Anthro Weights and Measures Bracelet

I mentioned last week in the Anthro Astrid Coin Purse post that I have been enjoying Anthro’s new fall additions. They have some really sweet stuff.
They also have some odd stuff – but that’s what I love about Anthro. You can find a gorgeous pearl and linen bracelet, and a few clicks away stumble across a ceramic candle holder of woodland animals stacked up on top of each other.

There is a large part of me that wants to recreate this – just to do it.
To say that I made a stacked woodland animal candle holder and saved myself $698 ($698 – seriously?!?). I think a Rabbit-Riding-A-Sheep-Riding-A-Deer-With-Another-Deer-Riding-Along-Behind-Wearing-Candle-Holders-On-Their-Heads-Thing would be a fabulous addition to my mantle. What about you?

We’ll see.

But before we get too distracted by the Rustic Romp Taper Holder (Yes. They really called it that), let’s go back to that gorgeous pearl and linen bracelet shall we?
It’s one of the new things that just jumped off the page at me. Imagine a shining light and angels singing. Well maybe not, but it’s awfully pretty and I just love it.
Want to see?

Here is my version . . .

And here is Anthro’s!

Isn’t it great?? I love the combo of the pearls with the chains!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own.

• small amount of fabric (I used linen because I wanted something a little heavier than the chiffon they used)
• pearls (mine were 5mm and I used about 56. You’ll need more or less if use a different size of pearls)
• small chain – at least 88″ (the smaller the chain, the easier the bracelet will be to tie)
• needle and matching thread

Begin by cutting out the fabric for the bracelet. You’ll need one long piece 2 1/2″ x 15″ and 2 smaller pieces 2″ x 5″.
About 3″ from each end of the longer piece, trim the ends so they come to a point.

Find the centers of the long piece and one of the shorter pieces. Line them up with the shorter piece on the back of the longer piece.
Tuck the ends under and pin them. This will stabilize the area that you sew the pearls to.

On the front of this section, draw out with a disappearing ink marker the lines that you are going to sew your pearls on. Stay 1/2″ away from the edge, this will be part of the hem.

Begin sewing down your strands of pearls. Add the pearls for each row to your thread and sew them down.

Sew down the strand between each pearl also. This will help the strand lay flat.

Continue to fill up the center section with rows of pearls.

Working on the back side of the bracelet, turn the raw edges over in 2 tiny folds and hand sew down to create a hem.

Continue working your way around the bracelet until both sides are hemmed.

Now we’re going to work on the chain. Cut the short pieces for the sides next. You’ll need 24 – 2″ pieces.

Lay out a longer piece of chain (at least 20″) to begin sewing down the long side of the bracelet. Start sewing the chain to the bracelet 2″ from the end of the chain.

As you sew this long piece down, you’re going to add in the short pieces. There are 6 short pieces of chain on each end of the bracelet, on both sides.
Hopefully that made sense. ;)
Sew these on well because they will have the most stress placed on them when you tie the bracelet.

Evenly space out these shorter pieces and sew them on as you go, working your way down the side of the bracelet.

When you get to the other end of the bracelet, cut the chain so there is a 2″ piece that extends past the end of the fabric.

Repeat for the other side of the bracelet.

And that finishes off your super cute new knockoff!!

To wear, just knot the ends loosely!
(I have found after wearing this for a whole day, 1) That I absolutely LOVE it, and 2) it really helps to have someone else knot it onto your wrist. Because there are chains in the knot, it comes undone easily if it is tied on too loosely.)

Isn’t it fun? I really like how it turned out. I hope you do too. :)

And who knows? There may be a stacked animal candle holder in our future. It’s awfully hard to resist. :)

(This tutorial was originally shared over at Sew Homegrown – minus a couple updates and my candleholder ramblings.)

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54 Comments

  • Reply August 23, 2011

    Erin

    This is Gorgeous! I want to make something similar for my wedding. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply August 24, 2011

    Jennifer

    LOVE this bracelet and thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely be trying this out soon.

  • Reply August 25, 2011

    gail

    This bracelet looks gorgeous being worn!!! (I have to say just looking at it doesn’t do it for me though) I’m so glad you took a picture of it on. Super Job!
    “catching” you this week!
    gail

  • Reply August 25, 2011

    amy

    Love this!! more than the original, actually! i might have to try this. thanks for the idea!! amy

  • Reply August 30, 2011

    Heartspell

    Awesome!!

  • Reply September 17, 2011

    AmoraLynn

    Oh this has become one of my new favorite sites….love so much.

  • Reply October 14, 2011

    Terry

    Wow, I am impressed! I loved it so much I had to make one. I finished it tonight but haven’t been able to try it on as I’m home alone. (My dogs don’t tie very well.)

    Your directions are fantastic, but I have to say I cheated. Hand sewing is not my strong suit so I used an old white pillow case and cut out one of the large pieces from your pattern. I then sewed it by machine, right sides together leaving about a 3″ opening to turn it. I then whip stitched the opening and sewed on the chain.

    So far I’m thrilled with the results. Thank you so much for making this tutorial. I love the bracelet and would not have attempted it without your help. I am thinking of making one for my niece.

    Sorry but I am new at these blogs and don’t know how to post a picture.

    Thanks again,
    Terry

  • Reply November 3, 2011

    Ruby

    Thanks for sharing. I love that bracelet!

    Girlfriends Are Like Shoes

  • Reply February 10, 2012

    Dawn

    Your tutorial was great. I gave it to my daughter and she loved it. I went to the thrift store and bought a lightweight linen blouse and cut it from that (it was half price day too). It turned out so cute!! Thank you.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    lima

    Totally love it, thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    I linked it in a serie I’m writing for my blog (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.it/2012/04/diy-from-head-to-toe-6-spring-edition.html#more), hope you don’t mind!

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Becky blaine

    Love love love your ideas!!! I am a closet crafter. I do hair for a living. I write about what life behind the chair is like for fun. Would you be willing to link us together for hair accessories? If you are let me know. I can do a post on some cute hair bands I have done. Your readers might like to settle down with a cup of coffee while they hand sew some beads and read hair and people stories out of the eye they aren’t using…. Hairdressers and crafters can multi task like no other… LMK,
    The redhead

  • Reply July 24, 2013

    garima

    love this….sooo beautiful!!
    http://www.daybydaycreation.blogspot.com

  • Reply July 28, 2013

    martha

    Marvelous work..thanks so much for the Tutorial:)

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