Diy Pearl And Bow Bracelet

by Destri on January 17, 2013

Diy Bow And Pearl Bracelet

This is one of those things I wish you could see in person; it really is the sweetest little bracelet set.  My daughter and I have a daily tea party, and it’s quite the event.  While I get a little work done in the morning, she is busy setting everything up, then she comes and announces it’s time, wearing something she’s “just thrown together” (aka everything in her closet). I then go put on a hat or something to prove I am taking the occasion seriously.  I talk in a British accent (channeling my inner Kate) and she calls me Lucille.  I know, corny, but she thinks it’s the best.  Anyhoo, it has become a favorite part of my day and I’ve been thinking I could make a few things to add to the spirit of our little ritual.  These pearl and bow bracelets turned out so cute though, I am thinking they need to go to church, the store, dance class…

Pearl and Bow Bracelet

I liked it so much, I decided I might as well have one too. You know, for the tea party :).  They are super easy to make, and I will show you how you can make them with or without a sewing machine.  Perfect for a little Valentine, yes?

Catch me after the jump for the DIY!

Time For Tea Bracelet Tutorial

Pearl Bracelet With Bow Tutorial

You can make these any size, using little bits of fabric you have (yay for scrap busters!), and I will include the measurements I used for these two here.

Supplies:

  • pearls – I used larger for mine, and smaller for my girl’s. You can find them in the jewelry making section of your favorite craft store
  • fabric – something with a smaller print or a solid looks best
  • elastic cording for pearls with larger opening, or elastic thread for smaller openings
  • stitch witchery, or fabric glue, or a sewing machine
  • hot glue gun
  • needle with larger eye

Fabric Cuts:

Again, you can make these any size. To determine the size, you can just make a little template from paper and hold it to the wrist who’ll be wearing it.  Cut it to size, measure and double the length then add a 1/2 inch for the width and length to allow for the seam allowance. My cuts were as follows:

  • Larger – 2¾ x 7 inches
  • Smaller – 1½ x 4½ inches

Keep in mind you may need larger pieces for the kind of bow you’re making.

Sewing Instructions:

Before we get started, let me say there are many ways to make a bow. You can use your favorite method and just skip to the bracelet part, but make sure it is sturdy. If you have a thin fabric, add a little interfacing, or double up on the bow.

I tried this way first with my sewing machine – fold over the fabric with right sides together,  then sew up the sides and leave a little opening to turn out on the top.  Snip corners.

Turn out and press, sew up the opening. Then make a little tri-fold piece to use on the center of the bow.  Wrap it around the bow, and secure in back with needle and thread or the fabric glue.

To get those pleats – pinch in the center on the front, and then fold the sides in.  Just play with it until it looks right.

No Sew Instructions:

For the no-sew just use the stitch witchery per package instructions or fabric glue to secure the sides (really you could fold in half with one seam – but my fabric wasn’t wide enough).

Fold in the sides to the center, and secure as you did before.

Then add a little tri-folded piece to the center and secure in place with the glue or a thread and needle. To get that pleat, I pinched in the center on the back.

Really, I liked the stiffness the stitch witchery gave the bow, and fabric glue would do the same.

For the bracelet, measure the wrist with a piece of string to determine the length, make it is snug because the bow will allow a little ease.

For the larger pearls all I had to do was tie a knot at the end of the cord and add the pearls and then tie another knot at the end.

For the smaller pearls with the elastic thread, I used a needle to thread on the pearls.  the first and last pearls, I took the needle through twice to make a knot on each side.

You want the pearl strand to match the length you measured above.

Now take and glue one pearl onto the underside of the bow like shown. Just a little dab, and hold in place until set.

Then repeat on the other side. Trim any ends.

Bow and Pearl Bracelet Tutorial

That’s it! I made an extra bracelet of just pearls to make a set for my little one.  Just thread on the pearls, and tie a knot at the ends. Easy peasy.

bow and pearl bracelet diy

Now all that’s left to do is slip it on.  I am starting to wonder if I will ever get tired of bows.  I am thinking the same idea used as a necklace would be super cute on a little one too…I might have to do it.

So now you have an idea for a sweet little Valentine, I expect to see pictures :)

I feel like I should mention this bracelet wouldn’t be suitable for little ones 3 and under – I know you know that…but just in case.

Thanks for reading friends!

Destri

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Shasta January 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Oh my word, that is adorable! I’ve got pearls too!

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Destri January 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I am thinking Bella definitely needs one, or three :)

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anne | flax & twine January 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Destri,
These are adorable. It reminds me that its been a long time since I made jewelry! so cute! xxoo

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Destri January 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

Thanks Anne!

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Brandi January 20, 2013 at 8:59 am

I love this and I am going to make it for my 4yr old who loves to dress up. I thought Instead of glueing the bracelet to the back of the bow you could thread the string through the back and tie it to make it stronger, my kids are ruff on there things so I always think of ways to make things stronger.

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Destri January 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

Brandi, I thought of doing the same, which would be super simple with the looped bow. I was impressed with how great they have held up. I super stretched them and everything :) I do have a high heat hot glue gun though. Let me know how it goes!

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brandi January 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Destri
It turned out great I made three of them from an old necklace that had broke, one for each of my daughters and 1 for a topper for a birthday gift. I took a picture and plan on showing off to my facebook friends.

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brandi January 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Oh and I used jewelry elastic thats clear since I did not have the one you used on hand, I buy it at Michaels store in the bead section

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Sarah N January 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Oh it is so cute that you have a tea party every day! The bracelets are really sweet too :)

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HeatherKay January 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

I love this! Adorable! I might use your bow-tie instructions to make bow-ties for me wee doggies too! And my girls will love these! Thanks for sharing your tea party story – that is so sweet :-)

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Anna August 7, 2013 at 3:57 am

These are so cute!! i just happened to find this page while googling good DIY bracelet ideas. After looking through what felt like over a hundred ideas, i saw this one and instantly loved it! I’ve been really into bows lately, and the pearls with it are adorable. It seems easy enough to make, and i’m happy i know how to make bows now. I’m meeting one of my favorite singers in about a month and i think i’m going to try and make her one of these, maybe try and incorporate her name into it also! Thanks so much for posting this cute idea, i’m excited to try it! =)

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Destri August 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

You are welcome! So happy it will be used in such a fun way. Have a blast meeting your favorite singer :)

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Meegan February 26, 2014 at 9:29 am

I love this idea! Its so very sweet! I have a pattern for a dress with a bow and this bracelet would be perfect for it! Thanks for sharing! Also just a heads up, didn’t know if you knew this but I first found this on pinterest but it takes you to a Chinese beading company! The site is nbeads.com & if you search pearl & bow bracelet they’ve taken your tutorial pics and added they’re web address to it. So all anyone on pinterest sees is the nbeads thing. At the very bottom of the post on their website they give your web address and say that the tutorial pictures were taken from you, but who’s going to see that?? You deserve more credit than that for this cute tutorial!!! I’ve repinned this to my pinterest with your link & I’m deleting the other, credit given where credits due!

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