Anthro Knockoff Fori Bracelet

Ok – so this is really more of an “inspiration” than a “knockoff”.

What’s the difference you ask?
Well – let me ‘splain.
No there is too much.
Let me sum up.
(10 points for the movie reference)

To me – a knockoff is as close to the original as you can make it. You want that same color chain, the same fabric or design, you wish you could afford the real thing but you can’t – so you made it yourself.
An inspiration is more of a “hey – I like the idea behind that. But not so much the color and way they did it – so I’m going to make it my way”.

These are just my thoughts and obviously are subject to change depending on mood or crafting budget.
So all that rambling is to say – I liked the Anthro Fori Bracelet – but I wanted mine to look a little different!

Here’s my version of the Anthropologie Fori Bracelet:

I love how it turned out! It’s kind of fun and vintage-y looking!

And here’s Anthro’s version – valued at $118!!:

So here’s the inspiration part. I wanted to use fabric instead of the nylon webbing they used. That’s the beauty of a making your own though – you get to make it the way you want it!!

Ready to get started?
This is quick and easy!
(And would make a fab Mother’s Day gift – it’s just around the corner!!)

Materials:
9″ x 3″ piece of fabric
Piece of webbing/belt/stabilizer – 5″ x 1″
2 small D rings
Lobster Closure
2 jump rings
Beads and rhinestones for decoration
Optional charm for decoration

Start by sewing your fabric in half, long ways, right sides together.

Turn the fabric tube right side out. Press the seam open and in the center of the tube.
Cut a piece of webbing or stabilizer and slip it into the fabric tube. I used a piece of an old belt of my sons.

Center the webbing in the fabric tube. Tuck the open ends of the fabric in, then slip each end through a D ring.
Fold the fabric to the back side, with the seam, and sew across each opening. Your fabric piece should measure about 6″ without the D rings.
This will fit an average size wrist. Check your measurement before you sew on your wrist and adjust the folded sections larger or smaller if you need to.

Decide the layout of your beads and stones. (All of mine came from Michael’s) Begin with the center and start sewing on your beads.

Continue sewing on your pieces, working to one side of the center until you have half the bracelet covered.

Sew on the rest of your beads to finish out the bracelet top.

Add your bracelet closure to the D Rings. You can also add a pretty charm or bead to the closure for a little fun.

(If you don’t want to do the lobster closure thing, you could tie the D Rings closed around your wrist with a pretty length of ribbon or lace too!)

And your bracelet is finished!!

It’s lightweight and will go with pretty much any outfit – dressy or casual!

I hope you like it!

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(This was originally a guest post at Oopsey Daisy)

85 Comments

  • Reply July 29, 2012

    Tristine

    THAT is quite spectacular! I wish I could do that… Do you sell these?

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    Gina Murrow

    Marvelous idea! Easy to make, and I could crank out several for different outfits. Thanks for the clear instructions.

  • Reply September 12, 2012

    Jessica

    $118!? AYFKM… their pricing dept really has some cojones. Your version is so much prettier, too.

  • Reply October 15, 2012

    Pam

    Like yours way better!!! Can’t wait to try something similar. thanks!

  • Reply November 9, 2012

    Maylee

    Youre version is more pretty. Thanks for share. I do some bracelets myself but never try the belt thing. Thanks because its an excellent idea. God bless

  • Reply November 11, 2012

    Amy

    Love it! I like it better than the anthro one.

  • Reply November 23, 2012

    Samantha

    love this!! I have all this vintage barkcloth from the 50′s with great designs i am going to try this with broken pieces of vintage jewerly ive picked up too!!

  • Reply December 11, 2012

    Sue

    I love this bracelet!!! It’s so much better than the Anthro one. Great tutorial as well. Pure genius using the old belt to stiffen it!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply December 13, 2012

    Val Reaves

    Saw this on Pinterest…Wonderful! You did a great job and the bracelet is so fun!
    Thank you for sharing it!

    • January 4, 2013

      JulieAnn

      Thanks for the how-to! I think yours is much prettier than the original.

