Back when I made the Fabric Wrap Bracelets, I also made another style of bracelet. The reason you didn't see it is because I wasn't entirely happy with the way they turned out. Something was off, and I needed a little time to work it out.
The original version had an elastic loop that came from one end and looped around a button on the other. It was okay, but the ends were supposed to meet, and they didn't really want to stay put. I knew the two ends needed to overlap with a buttonhole instead. That solved the problem, and I think this has a more finished look without the elastic anyway. Now to make them in every fabric on my shelf!
This one comes out to about 7 3/4". I found it to be a little too snug for my 7" wrist and the loose fit I was looking for, so I adjusted my strips to 7 3/4" long. Remember when you're deciding on fit that this bracelet is wide, so you aren't just fitting the skinniest part of your wrist.
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To make this you'll need:
- three 2 1/2 x 7" fabric strips
- two 3 1/2 x 2 3/4" fabric rectangles (for the ends)
- two 3 1/2 x 2 3/4" fusible interfacing rectangles
- one 1/2 - 3/4" button
Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the ends. Fold the 2 3/4" edge under 1/4" and press.
Fold the ends with right sides together and edges and folds even. Stitch down both sides, leaving the edge with the folds open.
Clip the corners, turn and press.
Fold a strip in half lengthwise and press. Turn both edges into the center of the fold and press again. Topstitch close to both long sides. Repeat with the other two strips.
Line up all three strips side by side. Stitch across all three, 1/4" from the ends.
Repeat on the opposite end.
Tuck the strips inside the end, using that last stitching line as a guide for how far to push them inside. The stitching line should be just inside the folded edge of the end. Pin in place.
Stitch all the way around the edge of the end.
Tuck strips into remaining end. This is where you can adjust a bit if it's too long by tucking them further inside. If you do push it further inside, make sure that's the end you sew the button. It will be easier then trying to stitch the buttonhole through the extra layers. Stitch around the end.
Mark a line for the buttonhole appropriate to the size of your button in the center of one end. Stitch the buttonhole.
Sew the button in the center of the opposite end. Slide a toothpick underneath as you sew so the button isn't too tight against the fabric.
It should end up looking something like this.
I also made this in what I'm calling a "lightly braided" version. Cut the strips at least 1/2" longer. Fold, press and stitch the ends and strips as above. Slid the strips into the first end and topstitch.
Braid, just as you would hair, but only once. Your ends should be in the opposite order from the other end.
Stitch the remaining ends together and finish as we did in the first bracelet.
It will seem a little wonky, but putting it on your curved wrist smooths the braid out.
It might go without saying, but this is a great stash-buster, not only for your fabric, but it's a good way to use up smaller bits of interfacing.
Be sure to give a little thought to the button when you're making these, because it's definitely a big part of the design. I used one that could probably be considered an antique on this one, which I thought was perfect with this pretty floral (Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel).
These are so quick and easy to make, you can have one to match every outfit in your closet!