Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday- 10 Minute Fabric Bracelets

I have been seeing fabric bracelet patterns for sale and I think they are super cute, but I figured I could probably figure out how to make them myself.  Turns out they are super easy!  Even if you've never sewed before you could make yourself some of these stylish bracelets. 

I've been working on these for awhile to get them just perfect.  Every time I wear one I get tons of compliments!  I just use scraps of fabric that I have left over from other projects and I end up with tons of cute bracelets to match every outfit.  Which is great because normally I'm terrible at accessorizing.  Plus accessorizing can be expensive!
Supplies:
- A fabric scrap (2 1/2 inches x about 15 inches, and make sure it's preshrunk!)
- A piece of 1 inch thick elastic, around 7 or 8 inches long
- Coordinating thread (some of the seams will show in the back so be sure it matches well)

Steps:
1) Hold the elastic around your wrist and adjust it until it you find your desired size.  You do not need a seam allowance for the elastic so go ahead and cut it right where it meets.  Mine was about 7 inches long, but your length will vary depending on your wrist size and how loose you like to wear your bracelets.

2) Now you're going to cut you fabric.  You'll want to cut it 2 1/2 inches thick and about twice as long as your elastic.  I cut mine just under 14 1/2 inches long.

3) Fold your fabric in half, right sides together, and iron it flat.  Then sew together using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. 

4) Turn right side out.  The easiest way to do this is secure a safety pin to the top of the strip, shove it down inside, and work it through.  If you aren't familiar with this technique Ashley at Make It and Love It wrote an easy to follow tutorial on it.  Click here to go there.

5) Iron your bracelet flat.
6) We are going to use the same technique mentioned in step 4 to work the elastic into the bracelet.  Make sure to stop as soon as you get the elastic completely covered.  Do not continue to work it all the way through- the end without the safety pin should be near the opening of the bracelet like seen below.
7) Now you are going to sew the elastic to the headband. Adjust the elastic so it is just 1/4 inch inside the bracelet and sew right along the edge of the elastic like so:
8) Now that the elastic is secure on that side, continue working the safety pin through the bracelet until it emerges on the other side.  The fabric will begin to bunch, this is good, it makes it cuter :)  Adjust and sew the elastic on this side just like you did the other (1/4 inch inside the bracelet).

9) Fold the bracelet in half like so.  There are no right or wrong sides here so it doesn't matter which way you fold it. 
10) Sew the bracelet together.  You do not want your elastic to be in the seam this time so sew it right off the edge of the elastic like so:
Your bracelet will now look like this but all you have to do is iron your seams down inside (picture #2) and then. . .
but all you have to do is iron your seams down inside and then. . .
You have a beautiful finished product!

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29 comments:

  1. Cute! And pretty easy...would make a nice coordinating accessory for outfits with leftover fabrics.

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  2. Thank you for the tutorial! I've gotta make one (or 10) of these!
    {Rebekah}

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  3. seriously-that easy? wow! thanks!

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  4. This would be a great way to use up scraps! Not to mention have matching jewlery for your outfits!!

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  5. So cute! I bet these would look really get in smaller versions for my nieces

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  6. That is way too cute and WAY too easy! I could whip a couple of these out in a few minutes!!!

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  7. Jill, darling bracelet and thank you for sharing at the Boardwalk Bragfest. You do to have the return link to the party visible, however. Please indicate on your post that you are linking to the Boardwalk Bragfest until the party is over. Thank you!

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  8. Woo Hoo! What an adorable bracelet. Thanks for linking this tutorial to Woo Hoo! Wednesday and sharing with us.

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  9. Really cute! And child-proof too which makes me want to make one even more :).

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  10. So easy and pretty! Thank you for sharing this idea with us. Great job :)

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  11. How cute!! These are going on my "To Do List" for sure!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

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  12. This is a great idea! I love bracelets- they are such a great accessory.

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

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  13. What a great project! Thanks for showing us such a great step by step and for linking up to Be Inspired this week!

    Chelsea

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  14. So adorable and easy. Thanks for the great tutorial. I put the one I made on my blog today with a link to yours. Thanks again. :)
    http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2010/05/sew-something-saturday-fabric-bracelet.html

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  15. This is going in my stocking stuffers list. Thanks for the great tutorial/

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  16. Congrads! this link received the most views last week at the Whatever Goes Wednesday party at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. I will be featuring it today!

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  17. That's so cool! After reading through the tutorial it's very similar to making a garter. Love it!!

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  18. I love this. What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing. We will be featuring you on ziggycrafts.blogspot.com

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  19. Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

    Contact me here if you have a concern.

    Jane
    http://diylessons.org/

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  20. Such and easy and cute idea!

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  21. Love the idea... and will make some to put in the pockets of dresses that we make for girls in need around the world. What a sweet surprise for those little girls!!! http://sewdelightful.blogspot.com

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  22. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial.These bracelets are adorable and cute.

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  23. Made these in Christmas Colors and sewed small jingle bells to the outside when completed. Very cute. Decorated some with buttons and even put a soft patch on one for a little one. Very sweet! Thanks for the great idea.

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  24. Never saw this before, but 15 minutes after seeing it, I have one on my wrist. Had to use some lovely fabric left over from a bag, and hat for the summer. It is snowy here, but making summer things makes it better. Thanks for a great tutorial. It was super easy. Thankis for sharing.

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  25. Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I made several already. Thing is - they sort of look like scrunchies. LOL!

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  26. i have been making these since the 90's for my grand daughter I made them to match her deresses and scrunchies I used to make for school

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  27. Hi, thank you for sharing. Such a great tutorial! I posted your tutorial on my blog with a link back to your blog, hope it’s ok http://makeitandwearit.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/wear-it-on-your-hand.html
    Please write me if there is a problem makeandwear@gmail.com.
    Cheers!

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