September 3, 2011

Another Bracelet Project

Behind the Seams:
My sketch of what Kayla wanted
      Last time I saw my friend Kayla, I promised her a bracelet like I made for Kelcie (check it out on the sewing projects page) for her birthday. Though her birthday was in May, I decided it was about time she got a present. :) Better late than never, right?
Reversible Bracelet, "inside" shown
       Anyway, we discussed what she wanted (length, color, snap or button, etc.) and I had it written down. It's been another while and I remembered I would see her for our first Project Runway viewing party at my house, so I finally got down to business and worked on it. She said she wanted an entirely monochromatic bracelet and realized she had no jewelry in purple yet, so that's the color we decided. Luckily, purple is one of my mother's favorite colors and I have been cutting up lots of t-shirts for other projects, so we have lots of purple scraps to work with at my house.


  • 1 scrap of fabric, roughly 7 inches long and 2 inches wide
  • 1 scrap of fabric, roughly 6 inches long
  • Buttons, color/size your choice
  • Thread, color your choice
  • The "outside" of the bracelet
  • closure (either a snap or button)
How to:
  1. Take 7"piece and put wrong side together and sew around 1 long and 1 short edge, leaving one side open to turn right side out.
  2. Tuck in raw edges and then topstitch sew around entire rectangle (1/8" seam)
  3. Pin 6 inch fabric to middle of rectangle/cuff
  4. Sew in crazy patterns and directions until you have a pleasing effect, changing color threads if you want a multi-colored look
  5. Sew on buttons in places that are lacking thread or in areas you want as your main design
  6. Sew on the snap or other type of closure, fitting it to your wrist

     This is a nice, simple project that doesn't take very long to work on and the end result is very pleasing (my opinion, of course). You can use scraps and come up with a variety of looks, which is cool. In this bracelet, I used the hemline of a t-shirt for the dark middle purple mixed with a print I bought at Hancock Fabrics a long time ago. Depending on how you do the stitching and what color/type of buttons you use, you can really change the look of the bracelet.  Also, try adjusting the width of the cuff from skinny to fat!

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