Getting in touch with your craft everyday can be a challenge, but here is an easy and stylish fabric bracelet from Pat Sloan that also (yeah!) uses up extra fabric scraps and pieces of bias strips.. This is a great way to add some zip to your wardrobe or to give as a gift.
|Fabric bracelet by Pat Sloan|
- Fabric scraps for the bracelet
strips and cuff
- Yarn or rickrack (for a few of the
- Batting scraps (for inside the
- Beads and buttons
- 1 button with a shank
- Starch or basting glue
- Elastic hair band cut in half
1. For the cuff, cut 2 fabric rectangles 2 1/2" × 3" and 2 fabric rectangles 1 1/2" × 3". Fold the fabric under 1/4" on all 4 sides.
Starch works well, or you can glue-baste the sides down so they do not lift up. Prepare all 4 fabric rectangles in this manner.
2. Cut 1 batting rectangle 1 1/2" × 2" and 1 batting rectangle 1/2" × 2".
3. Take a string and measure your wrist; add at least 1/2" extra and cut the string. This will be the length of your bracelet.
4. Place a narrow folded-under rectangle on one end of the string and a wide folded-under rectangle on the other end of the string.
Measure the length of the string between the 2 rectangles and add 1". This is how long you will need to cut your strips of fabric.
|Braided bias fabric strips with button embellishment add to the fun.|
5. For the bracelet strips, cut 1"-wide strips of fabric. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press the fold.
Open the fold, and then fold each long edge in to meet the center fold line; press. Fold the strip in half once again along the center
fold, and topstitch down the length. Prepare approximately 9 strips. (You can substitute specialty elastics or trims for some of the strips, if you wish.)
6. To add glitter to a few strips, paint glue along the strips, sprinkle the glitter, and let dry.
7. If you wish to add beads or buttons to any of the strips, sew them on now.
8. Place a narrow folded-under rectangle wrong side up on your work surface. Arrange the strips so they're overlapping the width
of the rectangle (leave a margin along the far edge of the rectangle so the raw ends of the strips will not accidentally show beyond the folded edge). The strips can overlap, and they will extend from the long side of the rectangle. Glue-baste them so they do not shift during sewing.
9. Place the 1/2" × 2" batting rectangle on top, followed by the top fabric rectangle. Sew around the rectangle twice to secure the cuff and the strips. Add straight
lines of stitching (spaced 1⁄8" apart) along the length of the rectangle. This first rectangle is your button end.
10. Repeat step 8 with the wide rectangle at the opposite end. After glue-basting the strips,layer the remaining batting and fabric rectangles on top, being sure to insert the half-elastic for the loop closure between the layers; pin to hold temporarily.
11. Try on the bracelet to check the fit, and then sew around the cuff rectangle and add stitching lines to the width of the rectangle.
12. Add the button and enjoy!
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