Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jean loves this project from Cloth Paper Scissors

fabric bracelet with surface design

two fabric art bracelets
Beading Daily

Fabric Art Bracelets in a Flash

Here is a quick and easy fabric art bracelet to stitch for anyone, any time.
 These bracelets,
 made with suede cloth or Ultrasuede and trim,
can be whipped up in less than an hour,
 so they make a great last-minute gift.

I adapted this fiber art project from one by Quilting Arts Magazine Editor Vivika Hansen DeNegre featured in an issue of Quilting Arts Gifts.

You will need:
  • A strip of suede cloth or Ultrasuede® 8" long x 2½" wide
  • A very small coated elastic ponytail tie in a coordinating color (or similar)
  • Woven or printed trim ½" – ¾" wide by the length of your suede strip plus 1½"
  • 1 button
  • Sewing machine and needle and thread for hand stitching
  • Optional: Fray Check™
1. If you are using suede cloth, fold the long sides of the strip in
 toward the wrong side of the fabric, overlapping slightly
 and zigzag stitch down the middle of the folded fabric with matching thread.
 If you are using Ultrasuede, just cut your strip of fabric to the desired width
 (the edges will not fray).

2. Take your piece of trim and center it on your suede strip
 with equal amounts of extra trim folded to the back of each end of the bracelet.
 Stitch just inside each side of the trim to secure it to the suede.
 Use matching or contrasting thread, as you desire.

3. Fold in one end of the bracelet about ½" or so with the elastic band in between.
 Whipstitch the end closed.

4. Sew a button on the opposite end of the bracelet.
 If needed, dab a little Fray Check on the raw edges of the trim
 to keep them from unraveling.

I made the black and purple bracelet using suede cloth.
That made the bracelet a little more substantive.
  I made the blue bracelet with Ultrasuede
 I cut to size with a rotary cutter to insure a straight edge
 and a piece of fabric I altered with textile paint and soy wax batik.
 I folded the batik fabric in thirds and stitched a line down each side
as I did with the trim above.
These fiber art bracelets are so fun to make and the variations are limitless!

To learn all kinds of fabric art techniques,
from surface design and screen printing to fabric collage and textile art,
 be sure to check out all the fiber art
—and more! There you'll find everything you need to create with fabric.

P.S. Which of these bracelets do you like best?
 What fabric or fibers would you use to make them your own?
 Leave a comment on the Cloth Paper Scissors Today blog.

note from Jean: I took this from Monday's Cloth Paper Scissors email.
 at least once a week. Cate Prato, the editor, is a genius! And look at her cool
signature! I even want a cooler signature. Mine pretty much sucks.
I just want to say one thing -- I ALWAYS get in over my head because I
want to learn everything so badly! I say to myself, "Well of course I can do
this!" and all of a sudden I am waist deep in Ultrasuede, learning how to
batik fabrics, and whipstiching up a storm! They have a way of teaching
which just pulls me right in, and you will see what I mean if you
investigate the site a bit. Suddenly whammo! You are entranced!



Tammy said...

You are such an enabler!

Jean said...

That is so funny that you say that...Tammy I swear I had no idea until a couple of years ago I would have disagreed with you--but you know what? I have to admit you are totally right!!! HAHA!!!

jean XOX