Monday, December 19, 2011

Pleated Rose Bracelet Tutorial

Here's another tutorial. Perfect for a last minute Christmas gift!

Ever since I saw Flamingo Toes Romantic Ruffled Bracelet I knew I wanted to give a cuff bracelet a try. Here's what I came up with...


I just love how it turned out! :) It might become a new favorite.

Ready? Here's a tutorial to get ya going.

What you'll need...
Fabric scraps
Assortment of Buttons and Beads
Matching Thread
2 complete snaps
Your necessary sewing tools (ie. Scissors, needle, iron, pins, tape measure)

Lets cut the fabric...
-20sih x 4ish for bracelet
-8.5x1.5 (or desired width) for bracelet backing 
-15x 1.5ish (main flower)
-{2} 12x 1ish (rosetta flowers)

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Taking your bracelet piece being pleating it starting from the middle. The idea is to do the pleats back and forth adding slight diagonals and overlapping it some. First pinch a small section (anywhere from 1/8-1/4) and iron it down.

Then pin it and continue.

After you've finished pining continue by basting around the edges using your sewing machine.

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Taking your bracelet backing pin it to the wrong side and top stitch 1/8 inch around the entire backing piece. Trim it down.

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Now its time to embellish your bracelet! For the main flower begin by taking your piece 15"x1.5" and doing a gathering stitch across the bottom. Pulling the thread until it being to create "natural" circles. Simply "mold" your flower into shape and once your satisfied tack it down using a needle and thread.

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Centering it on your bracelet sew it in place.  Moving on to the rosseta flowers, take your 12x1ish piece and twist like a cord.

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Slowing begin rounding it into a circle stopping to tack it down every 1/3-1/2 turn. Continue process until you get the desired size or run out of fabric.

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Arrange all your buttons, beads and little rose flowers. I used 2 buttons. Then start sewing them all down using a needle and thread.

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Now measure your bracelet. You want it to be 1" longer then a comfortable fit on your wrist. If its too long (like mine was) fold it over the necessary length and sew it down. I did about a 1/2" for each end.
Taking your snaps place two on each side and follow your instructions on the box to secure them in place.

Walla! Your all done. I would have gotten a picture of it on me, but alas the camera was not cooperating.

Linking up with Flamingo Toes.


1 comment:

  1. Ohhh I love this as well! Again, novice sewer here, and I think this is a great way to learn to pleat, not to mention ADORABLE!

    Angie @ Desperate Houselife


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