Arm Candy: Upcycled Bangle Bracelets
Upcycle scraps of fabric into cool and colorful bangles. Simple floral, graphic, or plaid cottons are best for the bright, fun accessories.
Photography: James Ransom
Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2014
Wooden bangles, in various sizes, from $3 each, diybangles.com
- A half yard of fabric will cover at least 10 bracelets.
- Lightweight cotton fabric works best, since it’s supple and creates a smooth finished product.
- The fabric edges will fray slightly, giving each bangle a nice texture. For a more durable bracelet, brush a coat of decoupage finish onto both the interior and exterior surfaces.
- Kids can easily master the process (just cut the strips for them first).
Lightweight cotton fabric
Using rotary cutter and straight edge, cut fabric into 3/4-inch strips on self-healing mat (there’s no need to cut on bias). Length needed will depend on size of bangle: Widest ones shown require a few strips totaling 100 inches; narrow ones need about 90 inches.
Dab a dot of glue onto inside of bangle and press end of a fabric strip there, holding in place about a minute.
Wrap strip around bangle, overlapping and leaving about 1/3 inch exposed, pulling fabric taut. When you reach strip’s end, glue to inside of bangle. Repeat until bangle is fully covered.