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DIY: Make Your Own Fabulous Headbands Using Old T-shirts

Updated on March 3, 2017

How to Make Easy Knotted Fabric Headbands and Fabric Flowers from Your Old T-Shirts

We love making these fashionable knotted headbands from our old t-shirts! It is so easy. We also got a bit carried away with our creative side also making a gorgeous plaited headband with a fabric flower, and a headband made from an old pair of denim using the same formula.

All these hair accessories were made from t-shirts and jeans we were going to throw out.

My daughter spends a fortune on hair accessories, as she loves experimenting with her hair, these headbands are delightfully easy for her to help me make. And again like our popular crocheted headbands, have become popular amongst her friends and she has even started taking orders.

She recently came home with her friends' old t-shirts and we had great fun making lots of these pretty headbands. Each 100% unique and if made from their favourite tees very personal to the wearer.

Re-Cycling T-shirt Craft Essentials—a Must Have Purchase for Any Crafty Person

A sharp pair of fabric scissors makes crafting with fabric so easy. I totally appreciate how much my crafting life was made easier when I used a friend's sharp fabric scissors.

I protect them with my life as I am sure my other scissors are used to cut anything and everything, I even found my husband using my craft scissors to pierce a hole into his new leather belt.

Rest assured he will not be trying that again.

But on a serious note if you are making anything from fabric, make sure you have a good set of dressmaking fabric scissors.

Knotted Fabric Headband Made from Old T-Shirts - These Headbands Are Cute and Totally Adorable

Creating the knot itself takes a little bit of getting used to. However, it was my daughter who pointed out the starting shapes are those of the "Think Pink" cancer ribbon.

The knot we used is the Carrick Bend as shown here.

How to Cut the Fabric for Your Headbands

Don't worry about wrinkly t-shirts! no ironing required, by the time you pull the strands the wrinkles disappear.

How to Make Your Headband Fit All Sizes - Getting a Good Fit for Your Headbands Is Easy

By finishing the ends of neatly and adding an elasticated hair band, this means the headbands can be made to an average size and then will fit most people.

We were making for teenage girls, but even this would work for adults and when making babies headbands.

Gather all the ends together and sew into place neatly fold over elastic hair band and tuck in all loose ends sew together, (Do not sew through the elastic headband make sure this is kept free to move around)

Upcycling and re cycling can be FUN

teaching our kids the importance of re-using-reducing and re-cycling.

Not only is this a great craft project, but I was struggling to engage a group of teenage girls in their Eco programme for school. I thought they were never going to buy into the whole reduce re-use re-cycle concept.

How wrong was I with a little bit of imagination, these girls were bringing in more old t-shirts destined for landfill than we could handle!

They also made that many creative hair bands that they started a stall in the school and raised funds for our next craft Eco Projects.

I now have, for the first time ever a waiting list to join the once seen as "geeky" eco club.

Create a flower Headband from Old T-shirts - Recycling your old clothes is great fun

Make your own fabric headbands
Make your own fabric headbands

Not only are some of the colors of t-shirts too cool for school but when mixed together they make awesome color combinations

How to make Fabric Flowers from Old T-shirts - So easy its childs play

Use a flower with 5 or 6 petals and cut ot several in each of your color.

Fold each petal into a quarter, then using a circle of material as the base you will start to build the Quarters up into a flower shape. You can either Glue or Sew these quarters to secure them.

How to complete your T-shirt Hair Band

fabric flower headbands
fabric flower headbands

Keep building up the petals into layers until you have reached your desired puffiness for the flower. This is completely personal taste.

Take several strands and plait them together to make the headband. and Attach flower just off center.

Finish the Back of the head band just like we did before to get a good fit (See HERE)

Bang on Trend DIY Denim Headband - so Cute

So easy to make following the same steps but cutting up an old pair of jeans. Perfect for the festivals this year.

Reducing Reusing and Recycling - Caring for your environment

Whether you are doing your bit for the environment just now or not, there are opportunities all around us to re-cycle many items and things we may otherwise have thrown out.

Mostly we give good clothes that have been grown out of to second hand stores for charity, but now we have found a great way to re-use some of them and give them a second life.

What do you think?

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FREE Fabric Flower Template - Print and go

some have asked if I could add a flower template. So here it is

We love hearing what our visitors have to say, Your comments are most appreciated.

Did you like our Re-cycled TShirts as Headbands? - Do you have a great upycling project you want to tell us about?

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      3 years ago

      looks cool :)

    • tazzytamar profile image


      5 years ago from chichester

      I love the denim and the flower headbands! These are so cool, I'm going to make a ton of them!!

