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Embroidered Denim Bracelets – Indygo Junction Stitched Style

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Blog Tour 300x258 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched StyleI’m delighted to be participating in Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style Blog Tour! Embellish your world with embroidery designs from Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style. You’ll find 20 fashion oriented projects, featuring 65 unique hand-embroidery designs, with over 100 styles and sizes to trace or transfer. The projects feature Crossroads Denim by Amy Barickman, as well as repurposed denim. Bring new life to ready-made jeans, jackets, purses and totes with a needle and thread. Or create your own one-of-a-kind items from scratch! Never Book v2 231x300 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched Styleembroidered before? No worries, the materials guide, detailed trace and transfer instructions and stitch dictionary will tell you all you need to know to add some Stitched Style to your life!

The designs featured in Stitched Style were inspired by Amy Barickman’s SoHo Bandana fabric collection with Red Rooster. A longtime collector of vintage bandanas, Amy took those classic designs and updated them for today. Using contemporary colors and stylized designs, bandana has never looked so fresh and fun!

For those folks who aren’t interested in embroidering by hand, check out the Stitched Style embroidery designs in a machine collection through OESD. The SoHo Bandana collection offers 33 embroidery, applique and reverse applique designs to easily embellish garments, accessories or home decor projects.

AB12303 IndygoJunctionsStitchedStyle HandEmbroidery 3 300x195 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched StyleAmy is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction and Amy Barickman LLC. She is a leader in the sewing and needle arts industry, having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two-million patterns and published 80 books. Named one of Country Living Magazine’s prestigious Creative Women Entrepreneurs, her recent book releases include Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, and Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers. In 2013 Amy released her 15th fabric collection Denim Fabrics 197x300 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched Stylewith Red Rooster Fabrics as well as her debut fashion denim line with James Thompson Inc., Crossroads Denim. Through her blogs, websites and e­-newsletters, Amy inspires crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. Want to learn more and keep up to date with Amy, visit IndygoJunction.com and AmyBarickman.com.  Also, Amy is offering a special discount during the blog tour — if you order Stitched Style directly from Indygo Junction, you can save 20% by using the code SSBT14 at checkout.

 

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As a young teen, I enjoyed taking embroidery lessons with my mother and when Indygo Junction invited me to participate in this Blog Tour, nostalgic memories of embellishing my wearables rushed back to mind. Once I had my copy of Amy’s new book and my Crossroads Denim in French Vanilla and Periwinkle in hand, I grabbed by embroidery floss and needles and headed to my studio. I love, love love the paisley designs featured in Stitched Style but after looking through the cool collection of patterns, I decided I had better start by first brushing up on my stitching skills. The “Stitches” pages are filled with 16 illustrated patterns so I selected the chain, lazy daisy, french knots and satin stitches. (Now that I have those stitched, I’m feeling a lot more confident to take on the paisley designs!)

Here’s the link to my YouTube video where I share how I created my bracelet collection and check this out!! NOTE: Giveaway winner announced! Congratulations Carmen!  Indygo Junction is offering a special giveaway to Cool2Craft readers & viewers. This giveaway collection includes the Stitched Style book, four 1/2 yard cuts of Crossroads Denim, Sullivan’s embroidery floss, Clover embroidery hoop and Clover embroidery needles. To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post and let me know your favorite embroidery memory or project! (Please note that giveaway ends January 23, 2014 and is open to US residents only.) P.S. On the last day of the tour, January 24th, hop over to Indygo’s blog to enter for a grand prize giveaway.

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I also encourage you to visit each of the blog stops on this Stitched Style tour.  Here’s where to go:

Participating blogs

1/13 Flamingo Toes: flamingotoes.com

1/14 Today’s Creative Blog: todayscreativeblog.net

1/15 Designs in Machine Embroidery: You’re Here!

