Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Crocheted Fabric Bracelets

For those of you who may have missed out my guest post yesterday, I thought I'd publish the tutorial here too.

Now I don't know about you, but I tend to save scraps.  Tiny scraps.  Scraps that are totally worthless.  But once in a while I find some little use for them.  Such as these super easy crocheted fabric bracelets.  Want to make one?

Here's what you'll need:
-Some long skinny strips of fabric (about a half inch wide or more is best)
-a crochet hook
-sewing machine (optional)

Step 1: Tying a slip knot
Grab your fabric strip.

Loosely tie a slip knot a couple of inches away from one end of your fabric strip.  Insert your crochet hook into the loop in your slip knot and pull tight.  (Not super tight, but tight enough so your crochet hook won't slip out.)

Step 2: Holding your fabric strip
Let your crochet hook (still inside the knot) rest on the table for a minute.  Reach a few inches down your strip away from your knot and let the fabric strip drape across your hand.

Curl your middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger in toward your palm, gently holding your fabric strip in place.

Rest your thumb on your index finger with the fabric strip in between.

Now, extend your middle finger out and slide your thumb down to meet it, holding the fabric in between these fingers.

Step 3: Crocheting a chain
Cross your crochet hook in front of your fabric strip (the part showing in between your thumb and index finger).

Wrap the tip of your crochet hook around the fabric.

It should now look about like this.  (Sorry some of these pictures are mega blurry.  I must have been doing this really late at night.  Oops!)

Now, catch the fabric strip in your hook and pull it down through the loop that the handle of your crochet hook has been coming up through.

Continue wrapping your hook around and pulling it through the loop until you have a nice little chain.

You may run out of fabric before your bracelet is long enough.  I mean, we are working with scraps here, people, so there's no telling how long each little scrap may be.  You'll want to keep it to a minimum, but if this happens, keep your crochet hook in the loop you just finished.

Tie a new fabric strip on with a square knot and keep on going.  Just trim down the ends where you tied your strips together.

Step 4: Finishing your chain
Once your chain is as long as you'd like it to be, just use your hook to pull the end of your fabric strip through the last loop.  Crocheting a chain is basically just tying one long knot, so it'll stay put just like that.

Step 5: Securing your bracelet with a zigzag stitch (optional)
When I first made the bracelet pictured here in our little tutorial a few weeks ago I just stopped after Step 4, tied that puppy around my wrist, and went happily along my way.  But, after a while, that spot where I had tied two strips of fabric together began to come undone.  Sad, sad day.

You can remedy this (or prevent it from happening in the first place) by sewing a zigzag stitch down the length of your crocheted chain.

It'll hold everything in place just where you'd like it to be and still allow your bracelet to keep that little bit of natural crocheted stretch.  I've been wearing the same bracelet--now with a zigzag stitch--for weeks now and it holds up really great.

Step 6: Tie it on!
You're done!

Just tie that baby on your wrist!

Then go outside and bask in the sun or something.  Doesn't wearing a bracelet like this just make you want to play outside and go for walks and roast marshmallows over a campfire?  Hooray for spring and summer!


Bridget said...

Another post taunting me because I can't crochet- thanks a lot! Just kidding, it looks great and someday when I learn to crochet I'll make one. said...

That is so sweet and pretty. Perfect for spring! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Dymphie said...

these are lovely, mind if I link too?

Catharina Maria said...

These are lovely and i hope to make one !
♥ Rini ♥