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DIY Running Belt

Running Belt

My husband runs. He doesn’t like to be called a runner, but he does run. Last year while training he was faced with a problem – he liked to run with his phone, but hated all the armband cases. He said the phone was too heavy to have on his arm, I said he could run with his old iPod Nano. He said he relied too much on a running app on his phone to leave it at home.

What to do, what to do?

Then one day he sent me a link to a running belt and asked if I could make him one.  It didn’t look too difficult, so I picked up some Spandex and gave it a try. He loves running with it, so I thought I’d share instructions in case you are stuck in the same predicament.

Running Belt Supplies

You’ll need Spandex for the belt. The stretch allows the belt to fit snuggly around the waist, and hold the contents close to your body to prevent bouncing.

Running Belt Cutting

First, cut a 14″ width piece. Spandex comes in 45″ width, so I fold it a couple times so it fits on my cutting mat.

If you can find thick spandex you won’t need this wide of a piece. The spandex I’ve found seems thin, so I double fold it to help hold everything tight. For thick spandex cut 6.5″ wide and skip straight to step 2.

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Next, you’ll need to know the size of your waist. Measure where you plan to wear the belt. If you plan on wearing the belt lower on your hips, then measure there.  The chart above will give you a good idea of how long to make the belt, although there will be some differences depending on the type of Spandex and how much it stretches. I always err on the side of making it bigger because it is a lot easier to cut more off at the end than it is to add extra back on.

Cut the 14″ piece to the desired length (add a little extra for the seam allowance).

Once your Spandex is cut to size fold it in half and serge along the edge. If you don’t have a serger you could try using an overlock stitch or a zig zag, don’t use a straight stitch because it won’t stretch with the spandex. If there is any way you could beg a friend with a serger to help you out I think you’d be a lot happier with the results.

Running Belt Pinned

Then you’ll fold it in half again, and leave an opening for the pocket. The 2 pins are marking where the pocket will be, so I’ll serge up to the pink pin, and start again at the green pin.

Running Belt Turning

Then turn the tube right side out.

Fold in half length wise and serge the ends together, making a loop.

And just in case I’ve totally lost you, here’s some rough drawings that may help:

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How to Make Your Own Running Belt

I tease my husband that this is the new fanny pack. Only it’s way cooler, sleeker and definitely doesn’t scream “tourist”. Although I think it would work just as well at Disneyland as it does at the gym.

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Chicks Picks: Apps

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The world of apps is huge and we all know our phones are capable of more than Candy Crush–but how do you know what apps are worth downloading? Today we’re sharing some of our favorites and would love for you to share your faves in the comments!

 

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Disneyland-Explorer

Disneyland Explorer

My kids love this app. It has been the fun flavor of the month. Their favorite part is finding the yeti on the Matterhorn!

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  Kid-Chatteroo-Logo-1

 Kid Chatteroo

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My Job Chart

This app has been so helpful in getting my girls motivated to help around the house.  Each night they login and mark off what they have done.  Sometimes they want the points and will run and do something they may have forgotten to do. Love it!

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nike Nike+ Running

I’m not a runner, but it works for walking too ;). I love that it keeps track of distance, route, time, and pace. And it let’s us have a friendly competition amongst family.

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Rhonna Designs

Take your Instagram pictures to a whole new level with Rhonna’s app. It’s like scrapbooking on your phone!

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This is my #1 fave app. Microblogging at its finest. 😉

pictapgo

I love taking pictures with my iPhone, so I love PicTapGo which is an awesome photo editing app. You can edit your phone pics with a few simple touches, save your favorite editing “recipes,” and even open right in Instagram without cropping your photo to the default square. It’s my favorite way to brighten up my phone pics.

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Valentine’s Wallpapers for iPhone and iPads

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Happy 1st of February! Here are some new wallpapers for your iPhones and iPads. They don’t scream Valentine’s Day, but still convey love. Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper.

EDIT: If you don’t have an iDevice, you aren’t completely out of luck. Readers have let us know they have downloaded wallpapers and they work on HTC phones as well! If you try and have success on other phones/tablets let us know!

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iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

iPad GUI PSD

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

iPad GUI PSD

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

More wallpapers: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas

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Christmas Wallpapers

Enter our All I Want for Christmas Part 2 giveaway.

I went bright and cheery with these Christmas wallpapers for your iPhones or iPads. They may not be traditional, but they sure are merry! Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper.

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

Papers and trees by Crystal Wilkerson.

 

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Thanksgiving iPhone and iPad Wallpapers

Is your Halloween wallpaper still on your phone like mine? Here are some new ones for November!

To download straight onto your device, click the link, then download, which will open up the image. Click on the image to save to your camera roll and then set as your wallpaper.

Dresden iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

Gratitude iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

Thankful iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

 A big thanks to Crystal Wilkerson for the use of her Color Combo 4!

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Halloween Wallpapers

How about some Halloween decor for your mobile device!

Instructions: Select either the iPad or iPhone option below, download, save to your camera roll, and select as the wallpaper under settings on your device.

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iPad, iPad MiniiPhone 4, 4S iPod Touch /iPhone 5

 

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iPad, iPad Mini / iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch / iPhone 5

Happy Halloween

iPad, iPad Mini / iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch / iPhone 5

Happy Halloween!

All papers and scrapbook elements are from Crystal Wilkerson

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