Fabric + cord + hooks & eyes = simply fabulous.
You cannot have too many of these. Really. I mean, with all the wonderful fabrics out there, you’ll find it difficult to choose just one – we couldn’t! Make a stack of these little lovelies and wear a couple at a time. You’ll enjoy telling all your admirers that your jewelry creations are handmade. Dritz® Home cable cord, a hook & eye closure and some basic sewing supplies are all you need. Oh, and fabric, of course. Don’t forget that beautiful fabric!
To get started, you’ll need:
- Dritz® Home 3/16″ cable cord
- Dritz® hook & eye closures (like these)
- 3/8 yard fabric
- Rotary cutter & mat
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine with zipper foot
- Needle & thread
|Cut bias strips (45° diagonally across the weave) that are 1-3/8″ wide. They should total 32″ long when joined.
Cut a 72″ length of cable cord, and mark the center with a marker or pin.
|Trim the ends of your fabric strips at a 45° angle. Omnigrid cutting mats help you to get this dead-on every time!|
|Stitch the ends together like this, to create a really long strip.|
|Place the center mark of the cord on the end of the bias strip, with the print right-side up. Stitch across the cord – half the cord will get covered with fabric, and the other will be exposed. (Just trust us – it’s going to work!)|
|Starting at the stitch, wrap the fabric around the cord, and stitch the casing closed with a zipper foot. Stitch it close, but don’t catch the cord – it MUST have wiggle room to work. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.|
|Pull the fabric toward the opposite half of the cord to turn it right-side out. You may need a safety pin to get this going.|
|Cut the covered cord to 29-1/2″ long.
Uncover both ends, and cut an extra 1/2″ off the cord. Fold the fabric in and stitch closed.
|Find the center of the cord, and fold in half. (Mark it to be safe.) Then fold the other two ends up next to the center fold. This creates the four rows of your “cuff.”
Pin and stitch the rows together.
|For the closure, sew on a hook & eye fastener. Done!|
Now wasn’t that fun? We love it when jewelry making and fabric crafting collide! Want more ideas? We’ve got a Pinterest board that’s loaded with fun and funky jewelry ideas using fabric or sewing notions. Check it out and get planning!
Have you got a clever way to use fabric or sewing notions to make jewelry? Please, do tell!