Felt Bracelets- so many ideas!
This is my third of four posts using felt for beginning handsewing. It’s a great material because it doesn’t fray (unless you want it to) and is super colorful and easy to work with.
I had so much fun making different bracelets using all kinds of stitches I’ve been learning but the one I’m going to show you is a pretty simple one. We will make a bracelet with beads and fringe but you make yours however you think it should look! There’s no wrong way to do it. I found this great site with beautiful pictures of all kinds of embroidery stitches and then instructions on how to sew each of them. Check it out for inspiration.
Onto my tutorial!
Here’s your materials list for this project.
felt in any color (there’s some really cool printed felt at the craft store if you don’t want a solid color)
needle and thread (we used perle cotton thread which is made for embroidery- it’s thicker than regular thread but not as thick as standard embroidery thread)
beads (we used pony beads but you could use and kind of bead as long as your needle will go through the hole)
button for closure (you could use buttons for decoration too if you like)
Start by measuring your wrist (you may need a friend to help with this) and then cut your felt at least 2 inches longer than that so you have plenty of overlap for the button and hole. You can always trim it down if it’s too long.
Cut your felt as wide or thin as you like but remember the thinner it is the harder it is to work with.
Lay out a design on your felt. For this bracelet I’m using pony beads.
Start at the center of the bracelet and stitch on the beads. I stitched each bead on two times to make it a little more firmly attached. Continue down the bracelet on one side and then go back to the middle and do the other side. It’s easier to see the spacing you want if you start in the center.
Once all your beads are sewn on you can get creative. For this bracelet I wanted to add fringe. I took my scissors and with just the tip I snipped the edge of the felt down both sides leaving the end un-fringed so that there’s still room for the button and button hole.
stitch on button and snip a line in the felt for a button hole (make it smaller than you think and then cut it a bit longer if you need to!)
ta da!!! A felt, fringe, beaded, bracelet! Say that 5 times fast.
Here are some of the others I made. I had fun embroidering some cool designs on some of the others. Check out this link for instructions on how to sew lots of different stitches.
My final post in this felt handsewing series will be making plushies and then we will move onto machine work which is my favorite! If there’s something you would like to learn to make please let me know!
Thanks and Happy Sewing!