Aug 13, 2013

5 Minute DIY | Fabric Wrapped Bracelets


 A few simple materials and about five minutes is all you need to create a new fashion accessory. I first taught this project at Unique LA a few months ago (pictures here) and everyone loved them, because they are so simple and quick to make. Make a bunch and stack 'em up for your own set of colorful arm candy!


For this tutorial, I used a wire hanger as the base of my bracelet, because I like to upcycle items around the house whenever I can, but you can also use floral wire or a bangle. I bought the fabric from a fabric store, but if you've got an old blouse in the back of your closet, this might be a great way to give it a second life!

Follow the steps below to make your own.


Materials:
Thin wire hanger (you can also use an 18 gauge floral wire)
1 yard of fabric strip (about 1 inch wide)
Wire cutters
Scissors


Steps:
Using wire cutters, cut off the bottom of the hanger. The thinner the wire hanger is, the easier it will be to cut. Alternatively, you can use floral wire if you have any trouble cutting or bending the hanger.
Bend the wire to form a round bangle shape.
Tuck in the ends of the wire. Use wire cutters to help bend them if you have trouble bending the ends by hand.
Grab the fabric strip and tie one end onto the bracelet, leaving about 2 inches hanging.
With the longer end of the fabric, begin wrapping it around the bracelet until the wire is covered.
Tie the end of the fabric to your original knot and cut off any excess fabric.


Make a bunch and stack 'em up! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all my new DIY projects.



16 comments:

  1. This is such a fun idea! I have to try this! I really love all of the fabrics you chose. xx. McKenna Lou

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  2. Excellent idea !!!!!!
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  3. So smart. And they are adorable!! Love these Natalie!

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  4. OMG what a pretty Bracelets. This is my first time to this site but my friend has told me about your work and you are very very good!
    Wrap bracelets

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  5. This is such a smart idea, and they're so pretty! :) xx

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  6. Excellent! Very pretty!

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  7. Such a cute idea! These are so fun!

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  8. OMG what a pretty idea, its easy to make. This is my first time to this site but my friend has told me about your work and you are very very good!
    Wrap Bracelets

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  9. Wow I love these, might have to make myself a whole set. My nieces would love them too. Also a great way to use up fabric scraps which is a bonus as I have a lot of these. Thanks for sharing.

    Zoe
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  10. Thank you so much for this tutorial!!!! I thought you might like to see how mine turned out. ;-)
    http://stephcupoftea.blogspot.com/2014/01/diy-bangle-bracelets.html

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    1. Steph, they turned out great! And how cute are those doll bracelets?!?! Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. How do you keep them from being very frayed? Loving them as valentines gifts for my sons preschool teachers!!!

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    1. You can try using a different type of fabric. Look for fabric made out of rayon/lycra...it's like the stretchy jersey material. If not, you can trim off the edges once you're done wrapping...that should help a little. Good luck!

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