I know I’m not the only one who has a ridiculous amount of fabric scraps laying around. I took some of my favorite scraps from past projects and turned them into bracelets. These are so cute, and a fun way to display some of your most loved fabrics that you couldn’t bear to part with and have hoarded their small remnants.
- Woven fabric scraps
- Fusible interfacing
- Jewelry pinch crimp clamps, jump rings, and clasp OR 1 snap set
- Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
- Optional but helpful: pinking shears and pliers
The jewelry clamps I have are 3/4″ wide, so I made all of the bracelets that width. If you use larger or smaller clamps, you will adjust the width of the fabric to match. The steps for making these with a snap closure will be the same up until attaching the closure to the fabric.
- Measure the width of your jewelry crimp (mine is 3/4″)
- Add 1/2″ to the width of the jewelry crimp to determine the total width to cut your fabric.
- If you are choosing a snap closure, you can choose any width you’d like, just make sure it’s at least as wide as your snap. Once you determine your final width, add 1/2″ to that measurement.
- To find the length of the fabric, measure around your wrist and add a little extra.
- For a snap bracelet, add 1″- 2″ to have extra room to overlap the ends.
- Mine: 3/4″ crimp + 1/2″ = 1 1/4″ wide x 6″-7″ long.
Cut Your Fabric
- Cut two strips of fabric to your determined dimensions.
- BONUS: If you are making the jewelry clamp option, you can use two different fabrics and make reversible bracelets!
- For your interfacing, it will be the same width as your jewelry crimp and the same length as your fabric strip. Mine: 3/4″ wide X 6″-7″ long.
- Snap option: cut the interfacing to your chosen finished width for your bracelets (which is 1/2″ narrower than the fabric) and the same length as the fabric.
Time to Sew
- Lay out both of your fabric strips wrong sides up.
- Center the interfacing on the fabric – you should have 1/4″ of fabric on either side of the interfacing.
- Iron on the interfacing per the instructions for your particular brand/type.
- With the wrong sides and interfacing still facing up, fold the 1/4″ from each side of the fabric in towards the interfacing and press.
- Keeping the edges folded in, stack the two strips on top of each other with wrong sides together.
- Pin along both edges.
- Sew along each pinned side with a straight stitch using a 1/8″ seam allowance.
- Use pinking shears to trim each end to keep the fabric from fraying.
- Press well when finished.
Attaching the closure:
Jewelry crimp clamp option:
- On one end of the band, slide the fabric into the clamp opening, then use your fingers, pliers, etc to squeeze both sides together so that the teeth are holding the fabric tightly.
- Add a jump ring onto the end loop of the clamp, then slide a clasp onto the ring as well and close the ring.
- Wrap the band around your wrist to check the size and cut off any excess if needed.
- Attach the other crimp clamp on the opposite end of the band, then 1-2 jump rings depending on your preference.
- On the end of the band that will be on the top when overlapped, mark your placement for the snap.
- Follow the instructions from your snaps to install the top snap (the part that is smooth on the back.)
- Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and mark on the opposite end for the placement of the other side of the snap.
- Install the other half of the snap.
That’s it! You have a great new way to use up your favorite fabric scraps and get to show them off!
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