Friday, February 25, 2011

Fabric and Wooden Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Here's a little bracelet I was playing around with the other day in an attempt to use up some scrap material ;) It turned out OK!

What you need:
  • Scrap fabric
  • Wooden beads
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Clasp
  • Short length of chain
  • Two jump rings

What to do:

First of all, sew a tube of fabric that is wide enough to slide your biggest bead through and long enough to go around your wrist. Check out Fabric and Bead Necklace Tutorial for how to do that bit.

Next, attach your clasp to a jump ring, and tie the jump ring onto the end of your embroidery thread.

Thread wooden beads onto your embroidery thread so that you have enough for the length of your fabric tube, leaving a largish gap between each bead. This actually ended up being too many beads - leave a bigger gap.

Add a bit of sticky tape to the other end of the embroidery thread so your beads don't slide off while you're doing the rest of the steps.

Slide the fabric tube over your beaded thread.

Using a running stitch to stitch embroidery thread around the end of the fabric tube. If you want the ends of the bracelet to look neater, fold the edge of the fabric tube inwards first. I don't mind the look of the raw fabric edge :) Of course, this won't last as long either.

Make sure the clasp is outside of the fabric tube and all the beads are inside, then pull the running stitch tight. Tie a knot to secure the end. A couple of knots if you want ;)

Push the first bead up to the clasp end of the tube as firmly to the end as you can. 

Now you have two options:

* Option One *
Don't snip the thread. Push the needle back into the fabric tube just below where you tied it off and push it back out just past the first bead.Wrap the thread around the outside of the fabric and knot it off. Repeat this for each bead in your bracelet.

* Option Two *
Snip the thread. Tie a knot just after the first bead. Knot it into place. Snip the thread and repeat for each bead in your bracelet.

Option two is pretty easy and fast, but you see the raw edges of the trimmed off knots. Option one is a neater finish. I kind of like the look of option two for this one, especially with the raw edges of the fabric showing.

To finish the bracelet, attach the short length of chain to the jump ring and tie the jump ring to the end of the beaded embroidery thread. 

Now repeat an earlier step - stitch a running stitch around the edge of the fabric tube, pull it tight and knot it off. Make sure the jump ring is outside of the fabric tube :) Trim all the loose threads and, if you want, attach a charm to the end of the extension chain.

Ta da!


NoNo's Odds n' Ends said...

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Following your blog! Please follow back!
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shannon said...

Looks beautiful!

Heavenly Savings said...

Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

superh2ogirl said...

Hiya! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I ADORE yours! Great necklace! I've always wanted to try one like this. Oh and thanks for the advice!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

This bracelet is so so so cute!!!!!! I want to try it. I totally have the beads for it. Now to just find some cute fabric.
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Volleysoft said...

SO cute! What an awesome idea!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Thank you everyone for the sweet comments! I'm going to check out all of your blogs now - fun!! :D

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Rissa, I think I might actually be able to do this! I love it! I am also enjoying your blog. I am your newest follower :D

Thanks for visiting my blog so I could find you!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

I'm sure you could Ricki! You should give it a go! ;) Your blog is so full of beautiful things! Thanks so much for stopping by mine!

southernscraps said...

Very pretty!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Thanks so much! :D

Melanie said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I have been wanting to make some jewelry like this. I am a new follower from Craft-O-Maniac. I would love it if you visited my blog!


Prairie Patch said...

Thank you for this tutorial. You make it look very simple - simple enough for me to do!

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