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?
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.)