluorescent spot on my forehead.


Happy Crafting! Happy Running!

Project #16: Race Bib & Medal Holder



How do you know someone is training for a marathon? Just wait a bit – they’ll tell you.  (Thanks, Liz.)

OK, technically I only ran a half  marathon, but I was very proud and wanted a way to save my bib and finisher “medal” (which was actually a necklace).  I’ve seen  a lot of different medal holders on Etsy and decided to go for it.  If you’re a crafter/runner (or some other activity that ends with medals), maybe you can give it a shot, too!

Let’s start with materials.  You’ll need a wood block (mine was a 9×12 from the craft store – you could try a piece of plywood or something similar), sandpaper, paint and varnish, a cheapo foam brush, super glue, repositionable glue, hooks, clips, and letters (I used my Cricut – you can also try stickers or freehand painting).


First off, sand the wood block. I needed to do a lot of sanding because the plaque I bought was in rough shape.  It was the last one the store had and I was feeling crafty so I decided to go for it.   If my Dad is reading this (and he’s probably not because his use of the internet is limited to emails about his golf league), he would probably be embarrassed I bought a sanding block instead of being tough and using  sandpaper over a scrap of wood… but I say it was four dollars well spent.  Side note: do the sanding outside.  Trust me – it’s messy.


Next, choose a  base color and paint the whole thing.  The base color is what you want the letters to be because we’ll be using a masking technique.  It will also be the color that shows through when we do the weathering.   I used cheap craft acrylic and a cheapo foam brush.  You’ll probably need two coats.


Sorry about the crappy picture. It’s hard to paint with your right hand and take a picture with your left. Also, it shows as an interesting shade of electric blue. It’s not.  It’s turquoise.  PS – let the paint dry completely before moving on.

Then you need to cut letters and stick them down.   I used my Cricut but if you don’t have one, try stickers for the masking technique.  You might also try rub-ons or freehand painting (if you’re feeling brave).  Use the repositionable glue because that will allow us to easily peel them up later.  I went for a really easy statement (and a play on the band Fun. – who really are fun), but you can try a favorite quote or your name or whatever you want.

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Then go ahead and  paint on the top coat.  This is the color that will mostly show – in my case, gray.  You may have to kind of blot/sponge around the letters to really get the paint over the letters.  Again, let the paint dry completely before you move on to the next step.

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Now it’s time to peel away the letters.  Hopefully by now, you’re seeing how the mask technique works.  If you opted for stickers instead of repositionable glue, be really careful here.  The stickers could leave that annoying sticky white paper mess behind.  If you’re using rub-ons or paint instead  of the masking technique,  apply your letters after  the next step – sanding.

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The next step is to sand.  I have no picture of the sanding – only the finished product.  It’s impossible to sand and photog and the same time.  Basically, you sand the edges and different areas to reveal the base coat color underneath and give it a “weathered” look. Again, do the sanding outside.  You will probably want to wipe away the dust with a damp cloth. The more sanding you do, the more weathered the look.  remember, a good chunk of the final project will be covered by race bibs – so you don’t need to do much sanding in the middle.


Now, paint on the varnish.  Follow the directions on the label.  Let it dry THOROUGHLY before you add the finishing touches.   It might take a  few hours.


The finishing touches – add the clips and hooks.  I used miniature clothespins (I painted them) and glued them down using Gorilla Glue.  I used one of my larger race bibs to determine the placement.


Then, add the hooks at the bottom.  I found these really cool push-pin hooks at the hardware store.  WARNING! Make sure you put them low enough that the race bibs won’t cover them.  I definitely had to pull out my first attempt with the claw end of a hammer and move them.  Curse words were involved.  Also,  measure to make sure they’re placed evenly.

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That’s it!  All that’s left is to clip on your bibs and hang your medals.  All of my medals are “finisher” medals, but maybe if I keep up with running, eventually I’ll place in my age group. Or – maybe I’ll get lucky with a small race that only has 3 people in my age group.

Happy Crafting! Happy Running!