Bracelets for Valentine's Day! The daisy bracelet is more springish, but I couldn't resist trying a flower. I think I would like to make more for spring, they're so comfortable and happy. And they can be made from scraps! These would be great as a gift for a little girl or even for your grown-up girlfriends, as an activity with your children or with your friends. If you'd like to make some, here are some basic instructions:
Materials: cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler, scissors, measuring tape, paper patterns (optional), sewing machine (optional), fabric glue, velcro (sticky or sew-on), needle, thread, felt scraps, buttons/trims, Fray-Check
1. Measure your wrist (or your child's wrist). My wrist is 6".
2. Cut a strip of felt about an inch and a quarter longer than your wrist measurement, 3/4" wide. I cut mine 7" and some 7 1/2" long. I used my cutting mat and rotary cutter.
3. I attached a sticky velcro spot to one end, flipped the strip over (important!) and attached the opposite velcro piece to the other end. (These are fine for bracelets that won't be roughly handled, but for a child's bracelet, I would switch to sew-on velcro. Cut it into a small square or round and just stitch it to the felt.) I then used my scissors to round the end of the felt strip.
4. Choose a design for the center. Sometimes I cut shapes freehand, sometimes I make little paper patterns. Hearts are sweet for Valentine's Day. Cut your shapes and choose any add-ons like buttons and ribbon.
5. Attach your bracelet centerpiece to the strip of felt. I used my sewing machine and stitched a couple hearts down the center. Others, I glued with Fabri-Tac. They all have a button helping to secure them. I used coordinating thread or embroidery floss for the buttons.
6. Touch the ends of your ribbon with Fray-Check so it doesn't unravel on you.
That's it, I think!
(Update: I thought it would be worth mentioning, as several people have suggested to me, that these would work well as napkin rings, too!)