1/16 Tip Junkie: tipjunkie.com

1/17 Wild Olive: wildolive.blogspot.com

1/18 Amy Barickman: amybarickman.com/blog

1/20 Cool2Craft: cool2craft.com

1/21 We All Sew: weallsew.com

1/22 Kollabora: kollabora.com

1/23 Sew Mama Sew: sewmamasew.com

1/24 Indygo Junction: indygojunction.com/blog

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Wool Spiral Needlefelted Beads by Lisa Fulmer

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These beads are easy and fun to make with wool roving, which you can get online or wherever knitting supplies are sold. Hand-dyed wool with variegated colors is especially nice, which I can usually find at quilt shows.  Chunky and textural and lightweight—it’s wearable fiber art!

Watch my Felted Wood Beads Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Supplies

  • Wool roving (if you’re allergic, try acrylic or hemp roving)
  • Needlefelting needles (a 5-needle punch and a single needle)
  • Piece of thick dense upholstery foam
  • Wood skewer
  • Sharp fabric shears
  • Accent beads
  • Needle and embroidery floss
  1. Spread out some roving so the fibers are laying fairly evenly in a thin 8″ square sheet.
  2. Lay a couple sheets of wool on top of each other.
  3. Roll the wool around a skewer as snugly as possible.
  4. Carefully slide out the skewer and roll the wool cylinder around in your hands to smooth the fibers together more.
  5. Place the cylinder on the foam and use the punch needle to lock the fibers together, rolling the cylinder as you punch to prevent punching it too flat.
  6. Work from one end to the other until the cylinder of wool is densely matted. Use the single needle as needed to smooth out any lumps.
  7. Snip the cylinder into even discs (beads), about 1/2″ wide.
  8. Thread the beads on to embroidery floss with accent beads in between – shorter for a bracelet, longer for a necklace.
  9. Tie each end of the floss to a metal jewelry clasp.

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Yarn Bracelet and Wire Coil Earrings by Tiffany Windsor

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Tiffany Windsor designed this artsy collection of yarn jewelry that you can create in under 30 minutes! Wrap a wooden bangle bracelet with your favorite fancy yarn and make matching wire coil earrings in a snap! Make it today, wear it tonight! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Tiffany’s super cool Yarn Bracelet and Wire Coil Earrings YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Fancy yarn – be sure to select a bulky thick yarn for this technique
Wooden or plastic bangle bracelet
Scissors
Craft wire – 22 gauge
Wooden skewer, chop sticks or knitting needle (to coil wire)
Wire cutters
Jewelry pliers
Fish hook earrings

1. To cover bracelet, cut long length of yarn and wrap into ball. This will make it easier to wrap around bracelet.

2. Stick one Tacky Dot on inside of bracelet. Stick end of yarn into Tacky Dot and begin wrapping yarn around and around bracelet. Keep the wrapping close so that you cannot see the bracelet underneath.

3. When you have covered the entire bracelet, cut yarn and glue in place on inside of bracelet with a dab of Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue.

4. To create earrings, leave about 3 ” length of of wire (which will be used to create jewelry loop at top of earrings). Begin wrapping wire around and around skewer until you have approximately 60 coils. Leave an additional 3″ length of wire. Cut and remove coil from skewer. Repeat to create 2nd earring coil.

5. Holding the two pieces of coiled wire side by side, gently pull to separate coils.

6. Loop cut ends of wire to create leaf shape. Twist two ends together to secure. Repeat for second earring.

7. Leave approximately 2″ length of yarn. Beginning at top of earring (where wires are twisted) begin wrapping yarn around and around and guide yarn into each coil. Note that as you wrap, the leaf shape will elongate into a long petal. When you reach the end, loop underneath bottom coil and bring yarn end back up to the top of earrings.

8. Glue length of yarn up center back of earrings. Tie ends of yarn together in knot at top of earrings. Add dab of glue to knot and cut off excess.  Repeat to make matching earring.

9. Using round nose pliers, create loop at top of earring with excess wire. Hold loop in pliers and wrap wire around and around below loop. Cut away excess wire. Repeat for second earring.

