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4.12.2013

CSS Favorites: Borders

I'm back today with another project featuring the Favorites collection from Clear and Simple Stamps!  Today they are focusing on the new border dies and stripes set.

Now for a story....
2 weeks ago I was getting ready to meet Dave in Boston for dinner (Ruth's Chris Steak House...yum!) and felt like I needed a bracelet to go with my outfit.  Using the eyelet die, some pleather scraps, grey fabric, my sewing machine, and some sew-on snaps I was able to whip one up...in only about 20 minutes!


Here are the steps (I wish I took pics along the way, but I was in a rush!):
  • Die cut the pleather.  At first I was upset that the center circles of the die didn't cut all the way through, but when I looked at it again, I thought it was really cool! Also, the piece ended up being the PERFECT length to fit around my wrist!
  • Cut a rectangle of grey fabric a little more than twice as wide as I wanted the finished bracelet, and slightly longer.
  • Fold the grey fabric in half, lining up the long edges.  Sew along this edge to create a tube, then turn inside out.
  • Fold in the two short sides at either end of the tube, then top-stitch closed.
  • Here's the fun part! Lay the leather die cut over the bracelet, and top-stitch back and forth over the whole thing with imprecise, wiggly stitches.  
  • The longest part of the whole process was sewing the snaps, about 10 minutes.  That's because I had to hand-sew them
You can see that the bracelet is a little wiggly and uneven on the top and bottom- that's because my tube wasn't perfect.  I didn't pin or measure anything as I went along, because I didn't want to be late for dinner!  If I were to do this project again, I'd probably take a few extra minutes to get it perfect!

Dave was nice enough to take some pictures of me having fun at the Boston Common in my new accessory :)




 I couldn't stop there, so I made a card inspired by the bracelet when I got home!






CSS and Laura are also posting today.  I have my fingers crossed that Laura made something amazing (plaid maybe?) with the stripes.  Either way, it's sure to be awesome- make sure to check them both out!













My Utility Belt (tools I use often!)


9 comments:

  1. First of all, you are the cutest - i love that dress! And the cuff?? Genius, and so cool!!

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  2. You are too cute! Love the bracelet and card, and great photos!

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  3. That is totally adorable! And SUPER cute pictures! I love your card, too!

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  4. I love the bracelet you made. The pictures are so fun! Great card too!

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  5. You are so very clever...LOVE the bracelet...genius and love the coordinating card!

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  6. I am so impressed! Whipping up a bracelet to match your outfit in a short time...very cool. And you look awesome in that beautiful outfit!

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  7. You are too cute with your snazzy bracelet!

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  8. Okay, now this - is genius. G.E.N.I.U.S. *Love* the imprecise nature of it all, and also look at you pretty lady!! You look so fab in that dress and your funky cuff!!

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  9. Gosh! How cute is that model wearing the bracelet!? :) Totally creative! Love the bracelet design and on card--wow!

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