Things wear out, It’s only to be expected – our belongings won’t last forever. Many things can be repaired, but sometimes you need a replacement. However, before I reach for my laptop to order an new ‘thingumy’, I try to decide whether we already have an alternative or whether I can make a replacement using something in the house.

IMGP2901So, when the foam covers on Mr Snail’s headphones started to disintegrate, rather than ordering new ones or, even worse, new headphones, I decided to have a go at making some replacements. I have plenty of cotton yarn, even having used loads in my charity blankets, and this seemed like it might be the best fibre to have pressed against ears. It’s easy to make circles in crochet, or even ovals, as I discovered this was the shape of the ear pieces. One side has a wire coming out, so the cover for thatΒ need to incorporate a hole for the cable to pass through. In the end, it took me about an hour to fashion these replacement covers.

Unlike commercial foam covers, these are fully biodegradable, so when they wear out, they can just be composted. The verdict so far is that they are comfortable and do not reduce the sound. Well, that’s a result.

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  1. It’s a great idea to avoid unnecessarily replacing a still functioning object and acquiring new things that use up resources etc πŸ™‚
    Ingenious indeed!

  2. Very clever, the best mend so far. I think you could go into business with these!

    • And so easy to do with the headphones in front of me… Mr Snail did begin by asking whether cotton would be permeable to the sound (!) and since I had no idea, it had to be ‘suck it and see’, but he says they work well, so it turned out to be a success.

  3. What an excellent idea! And they look so good, you could start a trend there

  4. Cool colour too! Definitely a trend in the making….

  5. Laurie Graves

     /  May 19, 2017

    As we would say in Maine, that is wicked clever. Wonderful ingenuity!

  6. Clever, clever! We saw it here first! πŸ™‚ Stick it on Ravelry quick and make a dollar…… πŸ™‚

  7. Now this is something to keep in mind when my earphones start wearing thin – great post, and brilliant idea πŸ™‚

  8. Another benefit is that they needn’t be the eternal black of all electronics except Apple, which is the eternal white. I foresee a future of multi-coloured, striped and spotted spiral earSnails!

  9. You have such wonderful ideas! Loving the colour too πŸ™‚

  10. I think there might be a market for those. Now if you could come up with better replacement for ear buds. Great solution.

  11. Brilliant!! This is an all around fantastic idea – good for the environment, good for the pocketbook, good for the yarn scraps, good for fashionistas etc etc!! πŸ˜€

  12. What a clever idea! I’m happy to hear they work so well. Comfort and function along with beauty, a true hallmark of good design.

  13. Perfect… Plus they look cool too! What a great idea πŸ˜€


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