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 :)
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!)