Monday, 19 January 2015

Make a Cute Little Handmade Charm Bracelet

Here is a cute little idea for a simple cloth and ribbon 'charm bracelet' that the little girls in your life will love. All that's needed is a scrap of fabric, matching organza ribbon and an assortment of charms and buttons. 

It takes very little time to complete, so is a perfect little gift. I made two of the bands, so I could keep one spare for up coming birthdays.

Start by cutting out the 14.5cm x 11.5cm main band piece. The size of the band can be varied. Measure and cut a 50cm length of 4cm wide organza ribbon. These measurements allow for 1.5cm seams. 

With the right sides of the fabric together, sew the strip together along the long edge using a 1.5cm seam. 

Turn the strip in the right way and position the seam in the centre of the back of the strip - as shown on the bottom panel in the photo. 

Tuck the raw edges in at each end and pin as shown in the photos.

Take the organza ribbon and fold the raw ends over twice.
Using a zig-zag stitch sew across the ends to prevent them from fraying.

Match the centre point of the organza with
the centre point of the fabric band and pin into place. Pin the remainder of the band and ribbon together.
Using matching thread, top stitch the ribbon to the fabric band. 

Now assemble your collection of charms, button and beads, arrange them onto the band in whatever pattern you might like, then hand sew them into place. 

The ribbon ties around any size wrist making it a perfect gift. Our little blossom was very happy to choose the selection of bits and pieces she would like sewn onto her charm bracelet. She chose the colours too. No surprises with the pink and blue ribbon combo! 

Happy sewing xx

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