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Gavin’s Crochet Bracelets

Gavin's Crochet Bracelets

Gavin's Crochet Bracelets

In this week’s DIY tutorial, Gavin shares how to make his puffy crochet bracelets.  Taught to crochet by his grandmother, this teen LOVES to crochet everything from dolls to wearables and can whip up one of these bracelets in about 10 minutes! He’s proud to wear his cuffs in his favorite color….red but also enjoys making these bracelets in all colors for guys and girls. He says that he really enjoyed crocheting with this variegated yarn because it was “so soft”.  Watch Gavin’s YouTube video tutorial!


 

Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings

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Emitations Jewel Loom Beaded Bracelet

I have been wanting to create a bracelet on the Jewel Loom for months, so when Emitations.com reached out to me to design a project for their Clip On Creativity campaign, I was really excited! My dear friend Julianna Hudgins designed and patented the Jewel Loom which brings me back 20+ years when we first met and immediately bonded over our love of beading. We even wrote a beading book together back in the day!

Check out my YouTube video to see all the steps in making this stylish bracelet and find out how you can enter to win a Jewel Loom Kit and two pair of Emitations.com clip-on earrings! Also, you will LOVE all the awesome design ideas on the Jewel Loom page on Facebook! 

 Emitations.com Clip On Earrings I am delighted to have been invited to participate in the Emitations.com Clip On Creativity challenge and their aqua and blue clip-on earrings and petitie faux pearl button clip-on earrings immediately caught my eye. The Jewel Loom is very easy to use to create an interchangeable looped bracelet! So, these clip-ons double as the focal point for this beaded bracelet and can be easily removed to wear as earrings!
MATERIALS
Emitations.com Clip On Earrings
Jewel Loom Kit by Julianna Hudgins
Beads (6/0 for bracelet base, seed and focal beads for loops)
Wildfire Thread
Scissors
e6000 Glue
Ribbon clasp
Flat nose jewelry pliers
Wooden skewer (or toothpick)
 Jewel Loom The Jewel Loom kit includes the loom, tension rod, beading needle, needle threader and instruction booklet.
 Emitations-2 The first step is to insert the tension rod into the loom.
Emitations-3 Following the package instructions, set up loom with 7 strands of warp threads. This set-up will allow for 6 rows of beads which I decided on based on the width of the clip-on earrings.
Emitations-4 Following the package instructions, stitch rows of beads onto warp threads.
Emitations-6 Continue adding bead rows until you have reached the desired length. Keep in mind that you also need to include the length of the ribbon clasp in your measurement. Watch Julianna’s YouTube video to learn her technique to create the thread selvedges at each end of the bracelet. This selvedge will help to anchor the ribbon clasp.
Emitations-7 Clip on the earrings to the bracelet to determine placement.
Emitations-9 On this bracelet, I used 3 seed beads, one focal bead and 3 seed beads to create each loop. Watch Julianna’s YouTube video to learn how to create the loops.
Emitations-11 Once you have created loops for one side of the bracelet, repeat for other end.
Emitations-13 Once you have completed the loops, you can carefully cut the bracelet from the loom.
Emitations-14 Here’s what it looks like from the back.
Emitations-15 (Note that in her how-to video, Julianna recommends this gluing step before you cut the bracelet from the loom :)  I used a wooden skewer to apply glue over the selvedge threads and to secure the warp threads. I let it dry approximately 1 hour before cutting off the excess warp threads and attaching the ribbon clasp. Enjoy wearing your interchangeable beaded bracelet!

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Disclosure: Clip-On Earrings provided by Emitations.com and Jewel Loom provided by Julianna Hudgins. Design concept, other supplies and opinions are my own. I do receive compensation for Jewel Loom sales procured through post link via Amazon Associates.

 

Spellbinders Statement Ring & No-Sew Fabric Cuff

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Spellbinders Statement Ring and No-Sew Cuff

Designed by Lisa Fulmer featuring A Gilded Life from Spellbinders®

Create your own touch of Parisian style with this fleur-de-lis statement ring, made from a bronze-tone bezel filled with sparkly beads. The fleur-de-lis is my most favorite symbol and décor element – I Spellbinders Logo 2014even have one tattooed above my heart! Finish adorning your lovely hand with a no-sew fabric and canvas cuff, embellished with dimensional metal buttons. I inked up the die to lightly color and deboss the canvas with a delicate pattern in just one pass through the Grand Caliber machine. Watch my YouTube video tutorial to learn how to make this beautiful combo.

Designed by A Gilded Life Studios for Spellbinders, this beautiful new line of bezels, dies and more is bursting with royalty and bold romance.