10. Attach fish hook earring to loop.

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Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shares one her favorite projects! This cutie is covered with felt flowers but you can create these fabric and water bottle bracelets to match any wearable style.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Plastic water bottle (smooth side preferred but select a water bottle to fit your wrist size)
Craft knife
Scissors
Blue low mask tape
Fabric (torn into 1/2″ – 3/4″ strips and ironed flat)
Felt flowers (I cut my flowers using a die cutting machine)
Hole punch (to cut flower centers)

Heidi Felt Bracelet 1 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers I select different widths of masking tape and apply to the outside of the water bottle to use as a pattern line when cutting the bracelets.
Heidi Felt Bracelet 2 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Use a craft knife to cut between the tape lines then use scissors to cut a clean edge on the bracelets.
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 3 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Remove blue tape from cut bracelets.
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 4 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply a dab of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to the inside of the bracelet.
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 5 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Press end of fabric strip into glue and begin wrapping fabric strip around bracelet.
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 6 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Continue to add a dab of glue every inch to secure fabric to bracelet. Cut excess fabric leaving approximate 1/4″ extra. Apply dab of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to end of fabric and glue to inside of bracelet.
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 7 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Add dots of glue to outside of bracelet wherever you want to glue a felt flower.
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 8 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply dot of glue to center of each flower.
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 9 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Press felt dots in center of flower(s).
 Heidi Felt Bracelet 10 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Continue until the entire bracelet is covered with flowers. Note: I like to tuck my flowers close together to give more volume to my water bottle bracelet.

 


Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

Floss and Button Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers is celebrating the 4th of July with a collection of red, white and blue friendship bracelets. These patriotic pretties are a fun way to upcycle plastic water bottles into mix and match bracelets. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super fun Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelet YouTube video tutorial part I and part II!

Part I

Part II

Materials:

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Plastic water bottle (smooth sided)
Embroidery floss – 1 skein each color
Buttons
Craft knife
Scissors
Hole punch (small)
Darning needle

Heidi Floss Bracelet 1 Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Working approximately 1″ up from bottom of bottle, apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape around bottle.
Heidi Floss Bracelet 2 Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Space tape approximately 1/4″ apart on bottle.
Heidi Floss Bracelet 3 Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Using craft knife, carefully punch into side of bottle and cut along tape line approximately 3″.
Heidi Floss Bracelet 4 Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Use scissors to cut out bracelets.
Heidi Floss Bracelet 7 Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Punch holes in bracelet using largest button as measurement for spacing.
Heidi Floss Bracelet 6 Floss and Buttons Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers To apply floss, peel back liner paper approximately 1″ at a time and wrap floss around and around. To keep floss from knotting, leave wrappers on skein and only pull out a small length at a time. Wrap entire bracelet. Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue to glue ends of floss to inside of bracelet. Stack buttons and stitch through holes on bracelet.

 


Polka Dot Button Bracelet by Candace Jedrowicz

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What could be more fun than wearing a fluffy, button-dotted bracelet? Making one for yourself! Candace Jedrowicz crafts up a fun and easy bracelet to make and share. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s super cute Polka Dot Button Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles
Cardboard roll – I used a masking tape roll
Scissors
Buttons
Fabric strips – I used sherpa fleece because it’s stretchy

Polka Dot Button Bracele 1 300x212 Polka Dot Button Bracelet by Candace Jedrowicz Cut your cardboard roll so that it can expand to go over your wrist. It may seem way to big for your wrist, but wrapping it with fabric will make it tighter.
Polka Dot Button Bracele 2 300x234 Polka Dot Button Bracelet by Candace Jedrowicz Run a bead of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue to tack down the end of your first fabric strip.
Polka Dot Button Bracele 3 300x204 Polka Dot Button Bracelet by Candace Jedrowicz Begin wrapping the fabric around the tube tightly, add more glue as you go.
Polka Dot Button Bracele 5 300x210 Polka Dot Button Bracelet by Candace Jedrowicz Continue to wrap until you like the way it looks.  Be sure to try it on your wrist occasionally.  I went three times around. Secure the end with more glue. Place a Tacky Dot Single where ever you want to put a button.
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Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

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With this vintage Aleene’s Tacky Glue technique, EcoHeidi transforms window screen into stylish bracelets. Aleene’s Tacky Glue provides the interesting textured effect on these upcycled bangle bracelets. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Window Screen Bracelets YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Original Tacky  Glue
Metal window screen
Scissors (I like to use dollar store scissors for this project)
Stapler and staples
Acrylic paint – metallic and colors of your choice
Cosmetic sponge
Waxed paper

