Friday, November 12, 2010

Introduction and Liberty bracelet

Hello fellow crafters, I'm Cecili from Sewing and so on. Thanks Tilly for letting me join this awesome club, I've had a look at the members' ideas for Christmas gifts and there are so many great things to be inspired by!
I'm planning to give all my relatives handmade presents this year, I'll make a vintage shirt for my boyfriend and I'll probably focus on accessories for the girls, bags, pouches, hair ornaments, jewelry... Actually I've just finished a Liberty bracelet that turned out quite nice -well, you're rarely wrong when you use these wonderful fabrics^^- so here's the tutorial in case you'd want to make one too.

You'll need fabric, a pair of choker clasps, a lobster clasp, a few links, pliers and glue.

First measure around your wrist to find the size you want for your fabric strip, mine was 14cm (5.4").
To determine the final size of your fabric strip you also need to measure the width of your choker clasps, mine were 1.6cm (3/4") and since you'll fold the fabric in two you must double this number (here 3.2cm / 1.3").
You need a 1cm seam allowance on both lengths but not on the ends since they will be encased in the clasps!
So the final strip for my bracelet was 14cm x 5.2cm (5.4" x 2").
I fused a thin strip of interfacing on each end to make them stronger since they will be perforated by the clasps' teeth.

Fold your fabric strip in two with right sides together and sew.

Turn the fabric tube inside out and iron it flat. I've cut a strip of cardboard the same width as my fabric tube and slid it into the tube to help flatten it while ironing.

Put a little glue in the choker clasps, insert the strip's ends and close the clasps pressing them with pliers. Let the glue dry then add a lobster clasp to one end and a few links to the other.

Et voilĂ ! You're done :) Later I added a tiny blue flower bead to the end on the chain to give the bracelet extra cuteness. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions or suggestions to improve it please tell me!

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