Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fabric Covered Bracelet Tutorial

The list is growing of people raising money for the She's Worth it! Campaign and this week we are inspiring you guys out there to make bracelets and zipper pouches. If you have questions about why we are doing this, please visit Andrea's page here.


I know this knot fabric covered bracelet isn't a new idea. In fact, this was the first item that I saw somewhere and thought to myself, "Hey! I can figure out how to make these on my own!" And I did. And I was proud and loved them and made them as necklaces for whoever wanted them in tons of different colors. The fact that I never did a blog post is kind of funny to me, but I didn't.

This is the first time I made them as bracelets, so there's room for improvement, but I will do the best I can in breaking it down for you, so you can make them and send them to Andrea to give them out for this cause, too! 

Here are some supplies you need in addition to fabric! 

5 wooden beads
2 -14inch ribbons
Tape
Strip of fabric 3.5 inches x 23inches
scissors
large safety pin

Cut your fabric. Fold your fabric in half and sew down one side.
Pin a large safety pin to one end and turn your fabric right side out. Or you can use a Fast Turn if you have one.

Tie a knot in the center.
Insert one bead and tie again.
Insert 3 more beads tying knots in between. For the final beads, follow these directions.
Put a piece of tape to one end of the ribbon to the wooden bead. Cut your ribbon at an angle and run some fire right over the end to prevent fraying. Be careful not to catch anything on fire!
Slip your bead inside and tie your last knot.
Now be careful to trim this tail down to about one inch. Fold under the raw edges.

Sew this down over the ribbon. Backstitching at the ends.
Repeat on the other side.

And you're done!
If you want just a knot, then only cut your ribbon about 10inches. I would have preferred a big pretty bow, but this is pretty cute in just a knot, too! As I said, I was working out the "bracelet" version kinks!

Let me know if you make one! You can post it to the DBS Flickr pool! I'd love to see them!

Donate $10 today to She's Worth it! to help women and children who have come out of Human Trafficking! You will make a difference by dontating just $10! You can find my donate button on the side bar. All the money (besides credit card fees) goes to this specific campaign! You can read all about it at She's Worth it! 

Go team MAKE for She's Worth it!