Hello, hello, time for a new DIY! ;) Maybe you have already noticed that I have a new sponsor – welcome, Snaply! :) – and apart from advertising on my blog, Snaply sent me a package with lots of awesome things from their shop that I’ve chosen in order to show you what to make with their products. This tutorial will be the first of five posts telling you what to use KAMSnaps for. These are colorful plastic snaps which you can use for many different projects and they are so useful – can’t wait to show you all of my ideas. So here we go with the first project, a sewing DIY for a fabric bracelet. :)
What you need:
– KAMSnaps, a KAMSnap plier and a bradawl
– Paper for the pattern
– Scissors (for fabric and paper)
– A sewing machine
First of all, make yourself a pattern according to the shape above. You just need to find out your arm’s size and cut out the pattern according to it. It has to be long enough that you can easily put it around your arm and that both endings can overlap to close the bracelet. Concerning the width, you can simply decide how wide you want the bracelet to be, mine is 3cm wide (and don’t forget to include the seam allowances of about 0,5cm).
After you have prepared your pattern, use it to cut out fabric twice, one piece for the front, one piece for the back.
Next, put both layers of fabric onto each other, right sides facing. Sew them onto each other (sew close to the edges) and leave a small opening (on the photo on the left bottom corner between my fingers) to finally fold it inside out. Then cut out little triangles at the seam allowances of the round sides so that you can easily fold the fabric inside out.
Now iron your piece of fabric and by sewing around the whole piece (close to the egde), you can neaten the edges. That makes it even prettier. Then take the middle of the piece of fabric and fold it like shown on the photo in the right middle. Use a piece of yarn to wrap it around and close it with a knot. Then cut out a small piece of fabric (about 6cm wide and 9cm long) which you will use to hide the yarn.
Iron the piece of fabric like it is shown above so that you finally have a smaller strip (about 1,5 wide).
Fix the strip by neatening the edges with a seam and sewing the layers of fabric onto each other. Now fold the fabric strip around the bracelet and use your sewing machine to close the endings. In case they are too long, shorten them before sewing them onto each other (use a zig-zag stitch for that).
Fold the fabric strip inside out so that the endings with the zig-zag stitch are on the inside and aren’t visible anymore. That’s how it is supposed to look! :) Then figure out where you want the snaps to be at the endings of the bracelet (depending on how tight you want the bracelet to be) and use your bradawl to make two holes where you can put the snaps through.
Push the snaps through the holes (according to the instructions on the package) and your’re done, yay! :))
Have fun with this DIY and in case you’re making such a breacelet yourself, feel free to post a link, I’d love to see your version! :)
Happy sewing, Lu :)