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« on: April 05, 2013 12:51:09 AM »

Beautiful Bangles *TUTORIAL*

What you'll need:

- Plastic cold drink bottle - cylindrical shape
- Sharp scissors to cut through the plastic
- Double sided scrapbooking tape
- A needle and thread
- Thin batting (wadding)
- Fabric - preferably something that doesn't fray too much
- Scissors for cutting the fabric and batting
- Some sequence and beads for decoration

Here's what you do:

1. Remove the sticker/wrapper from the plastic bottle and give the bottle a wash.

2. Decide how broad you want your bangle to be. The batting is going to add some thickness so remember to take this into account.

3. Next you are going to cut your bangle.

It's easier cutting the bottle from the inside - like this:

As opposed to cutting it from the outside:

4. You now have a strip of plastic which is going to form the base of your bangle. Measure it around your wrist making sure that it can fit over your hand. Make it slightly looser as the wadding layer is going to slightly restrict the size and leave a slight overlap. Using a little piece of double sided tape - stick the edges together into a bangle shape.

5. Next cut your wadding. You need to cut it double the width of the plastic strip and long enough to fit around the bangle completely. Run a strip of double sided tape  right down the centre.

6. Remove the backing paper and stick the wadding around the bangle.

It should now look like this:

7. Next you need to wind some cotton thread around the bangle to secure the wadding in place.

8. Add another layer of wadding and repeat step 7.

9. We are going to add one more layer of wadding to smooth everything out. This time we are going to sew it together instead of winding cotton thread around it.

It should now look like this:

10. Now we are going to add some colour!  Wink

Cut a strip of fabric big enough to cover your bangle - remembering to include a slight overlap. Wrap the fabric around your bangle, and stitch the short edges together (seam) using invisible ladder stitch.

Here's a tutorial on how to do invisible ladder stitch:

11. Now for the most difficult part. You need to secure the fabric to the bangle using overhand stitch. Try and stitch as neatly as you can.

12. You're almost done! Embellish your bangle by sewing some beads and sequence to it.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
« Last Edit: April 05, 2013 12:54:43 AM by katara » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013 12:56:03 AM »

One of those "why didn't I think of that myself" ideas  Grin Fantastic! Thank you so much, I can never get bangles that fit over my big hands  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2013 05:10:51 AM »

These are very clever and so pretty. Thank you for the tutorial. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013 06:22:50 AM »

I really like these because one of the reasons I do not wear bracelets is that I can't stand the jingling sound!  These would be "quiet" bangles! Cheesy

Very pretty, katara!  And thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2013 07:11:37 AM »

cute! We all have plastic around the house and I have more than enough fabric too!!  Smiley

I have made bangles like that, but used papiermache and napkins to cover the plastic ring. When it was completely dry, I could remove the ring and smooth the edges. When you use a different colour with the second layer, it makes it more interesting.
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2013 07:21:51 AM »

Lovely!  And clever!  And thorough!

« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2013 11:47:37 PM »

Thank you all for the compliments! Smiley

« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2013 05:08:07 PM »

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try it!
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2013 11:01:51 AM »

Wow, what a cool idea!  I love the repurposing of the bottles to make these bracelets!  Its cool that you don't have to go out and buy anything fancy to make these!  Such an awesome idea!

« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013 10:29:24 PM »

i love that you recycle plastic drink bottles into jewelry with this! pop bottles can be used to make very nice suncatcher window decorations or garden decorations too, i saw someone selling them at a craft fair. all kinds of ideas are running through my head right now sparked all from the fact that you used plastic bottles! Thanks for getting my brain going and creative juices flowing!

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