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« on: January 30, 2011 04:07:26 AM »

After making some bib necklaces out of felt that I covered with fabric scraps I kinda fell for jewelry made of fabric.

My latest projects are bracelets made of felt, covered with fabrics scraps again and decorated with charms, beads, lace, ruffles....

Edit: Here's the tutorial =)
You'll need:
- felt
- fabric scraps
- iron-on adhesive (I used "Vliesofix")
- press studs or other closure
- decoration

The width of your bracelet is optional, mine are 4cm wide. For the length you need your wrist measurement+2cm for the closure.
The shape is up to you, I made the ends a bit smaller and round.
Prepare your shape on paper, cut it out and cut a rectangle from your fabric shape that fits the bracelet's size:

Cut the same rectangle from your iron-on adhesive and press it onto the left side of your fabric.

Peel off the paper from the adhesive, place you fabric rectangle onto the felt (the glue side facing the felt, of course) and press.
Use your paper pattern to cut out the bracelet from your fabric-and-felt-sandwich.

To combine the two layers (the adhesive won't last forever) and stop the fabric from fraying use a zig zag stitch to sew around the whole bracelet.
If you use a small stitch length (<1) and a pretty large stitch width you'll get a pretty border with hardly any fabric showing (or none at all)

Now it's time to decorate the bracelet - you can use whatever you like =)
For this bracelet I used a lace heart and a little bead.

Sew your press stud to the ends of the bracelet:

And you're done =)

You can skip the iron-on adhesive if you don't have or want to buy any, it's possible to pin the fabric to the felt. The adhesive makes it much easier, though.
You can also use simple buttons, hooks&eyes or decorative lacing as a closure, make the bracelet shorter and add chain...

Please note that this tutorial is for private use only. Make those bracelets for yourself, as gifts, for swaps, but please DON'T SELL THEM. Thanks  Grin
« Last Edit: January 31, 2011 01:02:50 AM by Miaka » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011 05:08:43 AM »

Oh, they're really pretty - I love the first one with the butterfly hanging from the wire, and the black and white one Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011 07:27:08 AM »

Gorgeous! I love the steampunk butterfly and... well, I love them all!

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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011 07:43:30 AM »

Love these!!! Would you consider doing a tutorial? My daughter would love to make these with me.
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2011 09:52:52 AM »

i love the black and white one. They are done really well... great job Grin
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011 11:27:12 AM »

LOVE them! *ROCKS* I'm going to attempt to make my own... if you don't post a tute lol

« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011 01:04:19 AM »

Thank you for your comments =)
I've actually made a tutorial for them already, but it's German... I translated it and posted in the first post of this thread. If you find any mistakes or don't understand parts of it please tell me, I had to look up quite a lot of words and don't know if the translation makes sense xD

« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011 05:49:36 AM »

The translation seems almost perfect to me!

I love the bracelets, I will definitely have to try it.

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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011 04:18:51 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial! I love the little black and white stripey one, its so cute! I'm definatly going to be trying these out when I get home from work.
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2011 09:56:10 PM »

Thank you for the tutorial!  Theses are fantastic.  You did a fabulous job!

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