Heidi Window Screen Bracele Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Determine width of bracelets and cut wire screen into strips with scissors. Be very careful in handling cut pieces at this step because the cut edges can be sharp.
Heidi Window Screen 2 Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Determine size of bracelet by carefully wrapping strip around wrist and adjusting size so that bracelet will slip over hand. Add about 1″ to length for overlap.
Heidi Window Screen 3 Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Overlap ends and staple to hold in place.
Heidi Window Screen 4 Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue along one edge of bracelet. This will cover the cut edge of the wire. (Only apply along one edge at this point so that you have an unglued edge to set on while drying.)
Heidi Window Screen 5 Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply additional ue around outside of bracelet. Set aside to dry. Next, apply line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue along other edge of bracelet.
Heidi Window Screen 6 Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers When the glue is dry, it will be clear.
Heidi Window Screen 7 Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Dab cosmetic sponge into paint and dab onto inside and outside of bracelet painting over the glued areas and all the wire. Let dry.
Heidi Window Screen 8 Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers You can paint your bracelets one color or create your own color combinations.
Heidi Window Screen for Pin Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

 


Bread Tag Charm Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers

Bread Tag Charm Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers creates a funky charm bracelet with bread tags! This is a cool way to upcycle those plastic tags into a fun bracelet! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Bread Tag Charm Bracelet YouTube Video Tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Tulip 3-D Fashion Paint
(I used white)
Bread tags
Acrylic paint (I used black)
Cosmetic sponge
Bracelet supplies: chain, jump rings, closure

Bread Tag 1 Bread Tag Charm Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers If needed, twist bread tags back to original shape to remove as much gap where pieces meet at top. Apply a small dab of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to top on both sides to close the gap. Set aside to dry completely.
Bread Tag 2 Bread Tag Charm Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Use cosmetic sponge to apply acrylic paint to bread tag(s). Set aside to dry. Repeat to paint both sides of each piece.
Bread Tag 3 Bread Tag Charm Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply small dots of 3D paint in random pattern on each tag. Set aside to dry. Repeat with back side.
Bread Tag 4 Bread Tag Charm Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Use jump rings to attach tag charms to bracelet chain. (I also found this cool eyeglass chain at the local dollar store which will also make a great bracelet chain.
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Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr

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Savannah Starr loves to recreate her favorite fashion looks with her own Savvy-twist! This bracelet gets it vivid colors and patterns from tissue papers and is made in three separate strands and is connected by large focal pieces.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Savannah’s super cool Triple Chunky Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Resin shapes with pre-drilled holes
Paper (I used red and animal print tissue paper and red hand-made paper)
3-D Crystal Lacquer
Stretchy jewelry cord (for stringing bracelet)
Instant glue (for securing knot in cord)
Scissors
Toothpick

