I love all of the braided fabric bracelets, headbands, etc... going around Pinterest. What a great way to turn scraps of fabric or old t-shirts into something new and beautiful. I pinned these a few days ago, but I wanted to make some using silver clamps.
1. Strips of fabric (about 10'' by 1.5'')
4. Fray Check
I had never used these clamps before, but they are great. Already I've made about 6 different kinds of bracelets with them. They are easy to use, and a great way to make handmade jewelry look more polished and professional.
What you do:
First prepare your fabric strips. You can use any kind of fabric. The blue and green bracelets were made with a lighter cotton fabric, and the orange bracelet was made with a stiffer heavier fabric. Cut 3 strips of fabric about 10 inches long and 1.5 inches wide (maybe a little longer for a larger bracelet). Fold the fabric into thirds and secure using a little bit of Liquid Stitch. I also used a little fray check along the edges.
1. Arrange the 3 strips side by side inside of the metal clamp (the one I used was 3/4'' wide).
2. Use pliers to clamp shut the silver pinch. Make sure that the clamp is secure all of the way across.
3. Start braiding. For the orange and green bracelets, I braided the strips keeping them flat and not folding the pieces over at all. For the blue bracelet, I folded over each piece as a braided it. You could do it either way... it just gives a slightly different look.
4. Decide how long you want the bracelet to be. Remember that the silver chain will make it a little longer. Trim the ends evenly.
5. Use the second clamp to secure the ends. Add a little chain of links to one end.
6. Attach a silver clasp, or whatever you want to use. These silver clasps came with the clamps I bought at Joann's.
That's it. I love these bracelets. You can make them with any fabric, and each color and material gives a slightly different look.