Monday, February 4

Valentine Wristlets

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!)


Simply Stork said...

wow! these are really daughter would get a kick out of those...

thank you very much for the idea :o)


Anonymous said...

that is really really cute! my daughter thinks so, too!

Grandma G said...

They are so cute! I can't wait till Courtney gets a little older so I can try out some of the things you've posted about!

Anonymous said...

Cute, cute! Thank for this simple and sweet valentines idea!

Anonymous said...

I would love to give some of those to my students for Valentine's Day (the girls, anyway). But if I don't get that done, the flower idea still works for spring/summer!

Pieces said...

Those are so fabulous! Thank you for such a great tutorial. My daughter will love this.

Renee said...

I just LOVE the fun ideas with felt on your blog! My daughter wants to make some too...(big eyes looking at me saying; "Can we make these too mommy, love the bracelet and the purse, and the, and then...snicker)Thank YOU for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I like this project a lot. Wish I had some funds to make some and give away. :)

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

What a wonderful idea. So nice to see Valentine's treats that aren't just candy!

Unknown said...

these are just beautiful..... such a great idea, thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't have a comment inasmuch s i have a question. Can I make a few and sell for a fundraiserfor my grandson's school? Thank you

Anonymous said...

I don't have a comment inasmuch as i have a question. Can I make a few of these for fundraiser for my grandson's school. Thank you

Oriel said...

Have just come across this project and I think it is great. I am looking forward to playing around with shapes with my little granddaughter when we have our craft sessions and I know she will just love to wear the finished wristlet. Thanks for the easy and clear instructions.

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