Bracelet 1 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr I was inspired by the big chunky red bracelet that Drew Barrymore wears in a Cover Girl print ad and knew that I could create a big chunky bracelet in my own style! For this bracelet, I used resin shapes for the base. I love these resin pieces because they are pre-drilled which makes it easier to string. The first step to cut a piece of tissue paper larger than the shape so that it will wrap around both sides and ends.
Bracelet 2 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr Next, apply Aleene’s Tacky Glue to the top of the shape.
Bracelet 3 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr I like to use my finger to spread out the Tacky Glue. You want to be sure you have a smooth thin coat of glue on top, bottom, ends and sides.
Bracelet 4 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr Lay the shape glued side down onto the wrong side of tissue paper. Use your scissors to cut straight in on both sides at each end. Wrap the sides around and press into the glue. Add more glue where tissue overlaps.
Bracelet 5 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr Use scissors to cut away tissues from the sides leaving enough to cover the edge. Apply more glue if needed and glue the tissue to the sides.
Bracelet 6 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr If you are left with an area on the back of the shape that does not have tissue, just cut a small piece and glue in place. You should now have a shape that is completely covered in tissue. Repeat with various colors of tissue and set all aside to dry.
Bracelet 7 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr To get the glossy look, I apply the 3D glaze to the top of the shape by squeezing directly from the bottle. Repeat for each piece and set aside to dry undisturbed overnight.
Bracelet 8 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr For an added dimension on my pieces, I also cut cardboard to various shapes, covered them in tissue and 3D glaze and glued them in place over the resin pieces. You will also need to use a toothpick to poke holes in the tissue paper to open up the stringing holes that are covered by the tissue.Arrange your pieces on your work surface to determine pattern for your bracelet.Next, measure wrist to determine desired length of bracelet. Be sure to add about 6″ extra to each piece to allow for tying and knotting the ends and to be sure that the bracelet fits over your wrist and fits comfortable on your arm. Also, you may want to add beads in between the pieces, so add extra for that too!
Bracelet 9 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr I created several large triangle pieces for my bracelet which glue over the three rows of the bracelet. Here I am checking out placement. After I have tied my bracelets together in the next step, then I glue these in place with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. This gives me the opportunity to give more spacing between each bracelet if I want that. I found that I really wanted to try the bracelet on first, see how it fit and then I glued these on the finished bracelet.
Bracelet 10 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr If you have ever used stretch cord before, you know that when you knot it, you need to add a dab of instant glue to the knot so that the knot will hold. Let that glue dry completely and then cut off the excess ends.
Bracelet 11 Triple Chunky Bracelet by Savannah Starr Here I am wearing my new triple chunky bracelet :) I LOVE it!

 


 

Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers

Brown Bag Handle Bangles by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers loves to upcycle and recycle! Here’s a clever idea for upcycling brown grocery bag handles into fashionable bangles. Featured on EcoHeidi TV!

Watch the entire Green Bling episode of EcoHeidi TV

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue in the Gold Bottle
Aleene’s® Spray Acrylic Sealer™ Gloss
Brown grocery bags with handles (two handles for each bangle)
Scissors
Toothpick (to apply and spread glue)
Clothespins (to hold together while drying)
Jar (desired size is determined by desired size of finished bangle)
Rubberband
Acrylic paint (your choice of color plus black and/or gold)
Cosmetic sponge
Stencil (I use the mesh bags that you find many vegetables packaged in or the mesh that comes on the back of mosaic tiles)

Brown Bag Bangle 1 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Remove two handles from grocery bags.
 Brown Bag Bangle 2 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers To flatten handle into strip, run folds over scissors edge. (This would be similar to how you use scissors to curl ribbon.)
 Brown Bag Bangle 3 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut approximately 2″ from each end of strip to remove the stiff ends.
Brown Bag Bangle 5 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers To join two strips together, apply approximately 4″ of glue to end of wrong side of one strip (the side with the seam).
 Brown Bag Bangle 6 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Overlap to glue the ends of the two strips together ad hold in place with clothespins while glue dries.
 Brown Bag Bangle 7 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers To create bangle, wrap strip around jar to determine overlap. Apply glue to one end of strip (approximately 4″).
Brown Bag Bangle 8 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Bring other end around to start to form bangle. Apply a small dab of glue to unglued end.
 Brown Bag Bangle 9 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Press to join together.
 Brown Bag Bangle 10 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Slip onto jar and secure with rubberband. Leave undisturbed until completely dry.
Brown Bag Bangle 11 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers When dry, remove bangle from jar. To create a smooth final surface on the bangle, cut strip of brown bag approximately twice as wide as your bangle. Glue to outside of bangle, wrapping excess around to inside and glue in place. Use fingers to smooth brown bag. Let dry completely.
 Brown Bag Bangle 12 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Paint bangle inside and out. Let dry.
 Brown Bag Bangle 13 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Select desired pattern to use as stencil.
 Brown Bag Bangle 14 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Wrap around outside of bangle and hold in place.
 Brown Bag Bangle 15 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Dab sponge in black paint to pick up paint. Do not oversaturate with paint – a little goes a long way. Dab over entire stencil area being careful not to let stencil move.
Brown Bag Bangle 16 Brown Bag Handle Bangle by EcoHeidi Borchers Remove to reveal design. Let dry completely.Spray bangle with gloss to seal and add shine.