Rejuvinate and personalize your tired headphones with... old pajamas!

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Much as I dig the lunacy factor of my altoids-tin/plumbing-parts headphones, they leave a lot to be desired in portability.
My fancypants Sony headphones, (which went missing and actually prompted me to create the aforementioned thingy) were showing some wear and tear: the foam covers over the speakers were deteriorating. I see people on the bus with this ailment frequently. Doesn't affect the device much at first, but all manner of scuz gets in there overtime, and that can't benefit the sound quality.

Anyway, the fixit occurred to me a couple days ago, and in that span of time the good digital camera went to Germany with the fatherly unit. Consequently, I apologize for the poor quality images via cellphone with bad lighting.
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Step 1: Materials

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Whatcha need:

-headphones with degrading/dead foam covers
-fabric (old pjs worked well, but anything thin, with a loose weave and minimal fuzz would do) [bright colors optional]
-scissors (if you are going to use 3rd grader scissors like I did, give them a good sharpening first)

Step 2: Sewing a pattern

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This is a most basic of sewing projects. If an ueber-novice like me managed to do it and photograph it in the process, it really can't be that hard.
If you really are adverse to sewing, you could even subsitute superglue, or get creative with rubber bands or something... let your laziness flow.

First you remove the old, earwaxy foam covers from your headphones.

Cut two squares of fabric about an inch bigger than the diameter of those foam covers.

Step 3: The tricky-ish part

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I did one earpiece, decided that crude hemming was in order, and redid it. If a fraying, fuzz-producing edge is okay with you, skip that part. It only requires the extra effort of folding over the edge of the fabric when yoy are sewing.

Note: sewing a perfect circle is not important!
ChrysN6 years ago
Cool idea, I have a pair of headphones with one of the foam covers torn and I was wondering how to replace it.