Fabric Art Bracelets in a Flash

Stitch up this fabric art bracelet fast.

cate pratoUh-oh. It's that time again. Time to make last-minute gifts out of supplies I already have in my studio.

Fortunately, I have just the right project: a Fabric Art Bracelet designed by Pat Sloan.

It requires only basic sewing skills, uses fabric scraps and basic notions, there are no fancy closures, and you can customize it pretty much any way you want.

Materials

  • Fabric scraps
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Yarn or rickrack
  • Batting scraps
  • Beads and buttons
  • 1 button with a shank
  • Starch or basting glue
  • Elastic hair band cut in half
  • Glitter glue (optional)

Directions

1. For the cuff, cut 2 fabric rectangles 2 1/2" x 3" and 2 fabric rectangles 1 1/2" x 3".  Fold the fabric under 1/4" on all 4 sides. Starch works well, or you can glue baste the sides down so they do not lift up. Prepare all 4 fabric rectangles in this manner.

2. Cut 1 batting rectangle 1 1/2" x 2" and 1 batting rectangle 1/2" x 2".

3. Take a string and measure your wrist; add at least 1/2" extra and cut the string. This will be the length of your bracelet.

Criss-crossing the strips gives the bracelet more
dimension when worn.

4. Place a narrow folded-under rectangle on one end of the string and a wide folded-under rectangle on the other end of the string. Measure the length of the string between the 2 rectangles and add 1". This is how long you will need to cut your strips of fabric.

5. For the bracelet strips, cut 1"-wide strips of fabric. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press the fold. Open the fold, and then fold each long edge in to meet the center fold line; press. Fold the strip in half once again along the center fold, and topstitch down the length. Prepare approximately 9 strips. (You can substitute specialty elastics or trims for some of the strips, if you wish.)

6. To add glitter to a few strips, paint glitter glue along the strips and let dry.

7. If you wish to add beads or buttons to any of the strips, thread them on now. If you want to get really fancy, hand embroider designs on the strips.

8. Place a narrow folded-under rectangle wrong side up on your work surface. Arrange the strips so they're overlapping the width of the rectangle (leave a margin along the far edge of the rectangle so the raw ends of the strips will not accidentally show beyond the folded edge). The strips can overlap, and they will extend from the long side of the rectangle. Glue baste them so they do not shift during sewing.

fabric art bracelet closure
A simple closure.

9. Place the 1/2" x 2" batting rectangle on top, followed by the top fabric rectangle. Sew around the rectangle twice to secure the cuff and the strips. Add straight lines of stitching (spaced 1/8" apart) along the length of the rectangle. This first rectangle is your button end.

10. Repeat step 8 with the wide rectangle at the opposite end. After glue basting the strips, layer the remaining batting and fabric rectangles on top, being sure to insert the half-elastic for the loop closure between the layers; pin to hold temporarily.

11. Try on the bracelet to check the fit, and then sew around the cuff rectangle and add stitching lines to the width of the rectangle.

12. Add the shank button and enjoy!

These fabric art bracelets are so easy to make, Pat demonstrated them on "Quilting Arts TV" Series 900 in just a few minutes. They are the perfect project to make for all the young women on my gift list. What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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Art to Wear, Blog, Fabric Art, Mixed-Media Jewelry

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