Custom-fit Reflective Cellphone/MP3 Armband with Money Pouch

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This instructable is especially for those fitness-fanatics who like to get up before the crack of dawn, or after dark to go for a work-out. Not only are you more eye-catching to drivers, but you can tailor this armband to fit your MP3 player, and/or cellphone, in addition to using the band as a money pouch when you don't have pockets for your cash.

This armband is a relatively easy project for someone who can handle a sewing machine and it requires about an hour of your time.
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Step 1: Things You Will Need

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Elastic Reflective Bands

measuring tape
etc. sewing stuff

The most difficult item to come by will be the reflective band. It is definitely best to get something stretchy, and the easiest thing to make this reflective MP3 armband out of are Army PT armbands. I actually got the idea for this instructable a couple of years ago when I was in the military and had a bunch of these things laying around. They are required whenever soldiers do physical fitness, so I kept losing and replacing them, but would eventually find them again leaving me with a couple extras.

If you can find the armbands in a military surplus store or online, then you can skip most of this instructable - it really simplifies the process because the armband is already half made!

Step 2: Measure and Cut

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Here are the first steps if you are starting with a plain reflective band and velcro.

1. Measure the circumference of your arm, keeping in mind the thickness of your work-out clothing. [Mine is 31cm]
2. Measure the width of the velcro. [2.5cm]
3. Measure the reflective band to equal the circumference of your arm plus 3Xthe width of the velcro. [38.5]
4. Fold the reflective band to make it twice the length and cut. [77cm]
5. Figure out how wide the band needs to be to wrap around three sides of your MP3 player, with 1/8-1/4in (1/2cm) overlapping both sides. It should also be long enough to wrap 3/4 around the length of your MP3 player.

SageMinto4 years ago
This is prefect! Can't wait to try it! =)
unexpired (author) 5 years ago
Thanks for your comments! And yeah, I have a smaller MP3 player, but why carry two things when you can have both in one....?
wazzup1055 years ago
Hee, I'm using my phone (also a  nokia) as MP3 player more and more even though I have another much smaller MP3 player. The phone also doubles as a stopwatch/timer (with laptimes) so the viewable screen is a very nice touch.
3366carlos5 years ago
great job!
Doctor What5 years ago
I love the idea!  It conquers two problems with the morning/evening jog in one!
=SMART=5 years ago
Thats a really good idea ! it looks great too !