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Homemade bracelets big on style

For a stylish summer look, try stacking bracelets and bangles on your arm. They instantly add flair and color to your outfit.

My newest fabric collection, Tangier Ikat for Free Spirit Fabrics, inspired me to use the intricate painted prints in a way that would show off their mix-and-match aesthetic. When searching for inexpensive bangles, make sure they’re smooth and flat, because textures will make it harder for the fabric to stay on and stay smooth. Try to get at least 10 in varying widths, from about 1/4 -inch up to an inch.

Gather:

•Stackable bracelets

•Fabric scraps

•Scissors

•Measuring tape

•Hot glue gun, or strong double-sided tape

Create:

1. Measure the bracelet’s width and circumference to determine the length of fabric needed. Because I love the look of ripped, frayed fabric edges, I cut about 1 inch into the fabric, and then rip it the rest of the way down. However, make sure the fabric is at least a quarter-inch wider than the bracelet, so the frayed edge can extend on either side.

2. Fasten the fabric to the bracelet, using a hot glue gun or double-sided tape. I only did this on the outside so the original gold would still peek through, but you can adhere a coordinating fabric to the inside as well for added color.

3. Repeat this simple process for the rest of your bangles. The more you make, the greater the effect will be, and the more options you’ll have.

You can make a dozen bangles in just half an hour. This would be a great mother-daughter project for Mother’s Day.

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