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      Lynda Makara 

      6 years ago from California

      These turned out really well. Not at all what I was expecting. Great photos.

    • tonyaalves3 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a great idea. I would never though of recycling old t-shirts. I have two daughters

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      6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. This is a great way of upcycling old t-shirts. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      @EzLoanLookUp LM: Very Cute

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 

      6 years ago

      OMG...How cute!

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      6 years ago

      Hi Lisa. I like your lens very much. I have 3 daughters and i think this can be a nice project to do together. By the way the idea of reusing or recycling is great and my girls like it

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Lisa - you are just too clever for words! Well done, my dear. And a big, big congratulations on "Lens of the Day" and winning the 'So Crafty' award. Well deserved -- you are 'definitely' a 'crafty' person!

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      clouda9 lm 

      6 years ago

      So darn clever and cute, cute!

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic instructions! I love the Carrick Bend knot, it's very pretty. Congratulations on LoTD!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      6 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Very creative headband and it looks great.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the step by step instructions and what an innovative idea.A well deserved LOTD.Congratulations

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      6 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens , beautiful skills and recycling tips , thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic, such clear instructions, many people will find this useful. Congrats on LOTD!

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting, a great use for old clothes, great reusing rather than dumping the clothes. Iwish manufacturers would work more at fixing and reusing rather than replacing.

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      6 years ago

      Very creative...

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      6 years ago

      I love projects and will give this a go. Thanks for sharing this on a lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      This was an excellent lens, LisaAuch! Congratulations on your well-deserved LOTD! Very useful, unique and creative!!!

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      6 years ago

      Recycling and re-purposing always helps. Congratulations on getting the Purple Star and LotD!

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations and a big woot hoot!! for this great accomplishment. Give Rebecca a hug from me. :)

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      6 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD and it is a great lens, no doubt about that! :)

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      Titia Geertman 

      6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Great Idea recycling T-shirts. I used to recycle them by turning them into woven rugs. I used to do that with the pantyhoses too.

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      Mary Stephenson 

      6 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. I am all for recycling if at all possible. I remade a couple of jump suits into a couple of tops. Kept the bottom parts for other projects.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting. thanks for sharing.

    • ingridpalmer profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful and well deserved.

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      6 years ago

      Well done lens. Deserved the LotD for sure. And a pretty cool idea.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Congrats on your win. Well deserved.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to congratulate you on LotD. Enjoy the ride and afterglow. :-)

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      6 years ago

      Great idea for a family re-cycling project:)

      Congratulations on LOTD, Lisa!

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      6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Great idea. I love the idea of re-using anything that is no longer needed in some other way. Congrats on LOTD. :-)

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      6 years ago from Cyprus

      Awesome idea, I really like this one and with my many old tshirts, I will definitely attempt to do it. Congrats on the LOTD!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens with excellent, clear directions. Congratulation on receiving the LOTD. Now I need longer hair so I can wear these things.

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      6 years ago

      Your T-Shirt headbands and your model are absolutely awesome! Congratulations on winning the So Crafty Club challenge, Lisa!

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      6 years ago

      Love this! Thanks for the idea and great instructions. I will share these headbands with my nieces, they'll love them also. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      6 years ago

      Love this! Thanks for the idea and great instructions. I will share these headbands with my nieces, they'll love them also. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens. With this hot weather I was looking for a headband while working in the garden. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Awesome. Pinned to my crafts board too. Looks like your daughter will be fabulously accessorized when she's beating more boys at her next tournament ;)

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      6 years ago

      well done

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      6 years ago

      Love them! Great upcycling craft idea and love the photos and family involvement too :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @Hannah Writes: Wow what a fantastic Idea for the Brownies and Girl scouts! I do hope they find the page :)

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      6 years ago

      I really love these headbands, very unique and creative. I will have to try making some too. Good job and congratulations on LOTD.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      6 years ago

      I like this idea a lot! Very unique and easy for anyone to do. Adding the elastic hair tie so that the headband fits any size is a smart idea!

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      6 years ago

      FInally, something cool to do with all those "favorite old t-shirts" I've saved up.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      I love this idea and I think my daughter would look really cute with one of these.

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love this! I'll have to share this with my daughters-in-law. Great idea, beautifully documented, and a family affair at that - perfect! Congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Christine Hulme 

      6 years ago from SE Kent, England

      A lovely idea and a nice clear page to share with us.

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      Gregory Moore 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Very creative. Congrats on your LOTD and purple star!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      A great idea! Your LOTD is well-deserved!

