I don't know where the idea came from. I think I was just experimenting.
It's girly, has bling, yet is still sophisticated.
Here's what you need:
-one sheet of felt (any color you choose)
-your favorite lace trim (enough to wrap your wrist once)
-needle and thread that matches your felt
-variety of beads, small charms, old jewelry pieces, costume jewelry rings
-elastic (it would look best if it matched your felt, but I've only seen elastic in black, white and ivory)
First, lay your lace trim long ways across the felt piece. I pinned it in place and then trimmed the felt with just a smidge of excess on the edges.
Take the long piece of felt and lace and wrap it around your wrist. I like to leave about an inch space between the two ends when I wrap it around. This way I can have room for the elastic and any give it may need. Trim off the excess.
Save this excess, you will use it later!
With your threaded needle, start at the back and stitch the lace onto the felt. It helps if your thread matches the felt and the lace has big holes like the one I choose. That way, your stitches will nearly be invisible.
I followed the pattern of the felt all the way across. The pin definitely helps with sliding.
Just do the same on the other edges of the lace trim.
Next arrange your bling and beads and charms how you would like them.
The big jeweled piece is from a costume jewelry store nearby and it was $1.50. I love these rings because the back comes off so easily and you can use it for tons of other projects.
One light twist with my pliers and it was off!
Since the jeweled piece has no backing now, I glued it on with E6000. This is amazing glue.
[SIDE BAR] If there is one thing I advocate in your craft stash, it's a wide variety of glues and adhesives. You can just do so much with them!
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I stitched on the rest of the pearls, bead and charm. Try keeping it in the center of the bracelet because that is the part that shows the most. Just a little collage of beautiful things.
You could decorate this with a cameo or a pendant or do small collage with colorful beads. The choice is yours! My friend loves art deco and the curves of the jeweled piece and the black, gold, and bronze colors really evoke that sophisticated style.
Next, pick a side and stitch on your button. Don't let too much hang over the head edge or you run the risk of snapping the button at some point in your usage. I would suggest putting the button and elastic on so it coincides with whatever hand you use to put your bracelets on. It can be kinda difficult for a lefty to fasten something that's built for a righty (is that what you call right-handed people?).
Trim some elastic to about three inches long. Fold it in half and place the two ends on the back side of the felt on the end opposite the button. I'd leave about inch long loop. You may have to play around with this to get it right for your wrist.
Glue (with your fabric glue) a big blob and take a the remaining piece of felt from the length you cut and place a piece, wide enough to cover the elastic, over the glue. Now the fabric glue will bleed through the felt, but it dries clear and unnoticeable.
I have also found that it's not the sturdiest with the felt, so I like to go back with my E6000 glue and fill in the spots where the felt sticks up. I could probably just start with the E6000 glue, but I like to use both. I'm weird.
Another option would be to stitch the elastic and extra piece of felt. If you can do it and hide your stitches, then stitch away!! This is just a bit of a faster way that I chose.
Let the glue completely dry. (And I mean, completely!) and there you have it.
A swanky, girly bracelet fit for a boutique. :)
Again, feel free to experiment with colors and beads and charms. It doesn't have to be the black and white like I chose. Felt and lace come in so many colors!
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