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…
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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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!