I’ve got another fashion project this week! Spring is really making me feel more motivated to add some more color to my wardrobe…but without overdoing it. I mostly like to stick with greys, blacks, purples, and greens but I thought I could start adding more colors in with some accessories. When I was spring cleaning my office I went through my fabric scraps and decided I wanted to do something with this weird abstract artsy yellow fabric I’ve had since 7th or 8th grade.
- Scrap piece of fabric
- Matching Thread
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Cut out a rectangle that is 2 1/2 in. tall by 7-9 in. wide. Depending on the size of your wrist, you also want there to be a little wiggle room. I have a 6 in. wrist and cut out a 7 1/2 in. rectangle just to be sure.
Step 2: Fold and pin your rectangle together longways with the right sides facing each other.
Step 3: Sew a straight stitch with a 1/4 in. inseam. Turn the tube inside out so the right side is outside again.
Step 4: I flattened out the tube so that the seam was in the middle of one of the two sides. I marked the middle of the tube with a pin and wrapped the tube around my arm to test where I need to sew the ends together.
Once I found that place I pined the bracelet and tried sliding it off and on to make sure that was still possible. I then trimmed off the excess, leaving about half an inch extra to account for my 1/4 inseam on both sides.
Then I placed more pins at regular intervals on the tube to mark where I’m going to gather.
Step 5: We’re going to be gathering small parts of the fabric bracelet to give it some texture/volume so set your sewing machine to straight stitch and your stitch length to a 4 or 5. Sew a straight line down where you have a pin, leaving a long thread tail on both ends.
Tie your thread at one end and pull firmly to crinkle your fabric, but not too tight or else you’ll snap a thread! Tie off when you get the level of gather you want.
Repeat with all of your gather lines until both sides of your bracelet look scalloped and adorable.
Step 6: Pin the short ends of the bracelet together and sew together with a straight stitch, a 1/4 in. inseam, and the stitch length left at 3-4.
Repeat the gathering technique with that seam to complete the bracelet.
I made these on a whim when messing around with scraps and I am now in love! Think of all the possibilities with cute fabrics and color coordinating with outfits. If you want to see other sewing projects check out my Craft Project Gallery, I seem to have more sewing ones than any other kind!
Til Next Time!