  • Reply January 14, 2013

    LazarusStr

    I actually like your version better, and would rather do it up the way you have presented it ;-) Kudo’s

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Bonnie Turner

    A couple of years ago, I followed some instructions from a Woman’s World magazine to make a bracelet that looks a bit like your bracelet. It uses a metal cuff (online web site for this). You wind satin ribbon or I used wide bias tape around the cuff – glued the beginning and end to the cuff. I glued a little bit as I went to keep the ribbon/tape from sliding or shifting. I started with just an off white and then branched out buying pastel colored tape. Then I bought some interesting beads and things from Michael’s or Joann’s and I found some cool lacey cotton stuff that comes on a roll so you purchase it by the yard. I’m sorry I can’t remember what it’s called right now. They are flowers or lace circle – things that people use on wedding dresses and etc. I cut them apart into smaller pieces and then died them different colors. I used the Rit dye in small pyrex bowls (don’t use plastic as it will absorb the dye) – you only need about a 16th of a teaspoon or a little more – follow the directions on the package. I used purple, pink, blue, – any colors that you want. Let then dry overnight before you glue them to your cuff. I alternated the cotton flowers with some of the beads and accessories. I also used flat back rhinestones in multiple colors (about 4-6mm). When you have glued on as much as you like – you have a lovely cuff. I do sell my crafts at craft shows and figured out that I could sell these for $20 and still make a profit. The designer cuff this was patterned after cost $89. If you want to try this and need better instructions, just ask me.

    • March 30, 2013

      MaElena Rodriguez

      This sounds absolutely great and interesting. Do you have any viewable instructions or videos? Would like to view, you seem very creative and resourceful. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

      MaElena

    • March 30, 2013

      Bonnie Turner

      I do not have a blog or tutorial for the cuff bracelet. I don’t know how to do either – all these “newfangled” things have kinda passed me by – I used to be at the forefront of computer stuff but disability/retirement came along and since I don’t work, I don’t keep up.
      I can send you via email some pictures and write up something for you. I actually have a picture of these on my facebook page, just scroll down a ways to see it. And if you want some instruction on how to – just let me know and I can write up something.
      If you go to my Facebook page, scroll down to January 23, 2013 which is where a couple of pictures of the bracelets are located.

  • Reply January 20, 2013

    Irenor

    Me encanta.
    Quisiera hacer uno similar, pero no se dónde conseguir beads y rhinestone similares.
    Me podéis ayudar

    • March 30, 2013

      MaElena Rodriguez

      Irenor, no se en acual pais estas, pero puedes mandar traer un catalago de “FIRE MOUNTAIN”, ellos tienen cantidad de cosas, cuentas, etc. Espero que esto te habra ayudado, si no, avisame.

      Cordialmente,

      MaElena

  • Reply January 22, 2013

    Bonnie Turner

    I was going to add a picture of my cuff bracelets but I can’t figure out how to do that

    • January 22, 2013

      Beverly

      Bonnie,
      You can’t post pictures of your own on the blog. If you have something you want to share you can post a photo or link on my Facebook wall though!

      Bev

  • Reply January 23, 2013

    Paula R

    Yours is a LOT better!!!

  • Reply March 30, 2013

    MaElena Rodriguez

    Yes, Ms. “Bev”, this is another great “inspiration” of yours, and you’re right, it really seems easy to do, and I will certainly try it. As for the “…splain” comment, I don’t know of a movie, but the little word instantly brought to mind “Ricky Ricardo” of the “I Love Lucy” series, am I right? Thanks for sharing this tutorial of such a beautiful cuff bracelet!

    MaElena

  • Reply April 27, 2013

    Sharon G

    Yes, inspiration is great & the reference is to Princess Bride, spoken by Inigo Montoya! Love your bracelet & blog. Thanks

  • Reply November 23, 2013

    Michelle

    Yes a video would be awesome! :)

  • Reply November 27, 2013

    aplacefor2

    Love it, soo prefer yours :)

  • Reply February 10, 2014

    Judy P

    Your bracelet is gorgeous, but I wouldn’t pay $18 much less $118 for that other one. It’s not even pretty and I normally love yellow.

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