How to Make an Armband

Turn an old sock into a cellphone-holding armband.
Turn an old sock into a cellphone-holding armband. (Image: moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images)

Whether you need an armband for a costume, to hold your phone or identification and cash on a jog or to make a political statement, there’s no need to spend a lot of money. With a little elastic and some ribbon, trim or fabric, you can craft a strap for your arm, or you can turn an old sock into an armband pocket.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 1/2-inch-wide elastic
  • Scissors
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon or trim or 2-inch-wide fabric strip
  • Dressmakers’ pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Hook-and-loop tape (optional)
  • Tube sock (optional)

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Stretchy Band Styling

Measure around your arm at the point where you plan to wear the armband. Add 1/4 inch to the measurement.

Cut a piece of elastic to match the measurement.

Cut two pieces of ribbon or trim 1/2 inch longer than the elastic.

Pin the elastic to the back side of one of the ribbons or trim pieces.

Stitch across the ends of the ribbon and elastic to secure them together.

Pin the second piece of ribbon or trim to the first, right sides together.

Stitch the long sides together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Turn the band right side out.

Match the ends together and pin.

Stitch the ends together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Turn the band so that the seam is on the inside of the circle formed.

Fabric Band Removable Flair

Measure your arm’s circumference and add 2 inches.

Cut the fabric strip to match the measurement.

Fold the fabric in half with the right sides together.

Pin the edges to hold them in place.

Stitch along the long side and one end of the fabric strip, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Turn the strip right side out.

Fold 1/4 inch of fabric at the open end into the opening. Hand-stitch the end closed.

Position one side of a hook-and-loop tape tab on the end of the fabric band. Stitch it into place.

Place the other side of the tape tab on the stitched piece.

Wrap the band into a circle until the other end overlaps above the tab. Stitch the second side into place.

Sock-It-Away Styled Valuables Storage

Cut the foot portion of a tube sock away to leave an 8-inch tube.

Turn the tube inside out.

Fold up the bottom of the tube to about 1 inch from the top, or until the pocket formed is the right size for your phone or other electronic device or for your id card or wallet.

Stitch along the fold, using a 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch seam allowance.


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