Gathered Fabric Bracelet

March 21, 2015RaChil Luke

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.

This project is a great stash buster and is pretty quick once you get the gathering method down. Make some cute fabric spring bracelets by following the tutorial below!



  • Scrap piece of fabric
  • Matching Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

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!


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