The seasons have well and truly changed here in the UK – the leaves have turned gold and the hedgerows are full of jewel-like berries. Inspired by what’s around me, I made these silk bracelets with jewel tones that are perfect for autumn. Using silk fabric scraps and a mix of plastic beads creates a colorful arm party for fall and winter.
Colorful Fabric Scrap DIY Bracelets
- A selection of colored silk fabric scraps
- a mix of beads big and small – my central bead was 2.5cm long
- 8mm gold beading wire
- 1cm ribbon end
- 7mm bolt ring
- 5mm jump rings
- 7mm jump rings
Step 1. Cut two rectangles of fabric 8 cm x 5 cm wide. I used silk as its perfect for manipulating into small areas.
Step 2. Fold each of the long edges over by 1cm and then in half again so all the outer edges are tucked in the center. Keep the fabric tightly pinched, taking a ribbon end place over the end of the fabric and squeeze tightly into place. You’ll need to do this quickly as the fabric can be quite slippery!
Step 3. Repeat on the other end of your fabric strip and then on your second piece of fabric too.
Step 4. Cut a piece of wire 10 cm long.
Step 5. Create a loop at one end of your wire, you want it to be about 5 mm wide. Your smaller beads will be fixed here so don’t go too small.
Step 6. Fix the loop to one end of your fabric strips.
Step 7. Thread on your central bead, make another loop and snip off any excess wire.
Step 8. Attach to your second fabric strip.
Step 9. Using your headpins, thread the bead and make a loop. You will use three beads per side. Go for a mix of sizes and colors to match your fabrics.
Step 10. Attach three beads to each of the large loops at the end of your main bead.
Step 11. Cut two strips of contrasting fabric 10 cm x 2 cm.
Step 12. Tie on your fabric, covering the loops and joins of your fabric and beads.
Step 13. Attach your bolt ring with a 5 mm jump ring.
Step 14. Attach your 7 mm jump ring with a 5 mm jump ring.
I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial! These would also make perfect presents for the up and coming holiday season. Happy making!16