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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,


  • 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).


  • Rotary cutter

  • Straight edge

  • Lightweight cotton fabric

  • Self-healing mat

  • Craft glue

  • Wooden bangle


  1. 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.

  2. Dab a dot of glue onto inside of bangle and press end of a fabric strip there, holding in place about a minute.

  3. 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.

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