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« on: February 12, 2006 12:33:15 PM »

I'm sure some of you are like my and still have the old behind the head headphones that were all the rage a few years ago.  and, like me, the pads are probably falling apart.  instead of buying new headphones, here's a super easy, super cheap way to fix them!

all you need is a needle, thread, and some craft felt.  your felt should be fairly soft, fairly porus, and not prone to pilling.  (the sound quality for me has been at least as good as through the original foam)  you probably want to match your felt and thread color unless you like the contrast stitching look.  they hold up fairly well - mine survived for almost a year of daily use (and sometimes dragging on the ground behind my backpack) and could have held up longer except that I wanted to do this tutorial.

Step 1 - take off the old foam pads.



Step 2 - cut out two circles of felt slightly larger than the earpieces (for my sony street style headphones, I cut them about 3" in diameter)



Step 3 - fold the thread in half and knot the end.  do a running stitch around the edges of one of the felt circles, pulling the thread through the knotted end.



Step 4 - place the circle behind the earpiece and tighten the thread slightly.  see how it's starting to "grab" the sides of the earpiece?



Step 5 - tighten the thread and knot it off.  cut and hide the thread so it doesn't stick out.  repeat steps 3-5 on the other side with the other circle.



Step 6 - yay, you're done!  admire your good-as-new headphones.

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2006 01:17:17 PM »

They are probably softer to wear...my headphones cut into my ear and leaves red marks
But they are adorable<3

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2006 02:35:26 PM »

you could do some really spiffy stuff with that....make custom headphones with different colors or something. could come in handy if your friend has the same headphones.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2006 02:59:32 PM »

you could do some really spiffy stuff with that....make custom headphones with different colors or something. could come in handy if your friend has the same headphones.

yeah, I'm just boring and go with black.  besides, it matches my black backpack.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2006 07:56:26 PM »

Thanks for the idea, my headphones are kind of falling apart and I'd been wondering what to fix them with.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2006 08:21:31 PM »

Holy smokes! That's great! I can't wear earbuds and regular earphones keep my ears nice and warm...the only thing is that one pair the pads are so worn out and are disintigrating.  So this is perfect! Thanks sooooo much for sharing, really.  *thinks I'll exchange black for bright blue...*
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