Romantic Ruffled Bracelet

With Valentine’s Day around the corner I decided I needed some new jewelry.
Yes. It’s a weak excuse but I’m using it. :)

I wanted something that was girly and romantic, but something that could be worn year round.
I love the combination of cream, tan, and white together and it’s been a while since I’ve made a bracelet.  – here is what I came up with.

I found the inspiration for this bracelet at Ann Taylor Loft and their Stretch Corsage Bracelet.

Mine has raw edges and is a little more casual – cotton, linen and pearls rather than satin and rhinestones.

Awww. So romantic. ;)

Ready for a tutorial?

Here’s what you’ll need.

• fabric for bracelet – 2 1/4″ x 36″ piece
• fabric or ribbon for flower portion
• beads or pearls and small piece of chain
• 27″ of 3/8″ elastic
• snaps

Start with your pieces for the bracelet. A great way to get straight raw edges is to tear your fabric. Make a small slit near the edge of your fabric and tear the small strip off. This will be your first edge. Then measure 2 1/4″ over and tear your fabric. You will end up with a long straight strip with raw edges. Nice and easy!

Cut 2 strips 18″ long out of the strip you just tore.

Lay your strips together and sew a seam 1/4″ away from each raw edge.

Sew two more seams 5/8″ away from the outside seams.

Cut three pieces of elastic, each 9″ long. This should fit around your wrist comfortably with about 1″ overlap. If you need to, adjust the measurements of your elastic.

Pin a small safety pin to one end of a piece of elastic. Feed the elastic through the top casing by pulling on the safety pin, but stop feeding it through when the other end of the elastic is just past the raw edge of the fabric.

Sew a small seam right inside the edge of the top casing only. You should not be sewing over the elastic. It should be just on the other side of the seam.
Move the needle over and sew a second seam, using your presser foot as a guide along the first seam. This should sew down the elastic. Repeat a third time.

Pull the elastic the rest of the way through the casing, and sew the three seams on the other edge.

Repeat with the other two casings and the remaining pieces of elastic.

For the snaps, I used Colored Snaps. Which were white. ?
To put them in you need to buy a little plastic tool that is sold seperately.
I was worried about this part – but it was sooooo easy.

Just follow the instructions and place the snaps in the tool, with the fabric between them.
Put a towel down to protect your floor.

Hammer the snap in place.  Ta da! Super easy.

Put all four snaps in. The two on the right side should face down and the two on the left should face up.

For the flower part of the bracelet I used 1 1/2″ strips of linen. I folded them so that they resembled a flower, with folds that were gradually smaller towards the center.

I don’t have pictures of the process because it took me several times to get it the way I liked it. Just keep folding and trying different layouts until you get your flower layers the you want.

Sew on your beads, pearls and chain. I tried to keep the larger pearls towards the center, the smaller beads towards the outside.

Swirl a small piece of chain in an “S” shape around a few of the larger beads.

Sew your flower piece to the outside of the gathered bracelet piece.

All done!! What do you think?

I’m in love with it.
Which is handy since it’s my Valentine’s Bracelet. :)

70 Comments

  • Reply February 14, 2011

    Terrell

    Sew adorable!!! I need one! Now…just to find the few to sit down and make me one up! I’m for sure keeping this tutorial! Thank you sooo much for sharing it, Bev!!
    Happy hugs to you,
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  • Reply February 24, 2011

    Sara

    That is so great! I wish I knew how make the flower part! I am so challanged that way! Great work, I am so impressed! I just found your blog and have fallen in love! I am enjoying your creativeness and great personality! Thanks for all you’re doing! Keep it up!

  • Reply March 27, 2011

    karina

    I made one from old ACU’s (army uniform). I used the bottom from the pants to pretty up the flower.

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y279/voyageintotrance/DSC00201.jpg

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y279/voyageintotrance/DSC00200.jpg

  • Reply July 19, 2011

    Chelsea

    Wow sew cute! I would love to try this out. I like better than inspiration you got it from. I hope this is easy enough for me.

  • Reply July 19, 2011

    Chelsea

    You are totally awesome! Make more tutorials!

  • Reply September 16, 2011

    Audrey

    You have some seriously awesome tutorials. I’m pinning everything! Thanks for the inspiration and know-how!

    Audrey @ lonelypaperdesigns.com

  • Reply March 24, 2012

    Anna Baria

    I had some wide elastic, that is already ruffled, that I was going to use as a waistband on a skirt and made a quick flower and stuck it on to see if that worked, I’m very pleased with it!
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.201848983257275.40295.157191711056336&type=1&l=37ecea3377

  • Reply July 20, 2012

    Liz Fox

    I posted a couple of the pictures of this incredible bracelet on my blog at http://www.lizjfoxdesign.com and directed pointed readers to your blog for the tutorial. I’m just getting started, so I hope that’s ok. You are so creative I want people to know about you. Liz

  • Reply August 2, 2012

    lindaloo

    I think this is so creative and easy to do. I will do this with my 8 yr old granddaughter. She will love it and make one for her best friend, I’m sure!!

    • August 2, 2012

      Liz Fox

      Be sure and post when you do!

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