The Best DIY Bracelets
2.27.12

Over the winter, I have been collecting as many Fair Isle sweaters as possible whenever I manage a trip to the thrift store. I love the chunky feel and bright colors – even if they are worn or moth eaten. I bring them home and have been incorporating them into my latest projects.

I put together these super soft bangles and thought I would share a little step by step. These are so easy and a perfect accessory to finish out the chillier winter months and bring us into spring!

You will need:

  • An old or thrifted sweater
  • Bracelet form
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Needle and yarn or thread

Simply cut a rectangle that is long enough to fit around the bracelet form. Mine was ten inches around the outside and I ended up cutting it down to nine inches to allow for stretch, but all sweaters stretch differently so play with the size a bit – cut it wide enough to allow for sewing down the edges a bit. Again, I really just eyeballed this thing and once the rectangle fit pretty well. I sewed about 1/4 inch seams on each side and then sewed the whole thing together inside out at each end.

Then I slipped the sweater over the bracelet and used a needle and yarn to hand sew the sweater closed. You could alternately use glue and just glue the sweater down, but I wasn’t really feeling like fussing with glue on this – if I did use glue, I would have used Fabritac, my personal favorite!

And that is it! Simple and quick – a fun little piece to brighten up these long winter days.


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