Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fabric Bracelet Tutorial

During my last post I promised a tutorial on how I made some bracelets that were in the photograph.  Some of you thought they were knitted, but there not, they are made using fabric.
You guys are going to be amazed a how cheaply you can make these for!  You only need three things and a pair of scissors.  Rope that you can get at the local do-it-yourself store, fabric and a glue gun!  Yep, that's it.
Hmm, I wonder how many bracelets I can get out of this?!?
First, I cut the rope the length I wanted to make my bracelets (8 1/2 inches).  Glue the ends together using the glue gun.  I tried three other types of glue first and none of them held.  
I TORE the material into about 1/4 - 1/2 inch strips.  I did this by cutting the fabric about 1/2 inch down and then tearing the fabric instead of cutting all the way down.  That gives you the frayed edge.  I pulled some of the long threads out and cut some of the others just to clean it up a bit.
Start wrapping the fabric around the rope, overlapping so none of the rope is visible.  If you come to the end of the fabric strip be sure to glue it in place using the glue gun.  Start another strip of fabric by gluing the beginning of that strip down.  End by cutting any excess material away and using the glue gun, glue the end down.
The bracelets below I made using some of the $1.00 bracelets that I picked up at Michael's.  They are about 1 1/2 inch wide.

This last bracelet I cut two pieces of the rope the same length, glued them at the end then glued them together to make a wider bracelet.  It doesn't look too bad.

Let me know if you make any of these.  It was fun thinking this up.  I got the inspiration from the cloth wrapped clothes hangers that I made - the inspiration for those came from pinterest.  This just goes to show that you can find an idea on pinterest and make it your own, coming up with a different project with the same core idea.



Di said...

Fabulous Kay! Love these and am sure they will sell :)

Postman called yet? :(

Love, Di xx

Annie said...

Those are really fab Kay.
I was facinated to see me down in your live traffic feed as being in Chester, Cheshire.....I'm a long way from there and I've checked my location on google on our computer and it's correct [Shrewsbury, Shropshire] so isn't that weird? Don't believe everything you see :-)
A x

Redanne said...

Wow Kay, how inventive of you, they are absolutely brilliant and I bet they sell like hot cakes! I am going to add these to my 'must do' list which is growing ever longer...... Crafty hugs, Anne x

Brenda Brown said...

Glad you have shown this step by step Kay, something I would like to have a go at.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Hugs Brenda xox

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Great tutorial! I'm sure they'll sell well - Good Luck!

Connie said...

My dear sweet Kay, My face always lights up with a big smile when I see that you have visited. Thanks for the lovely compliment on my gourd art. I am a little bit proud of it :)

These bracelets are WONDERFUL!!! You said they were easy . . . but this is simply outstanding. I can not wait to make some. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this homespun look :)

Have an absolutely marvelous autumn day (your weather may not change that much, I'm not sure), but whatever the weather be happy, you sweet and lovely friend.
Your blogging sister, Connie

peggy aplSEEDS said...

the bracelets look great! the prints you used are so pretty!

Ann B said...

Thanks for the tutorial - always good to see something new.
Hope Kate dog is feeling a little better this morning - give her a hug from Sorrel.
Ann B
PS - didn't realise I wasn't 'following' - sorted that out now.

Craftychris said...

These are so cool! thank you for the tutorial xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

How fun! I haven't made them but they look totally fun and cool.

Minxy said...

I absolutely loved the look of these on your desk the other week, and now love them even more, so easy and so pretty, thanks for sharing the how to xx

Connie said...

Hi Kay, I have cloth-line rope on by grocery list. can't wait to try this :)

In regard to the comment you left:
Wow!!! I had no idea. I thought that New Mexico was a winter warm spot. You're way up in the mountains, aren't you? You just might have snow before us. Have a lovely day. Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Sian said...

These are gorgeous! My daughter is looking for ideas for Christmas presents for her friends and I think a few of these would fit the bill perfectly. Thank you.

Anne said...

Fabulous ideas Kay thanks for sharing how you made these. Happy WOYWW Anne x #146

SandeeNC said...

That is so cool Kay, I just love them!! You are so darn creative! Has the weather cooled off any for you yet? It has here, we went straight from summer weather to Fall, no pussy footing around! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Di,

I did not sell one of my bracelets! Not even the knitted ones. Kinda weird...... say, any catch your eye?

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

This is adorable. So much fun!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Great idea. Great use for leftover fabric scraps.

fabric printing companies said...

Adorable work! I remember when I used to do anklets and some wristbands made out of the same kind of fabric, it was really fun and productive use of my time. Interesting ideas!