Anthro Inspired Flannel Wrapped Bracelets

Flannel, also known as Tartan Plaid is in again this fall/winter season.  I thought,  what better way to incorporate it into my wardrobe than making some bracelets that will easily accessorize any look, whether casual or dressy?  My inspiration was Anthropologie and all of the various fabric wrapped bracelets that they’ve shown lately.  This DIY wrap bracelet is very easy to make, even if you’re a beginner.  I like the fact that not only are they easy, but you can quickly create them.  By the way, these would also make great gifts for friends and family for the upcoming holidays.

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Step 1:  Measure out the chain to roughly 16″.  You will want enough chain to wrap twice around your wrist and still overlap while it is twisted.  When you measure, if you feel this is not enough length, go ahead and an extra chain link or two. Also, if it ends up a little short, you can always add an extra jump ring or two for additional length.

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Step 2:  Cut your piece of flannel to roughly 1/2″ in thickness by 36″ in length.  It’s always good to have extra, especially because your tying some knots and wrapping the flannel.  Next, tie a knot at the beginning of the chain.

Step 3:  Wrap the fabric through each link of the chain.  As you’re feeding the fabric through each link be cautious of how you’re wrapping it and try and minimize the fabrics fraying as best as you can.  It will fray a little bit, but I think this adds to the look of the bracelet.

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Step 4:  Using the round nose pliers, open the 10mm jump ring and attach another one to it.  Loop the two jump rings to the last link of the bracelet (the one that has the knot in it -as pictured above.) Next, open a 7 mm jump ring and loop the lobster claw clasp into it. Before linking and closing the 7mm ring, insert  the 10 mm ring, and now go ahead and close it. Repeat this process on the other end of the bracelet except you won’t need to add a clasp.  If you find you need more length, add another jump ring or two.  It’s really pretty easy to adjust the length to where you need it.

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Make several DIY wrap bracelets so you can stack them.

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There you have it!  A quick, fun, and easy DIY wrap bracelet to make that will add a little fall fashion variety to your wardrobe.



Frog Closure Necklace

I went to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in downtown L.A. the other day with my daughter Emma.  I had heard so much about the Scholarship Store. Retail companies donate everything in the store that goes towards student scholarships for the school.   I can’t believe I hadn’t been until now.  They had incredible deals on fabric.  Remnants were $1.00 and all other fabric was $2.00 a yard.  I happened upon this bin of frog closures.  I truly had never seen so many closures in one spot… ever.  I grabbed a bag that I thought was really interesting looking for $2.00

These were just so nice.  I liked the everything about them.  The color, texture, and size were all perfect.  These were not your typical frog closures. They did not have a satiny sheen to them.

So, I was mulling over what I could do with these.  I layed them out and started messing with them.  Then it hit me.  I could make a necklace out of these.  This would be an Anthropologie inspired necklace.

Here's the initial layout of the necklace.

  Here’s the initial layout of the necklace.

This necklace was so simple and easy.  This was all I did. After laying the pieces out, I took a needle and thread and sewed the following areas from the back side of the closures.

Sew at marked areas

I made some adjustments as I went.  I wanted the necklace to be a little bit fuller in the front so I added one more frog closure to the bottom row.

To open the necklace just open the frog closure in the back.  There you have a great necklace that is very simple to create yet makes a bold statement.

Side view of finished necklace

I can’t wait to wear this in the summer with a cute dress.

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