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      6 years ago from England

      Congrats on a well deserved LOTD! So nice to see photographs taken by the lensmaster themselves rather than images taken from the net mixed with an original idea and such creativity! You are so talented!!

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD, Lisa :) Definitely sharing this tutorial on a few group boards on Pinterest!

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations, great recycling ideas.

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      Hannah Writes 

      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful craft for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts wanting to earn the Art to Wear Badge. It reinforces the part of the Girl Scout Promise that says "Use Resources Wisely". I've bookmarked this page for future reference!

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      Maria Burgess 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Great idea - these are very colorful and fun! Congrats on your LoTD and purple star! =)

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      6 years ago

      And congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD! :)

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic idea - the more we can reuse old things to make beautiful new ones, the better!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've seen a lot of things made from t-shirts but never head bands. What a great idea! The flower headband is really pretty.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      6 years ago from London

      Lovely idea - recycles the old T shirts, keeps the teenagers occupied during the summer holidays plus unique and free new headwear - what's not to like?! :D

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      These are a very pretty accessory and much more meaningful to the girls than a bought headband would be! Great idea well done on LOTD.

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      6 years ago

      Good idea. it so cute

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      6 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Major congrats on LOTD! Super fun lens.

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      6 years ago from UK

      Just back to say - Congratulations on LOTD!! :)

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      6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Congrats on a well-deserved LOTD! :)

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      poppy mercer 

      6 years ago from London

      Congratulations on LOTD . Our TShirts usually end up as polishing rags, but yours is a far more creative idea.

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations! Well-deserved LOTD!

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      6 years ago

      This is so so so nice. congrats and you have saved my nieces and girl friends on spending their bucks for buying headbands.

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      Julia Morais 

      6 years ago

      Used to feel sad about throwing my old Ts away, since some of them were in no condition to be given to charity either. Now, I see hope for my T-shirts. Great lens. I'm bookmarking this one.

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      6 years ago

      I really like your idea and I will try to make the first headband for my daughter. She will love it :)

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      rattie lm 

      6 years ago

      This is just delightful. Have bookmarked this for a craft lesson. Thanks!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      YES! Congratulations on LOTD! Wonderful and I'm so glad you won! YAY!

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      6 years ago

      passing this on to my daughter... thanks!

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      sybil watson 

      6 years ago

      What a great idea! This would be a fun and practical project for a teenager to do over summer break.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are great! I love reusing old stuff to make something new. Way to go on LotD!!

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      6 years ago

      This is very cute, I like the idea of recycling and re-purposing clothes. These headbands are original and unique, great project for being creative.

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      6 years ago from UK

      Love this!! What an inventive idea. Very pretty and practical. Love that you and your daughter created these together too :)

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      Scott A McCray 

      6 years ago

      Very cool - sharing this with my nieces!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think this is the most terrific crafting idea I've heard in a long time. T-shirts are eventually discarded and trashed....this idea gives them another life. Voting for your lens!

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful! You both are so talented. I hope you win!!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Cute, cute, cute! Love all of these creations. Beautifully done.

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      Barbara Walton 

      6 years ago from France

      I love the idea of reusing old things (to the point that I've filled a whole BARN with 'useful materials'. The old T shirts generally go to dusters and painting rages though. Some much more creative ideas here!

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      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I love the flower

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      Corrinna Johnson 

      6 years ago from BC, Canada

      Just plain AWESOME! I will be doing these with my tween daughter this weekend. I bought a huge bag of t-shirts the other day at the thrift store for crafting AND my daughter has been complaining the last couple of days that she can't find any headbands.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have never thought of using T-shirts to make a headband! I have to show your ideas to my son's friend, she loves doing crafts!

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      Elizabeth Lynn Westbay 

      6 years ago from United States

      I will be making some of these for this next school year, I have been going through my old clothes and setting them aside so I can craft with them.

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      6 years ago

      What a great idea! I love the denim one! :)

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      You have some really nice headbands here. Love the recycling. Great article.

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      6 years ago

      Great article! Pinned :)

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      6 years ago

      Love this lens!! I love re-cycling ideas and projects. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas here. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      This is one super idea and you've illustrated it beautifully. I like this craft for kids or anyone who has a use for headbands.

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      6 years ago

      What a great idea, I love the hairbands you and your daughter created, very cool!

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      6 years ago

      I love this idea Lisa and thank you for featuring my Organic Tote. Being married to a "Landfill Gas Expert" I know all about what happens underground in a landfill site and it is not pretty - it also smells pretty bad too. So the more we can re-use and recycle the better it is for everyone - particularly our children and grandchildren.

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      6 years ago

      Brilliant! I love it!


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