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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Make Braided Leather Stacked Bracelets

Learn how to make these fun braided leather bracelets. You can wear them alone or all together for a stacked look.

How to Make Braided Leather Stacked Bracelets
Something that's caught my eye lately in jewelry, is stacked leather bracelets. I've seen them in all sorts of fun colors and with trendy charms. So I set out to figure out how to make them myself. I decided to go with a neutral brown cord and antique gold accents. I love how they turned out.


Want to make your own Braided Leather Bracelets?

Here's what you need: {supplies courtesy of Cousin Corporation}
Suede Cord
3 pc Owl Metal Slide
Findings Starter Pack - Antique Gold
Ribbon Ends - Antique Gold
Large Circle Chain - Antique Gold
Chain - Antique Gold

We'll start with the Owl bracelet.
1. Cut 4 pieces of cord to 9". Add a ribbon end to one end of each piece of cord. Connect them together with a jump ring.
2. Begin weaving. I started with the left side and wove over, under over. Then repeated to the end of the braid always starting with the left side.
3. Once you get to the end of the braid, measure the bracelet around your wrist {keeping in mind that you'll need about 1/2" for the clasp} and trim excess cord. Add ribbon ends to the end of braided pieces. It will probably come unraveled a bit at the end as you do this. Just re-braid the ends. Connect the ends with a jump ring. Add a clasp to one end.
4. Slide on the metal sliders and owl charm.

How to Make Braided Leather Stacked Bracelets

For the braided bracelet with the chain interwoven, I did the same thing but used a different style of braid.  I used this 4 strand braid tutorial{use the braid in the first half of the video}  but in place of one of the leather strands, use a length of chain. I did 2 pieces of cord, one piece of chain and then one piece of cord when I started the braid. So the chain rotated between the 3rd and 2nd spots for the entire braid.  I normally use this braid in my girls hair, either with all hair or with a ribbon in place of one of the strands of hair. 

And lastly the middle bracelet is very simple.
1- Start with 2 lengths of cord 8" long. Remove a single link from the large chain.
2 - Fold one cord in half, place the loop through the chain link. Then pull the ends of the cord through the loop in the cord. Pull tight. Repeat with other cord.
3 - Trim cords, attach ribbon ends to each end of cord. Connect with jump rings and attach a lobster clasp to one end.

This was my first time using leather cording. I found it was easy to work with and brings a natural element to the bracelets.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

No-Sew Winter Table Runner

I wanted to make a winter table runner for my kitchen table. I wanted something simple and easy. I settled on a felt snowflake table runner.  Since felt doesn't fray, it made it the perfect choice for a no-sew project.

No-Sew Winter Table Runner
 I will admit that cutting out the snowflakes took longer than I wanted, but once they were cut out, it came together really quickly. I can picture a Valentines table runner using the same idea. It would be even easier though since hearts are so much easier to cut out.

Want to make your own No-Sew Winter Table Runner?


You will need:
snowflake template
hot glue

No-Sew Winter Table Runner

I started with a piece of felt 18" X 36" plus some to cut out 18 snowflakes. My snowflakes were 5" in diameter. I found my pattern and cut out a template with my Silhouette. I found that the best way to cut out the snowflakes precisely, was to tape the card stock snowflake over the felt with packing tape. Then simply cut it out. The tape helps keep it in place so it's not moving around when you're cutting. I used the same template for all of the snowflakes, by the end the card stock had quite the layer of tape over it.

Next I folded the felt in half longways. I took a bowl and traced around it to create a rounded edge. Cut along the line. Open up and place your snowflakes how you want them. I placed each snowflake halfway on the felt.  Then simply hot glue each snowflake in place.

No-Sew Winter Table Runner
There you have it, a simple winter table runner.

A few other winter projects:
crocheted winter hat

snowflake necklace

crocheted mittens

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Make a Burlap Bag

Today I'm going to show you how to make a decorative burlap bag. You can fill it with whatever you want, I chose pine cones for now.  I love the little knotted fringe and the ribbon interwoven through the burlap. 

How to Make a Burlap Bag

Want to make your own Burlap Bag?

You will need:
sewing machine 

How to Make a Burlap Bag

Step 1 - Cut a piece of burlap 20" X 14". Then unravel 2 1/2" on a 14" side.

Step 2 - Take 6 strands at a time and knot them. When you get to the end, you may not have exactly the right amount. I had 10 pieces left so instead of 6 and 4, I did the last two knots with 5 strands each.

Step 3 - About 1 inch from the knots start removing strands of burlap. I used 1/4" ribbon, so I removed 4 strands.

Step 4 - Weave the ribbon through the burlap. I wove it through 6 strands at a time so it would match up with the knots.

Step 5 - Fold your bag in half and sew along the side and bottom. I would recommend either a zig zag stitch or surge it so it won't unravel.

Step 6 - With your bag still right side out, sew a straight stitch to make a little triangle as shown in the picture above. Repeat with both sides. This will form the bottom of the bag.

Step 7 - Turn right side out. Then fold over the top edge of the bag.

How to Make a Burlap Bag
What will you fill your bag with?

Other projects with burlap:

Burlap and Lace Mason Jars

Upholstery Tack Candles

Pine Cone Flowers

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