How to Make Fabric Bracelets

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Not only do your choices in clothing set you apart from the crowd, the accessories you choose to pair with said clothing also make a personal statement. Don't settle for what boutiques and department stores have to offer when it comes to jewelry; no accessory they have to offer will match your personal taste more than a piece you make yourself. Instead fashion your own bracelets with scraps of fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • 3 plain hair elastics
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2- 1-inch-wide ribbons
  • Lighter
  • 2- 1-inch D-rings

Braided Bracelets

  • Measure and cut three 4-by-12-inch pieces of cotton fabric. Fold each piece in half lengthwise with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Sew each piece lengthwise with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

  • Turn each fabric strip right side out through one of the open ends. Iron the pieces flat. Stack the three strips on top of each other, and them together along one of the short ends with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

  • Fan the three strips out. Braid the three strips by bringing the left strip over the center one, and the right over the new center strip. Repeat this left over center, right over center braiding until you reach the other end of the strips.

  • Stack the ends of the strips on top of each other just as the other ends are. Sew the ends together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Fold the braided piece in half, and sew back and forth over the ends three times with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn the bracelet right side out so the seam allowance is on the inside.

Fabric-Wrapped Bracelet

  • Measure and cut three 1-by-40-inch strips of fabric. Put a dot of hot glue on the inside of one of the hair elastics. Place the end of one of the strips of fabric in the hot glue.

  • Wrap the fabric strip around the hair elastic bringing it around the outside, and back through the center. Keep wrapping the fabric around the elastic this way overlapping the wraps 1/4 inch all the way around the elastic. Secure the other end of the fabric strip to the inside of the elastic with another dot of hot glue. Trim the fabric strip if necessary. Wrap the other two elastics with the other two fabric strips the same way.

  • Sew the three fabric-wrapped elastics together so when you wear them they stack up your wrist. Sew back and forth over the three elastics three times with a zig zag stitch.

Reversible Ribbon Bracelet

  • Measure and cut two 8-inch pieces of 1-inch-wide ribbon -- one from each ribbon. Heat the cut ends of the ribbon by bringing them close to the flame of a lighter. Hold the ends there until they begin to melt. This heat seals the ends so they don't fray.

  • Put the two pieces of ribbon together with the right sides facing out. Sew the two ribbons together along all four sides with an 1/8-inch seam allowance. Iron the ribbons to smooth the seams.

  • Thread one end of the ribbon through two 1-inch D-rings. Fold the ribbon over the straight side of the D-rings a 1/2-inch. Sew the folded over ribbon to the rest of the ribbon as closely to the D-rings as possible.

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