Another clothes upcycle in My Creative Space

It is now winter here in Australia - and although winter here is nothing compared to winter in many places - like where I grew up in the North of England, you do get used to the climate where you live, and for me now - when I get up in the morning and it's 10C  that feels pretty cold to me.

Anyway, I don't like being cold - never have, and have found that lately, I've been drinking more hot cups of tea, which always seem to need a chocolate biscuit or piece of cake with them, and sitting around more being generally less active.

For me, less active, means less motivated in general, and so less productive. Not good when I have goals and aims and things to do!!
So I decided I needed to take action! 

My solution? To brave these ever so cold mornings and get up and onto our exercise bike! Get my metabolism going and ready for the day ahead!

I like to listen to something while I cycle (music or Anthony Robbins) but since I'm getting up before everyone else, I have to listen on my MP3 player with earphones.

So I decided to make myself a little holder for it - I've seen lots of people runnning and walking with them - they look fairly simple!

So I took one of my daughter's old t-shirts (that no longer fits):

Cut a nice wide strip off..

I just used one side of the strip - the pretty front side.

Right sides together stitched it, and finished the edges off..
Then pulled it on my arm, folded in half to make a pocket and there you have....

A groovy - roxy - MP3 player holder for exercising!

A grand price of $0 !! What a bargain!

And I have to say morning cycles have returned my motivation and I'm feeling less 'cold' now!

What helps you get motivated?  Does the cold slow you down too? 
(I was definitely some kind of reptile in my last life! I need to be warm!!)


  1. Good job! I need one of these for my iphone!

  2. Such a good idea! I've never wanted to spend the money on an ipod holder, so this is such a great solution. Looks brill :-)

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  4. Perfect and cute too! You're really creative, I would have never thought to do that!


    New Follower from the hop, a pleasure to meet you :-)

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  5. I am going to have to show this to my running buddies. I don't have an iPod - I'm the weirdo that likes the sound of wind rushing through my ears. Thanks for stopping by @Houseful of Nicholes! I appreciate your comments.

  6. You're so clever! Way to re-use and make something you needed. x

  7. So so cute! What a great idea!

  8. A very clever up-cycle :) I hate the cold to and find it SO hard to do any exercise, but I'm always motivated to do crafty things :)

    Thanks for popping by my little blog :)

  9. Hi from your latest follower. I found you blog hopping. What a great idea. Love to learn new tricks that can save money. Can't wait to check more out. Be sure to check out me out at Sarah

  10. How clever...I need something like this for exercising!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and telling me about your clothing makeover link up; I linked up a few things and blogged about your link up today here. I'm following you back and definitely look forward to more clothing makeovers! :)

  11. Way clever! and simple and thrifty! yay!


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