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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How-To: Spunky Diva's take on Fabric Bracelets

The original credit for this idea and the recipe my tutorial is a take off from is from Women Who Do It All.  There are tons of great posts and ideas on their blog.  Here is my take on her bracelet recipe.  I love wearing these bracelets!  They baby safe (no beads) and you can throw them in the washer if/when they get dirty (or completely slobbered).  And with a teething 7-month-old they have been getting plenty of use as an instant teether. 

I now have a confession to make.  I am a remnant shopper.  There is nothing better than getting a good price on the most useless size of fabric imaginable, LOL!  But... making these bracelets is putting a serious dent in my stash.  You can also use all kinds of scraps from larger projects.  Or, make a matching bracelet for any outfit you want!


I have added some additional steps that I have incorporated from various tutorials and tips from other sewers.  So, sit-back and enjoy these details.  Feel free to comment with any tips or ideas you have to make these easier and faster to make.  Or, if you have any questions that need clarification on anything I have written.




Ingredients you will need:
- Thick elastic (short lengths are okay)
- Fabric (2" or wider by 14" or longer)
- Iron
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Marker
- Safety Pin
- Thread to match fabric

1)  Measure around your wrist (or take the wrist measurement of the person you are making the bracelet for) and cut your elastic to that length.  Cut the length of fabric double the length of the elastic.  (i.e. 7" of elastic to 14" of fabric)



2)  Fold one end of the fabric over one 1/4" and iron flat.  Then fold the fabric longways, wrong sides together, and iron flat.



 
3)  Measure out the width of your elastic plus one 1/4" and mark with fabric marker.  I like using the blue water erase markers.  You can see the faint blue line on the green fabric.  The line on the blue fabric is where I have sewn down the line.




 
4)  Once you have sewn down the length of the fabric trim the fabric between 1/4" and 1/8" from your stitches.




5)  Use a safety pin to pull the fabric right side out.




6)  Press the fabric tube flat, with the seam in the middle.  This will become the inside of your bracelet.



7)  Thread your sewing machine with matching top and bobbin thread that matches as close as possible to your fabric.





8)  Attach the Safety Pin to one end of your elastic and thread through the fabric tube.  Start at the end that is folded to the inside.




9)  Pull the elastic through till it is one inch from the folded end, and then sew the elastic in place.



10)  After sewing the folded end, continue to pull the elastic through to the end of the fabric, and sew it as close to rough edge as possible.  This is what your bracelet will look like before you sew it into a circle. 



Now enjoy your bracelet!  Don't make too many!

3 comments:

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    Sizzlinsavers.blogspot.com

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  2. ohwow this looks like such a great project to do with a toddler (like mine) that is just starting to wear bracelets and "jewry" LOL, AND I always look at the remnant section of the fabric store too but just never know what to do with what I see there =)

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  3. Cute! I made some similar but a little ruffly. They are fun to make and my kids love them! Thanks for linking up @PonyTails&FishScales!

    terelauritsen.blogspot.com

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