Supplies:

Small Fleur bezel
Vintage Brocade die
Artisan Explorer or Grand Calibur diecutting machine
Heavy duty clippers
Small faceted beads
Heart bead
Flat-back crystals
Ice Resin
Beading pliers – round and flat nose
Heavy gauge wire
Raw canvas
Cotton fabric
Rotary trimmer
Dye ink pad
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Adhesive
Iron and pad
Straight pins
Grosgrain ribbon
Grommet and tool
Elastic cord
Buttons
Needle and thread

Spellbinders Statement Ring designed by Lisa Fulmer

Spellbinders Statement Ring designed by Lisa Fulmer

Ring:

1.  Clip off the loops at each end of the bezel.

2.  Fill the bezel with small faceted beads.

3.  Prepare the resin according to the manufacturer’s directions and fill the bezel with resin.

4.  Place a heart bead in the center on top of the faceted beads and set aside.

5.  Before the resin is completely set and dry, place some flatback gems on the resin while it’s still tacky to accent. Allow to dry completely.

6.  Wrap some wire around your finger to determine the proper length and trim.

7.  Feed each end of the wire through the holes from the back of the bezel and make small loops at each end. Angle the loops with the pliers to nest in close to the edge of the bezel.

8.  Use flat-nose pliers to pinch the ring wire in at the top (on the back of the ring) and then smooth out the circle as needed to fit comfortably on your finger.

 

Spellbinders Vintage Brocade No-Sew Fabric Cuff designed by Lisa Fulmer

Spellbinders Vintage Brocade No-Sew Fabric Cuff designed by Lisa Fulmer

Cuff:

1.  Lightly rub an almost-dry stamp pad over the die.

2.  Place the die on the magnet sheet attached to a base plate, then place a strip of canvas evenly on top.

3.  Add the blanket and the embossing plate on top and run it through the machine.

4.  Take out the printed canvas, trim around the design as needed and heat set the ink with an iron.

5.  Trim a piece of fabric about a half inch larger than the canvas all the way around. Lay the fabric wrong side up, then place the canvas on top right side up. Press in some seams to fold up over the edges of the canvas on the two long sides.

6.  Glue the seams in place and let dry. Glue some thin grosgrain ribbon on top to accent the edges.

7.  Trim and miter the corners of the ends of the cuff and glue them down. Pin to hold in place while they dry.

8.  To make a closure, punch a hole at one end and insert a grommet. Loop a piece of elastic cord through the grommet with a knot in the back.

9.  Sew on some decorative buttons, placing one button at the other end of the cuff to loop the cord around.


 

Embroidered Denim Bracelets – Indygo Junction Stitched Style

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Indygo Junction's Stitched Style Blog TourI’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 Indygo Junction's Stitched Style book by Amy Barickmanembroidered 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-3Amy 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 Fabricswith 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.

Prize

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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Wool Spiral Needlefelted Beads by Lisa Fulmer

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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Yarn Bracelet & Wire Coil Earrings by Tiffany Windsor

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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Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers

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)

Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 1 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.
Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 2 Use a craft knife to cut between the tape lines then use scissors to cut a clean edge on the bracelets.
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 3 Remove blue tape from cut bracelets.
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 4 Apply a dab of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to the inside of the bracelet.
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 5 Press end of fabric strip into glue and begin wrapping fabric strip around bracelet.
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 6 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.
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 7 Add dots of glue to outside of bracelet wherever you want to glue a felt flower.
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 8 Apply dot of glue to center of each flower.
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 9 Press felt dots in center of flower(s).
 Felt Floral Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 10 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

Floss and Button Water Bottle Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

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

Floss and Button Friendship Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 1 Working approximately 1″ up from bottom of bottle, apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape around bottle.
Floss and Button Friendship Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 2 Space tape approximately 1/4″ apart on bottle.
Floss and Button Friendship Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 3 Using craft knife, carefully punch into side of bottle and cut along tape line approximately 3″.
Floss and Button Friendship Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 4 Use scissors to cut out bracelets.
ss and Button Friendship Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 7 Punch holes in bracelet using largest button as measurement for spacing.
Floss and Button Friendship Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 6 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

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.
Run a bead of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue to tack down the end of your first fabric strip.
Begin wrapping the fabric around the tube tightly, add more glue as you go.
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.
Place the large buttons first.
Fill in with the smaller buttons.

 


Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

Window Screen Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

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

Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 1 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.
Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 2 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.
Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 3 Overlap ends and staple to hold in place.
Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 4 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.)
Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 5 Apply additional ue around outside of bracelet. Set aside to dry. Next, apply line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue along other edge of bracelet.
Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 6 When the glue is dry, it will be clear.
Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 7 Dab cosmetic sponge into paint and dab onto inside and outside of bracelet painting over the glued areas and all the wire. Let dry.
Window Screen Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers - 8 You can paint your bracelets one color or create your own color combinations.
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