First, this project idea came from a book called P.S. I Made This. I bought this book at Books-A-Million and it is a great DIY book for the fashionista on a budget. The link above is to the website for this book and it has a photo gallery and several DIY ideas right on the main page. If you're a DIY gal, then you must check it out!
|Ideas-a-plenty in this book!|
I'm not claiming to be a fashionista, because I won't make half the ideas in this book, but the other half are quite clever. Like I said, these bangles are from this book.
The items needed for this project are a cardboard mailing tube, a knife to cut the tube, fabric strips (anything will do), scissors, and a hot glue gun. I also had some cool studded strips that I harvested from a purse that I bought at Goodwill for $2 or $3. It had some great hardware and a handle in great condition, so I bought it, with the intention of cutting it up.
|Look at all the cool stuff on this purse!|
First, the large rings are awesome, along with the handle, the small rings, the studded strips and the zipper pull all were taken off this purse.
|All the possibilities!|
Anyway, after I cut up this poor purse, I worked on unstitching the studded strips from the zippers. I kept the fabric too; Vince will use these scraps later. The other items I put aside and will use them on future projects. I then cut about a 1 to 1.5" inch "slice" of cardboard tube for the bracelet base.
|Cut on the edge of something so you don't gouge your work surface|
I used a mailing tube that a calendar from work came in, so I did not even have to buy the tube (I love free stuff) and a bread knife. I thought the serrated edge would work best, like a saw, but since I did not have a saw, this knife was my next best thing.
Then you take that slice and cut it so there is an opening, like for a cuff bracelet. Pick the kind of fabric you want to use and cut it into at least a 1" wide strip that is at least a yard long. I had some black lace from a past Halloween costume, so I cut from that. But you can use anything, but if it is silky, it could fray. That could be nice or not nice, depending on the look you are going for. Thin fabrics would work the best.
|Once you make one, you will want more!|
Next, I practiced first, without gluing to get a feeling of how tight I was going to have to wrap. This also gave me the feel of how much overlap I needed to do. I did not want to see the cardboard under the lace, so I wrapped the lace overlapping itself at 1/4" intervals. So, this is why you need a long strip of fabric. If the fabric you choose is not lace or transparent, then you can be less tight/together with it.
|Practice wrapping before you glue|
Once I got the wrapping down, I unwrapped it and took the cardboard opening and put a dab of glue on the inside of the cuff. While hot, I affixed the end of the lace on the glue. Then, as I practiced earlier, I wrapped the lace around the cuff. As I got to the other end, I dabbed more glue and pressed the lace into it. That is all you have to do!
|Purse fabric cuff|
|Strike while the glue gun is hot!|