Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tutorial: Ribbon and Pearl Stretch Bracelets

Last night the women's group at my husband's seminary held a craft night. Everyone was given the option of bringing their own craft or participating in a group craft. I helped to plan the event and was responsible for picking the group craft and preparing the materials. After contemplating a few ideas and gathering inspiration from Pinterest, I decided that these bracelets would be perfect. There are a lot of bracelets in this style around the web, so this isn't an original idea by any means, but I put my own spin on it by making the bracelets with stretch cord so that they are easy to take on and off...tie the ribbon once and you're done! I've given instructions for three different versions of the bracelet: The Wave, The Pleat, and The Fold. Each has a slightly different look. The Wave and The Pleat are the easiest, and The Fold is slightly harder. A printable version of the instructions can be found here.

I owe credit to the Potomac Bead Company in Ocean City, NJ where I was first introduced to making ribbon and bead jewelry through their ribbon & bead necklace class. I learned what I am calling "The Fold" technique from that class.


Materials:
  • Collapsible Eye Needle
  • 12 mm glass pearls (12-15)
  • 1 yard of 3/8" ribbon
  • 2 ft. Stretch Magic cord, .5mm thickness
  • Fray Check
Step 1: Thread the Stretch Magic cord through the eye of your needle. Pull the needle to the midpoint of the cord and knot the ends of the cord together 2-3 times. You should now have a double strand of cord attached to your needle with a large knot at the end of the cord.

Step 2: Measure 7 inches in from the end of your ribbon and tie a knot, but do not pull the knot completely tight.

Step 3: Feed your needle through the knot in your ribbon. Your needle should enter the knot on the side next to the 7-inch tail, and come out on the side with the long length of ribbon. Pull the cord through the ribbon knot, stopping just before the knot in your Stretch Magic reaches the ribbon knot.

Step 4: Tighten the knot in your ribbon all the way, securing the Stretch Magic cord inside of the ribbon knot. Pull on the needle end of the Stretch Magic, until the knot becomes lodged inside of the ribbon knot. To further secure the stretch magic, make a couple small stitches in and out of the ribbon, right at the base of the ribbon knot. Now you're ready to add the beads!

Step 5: Decide which style bracelet you want to make, and follow the corresponding instructions below:

The Wave

  1. Thread a pearl onto your needle and slide it down the cord until it is flush with the knot in your ribbon.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the pearl and sew through the ribbon at the point where the ribbon touches the hole on the opposite side of the pearl.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you reach the desired length of your bracelet.

The Pleat
  1. Thread a pearl onto your needle and slide it down the cord until it is flush with the knot in your ribbon.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the pearl and sew through the ribbon at the point where the ribbon touches the hole on the opposite side of the pearl.
  3. Sew back up through the ribbon .5" from your previous stitch.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you reach the desired length of your bracelet. When adding the last pearl, stop after step 2. Do not make the second stitch.

The Fold
  1. Thread a pearl onto your needle and slide it down the cord until it is flush with the knot in your ribbon.
  2. Fold the ribbon down at a 90 degree angle next to the pearl as pictured in the photo. Sew through the middle of the triangle shaped section of the fold.
  3. Thread another pearl onto your needle and slide it down the cord until it is flush with the folded ribbon.
  4. Fold the ribbon down at a 90 degree angle in the opposite direction and sew through the triangle shaped section of the fold.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you reach the desired length of your bracelet.

Step 6: It's time to finish your bracelet. Make a knot in the Stretch Magic, tightening it so that it is flush with the ribbon against the last pearl in your bracelet. Knot the cord a couple more times to build up the size of the knot so that it is securely fastened.


Step 7: Holding the tail of the Stretch Magic cord and the tail of the ribbon together, make a knot. The knot should be flush with the last pearl in your bracelet. When you have completed this step, both ends of your bracelet should look the same. You should have a knot at the start and a knot at the end. Trim the tails of the Stretch Magic cord.


Step 8: To finish your bracelet, you can either knot the two ribbon tails together or tie them in a bow. Whichever style you choose, make sure that you tie it tightly. Trim the ends of your ribbon and seal them with a small amount of Fray Check.


Step 9: Admire your beautiful new bracelet!



19 comments:

  1. where did you get your collapsible eye needle? I can't find them anywhere nor does anyone know what they are.

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  2. You can try Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=collapsible+eye+needles&tag=googhydr-20&index=arts-crafts&hvadid=14316048810&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1093090797791492045&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&ref=pd_sl_206e5qgjz9_e

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  3. Michael's has the needles. I made two of these today and it was so fun!

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  4. great tutorial - mine turned out fantastic!

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  5. Thanks for this great tutorial! This looks like a great craft for my daughter's upcoming birthday party later this month. If we make these, I will be sure to give you a link.

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  6. thanks for the tutorial, I shared a link to your site on Try it - Like it

    http://tryit-likeit.com/entries/create/pearl-and-ribbon-bracelet-diy

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing! Beautiful!

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  8. maravilhosas amei tudo parĂ¡bens!

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  9. Awesome tutorial. I've seen these in stores, and I was certain it was something I could make (instead of buying it for way-too-much), and thanks to you, I was right! These were so fun to make, and look beautiful! Thank you :D

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  10. Hey, i am very excited to see your creative tips. I am waiting to see my bracelet which made by myself. i have also seen some bracelet in some sites.
    New Fashion Jewelry

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  11. thank you for your tutorial. I was able to make these pretty ones :D

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  12. I cannot find a collapsible needle in my area. Is there any other needles I can use, like a regular needle that you can sew with? Thanks. The tutorial is great :)

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  13. Great tutorial :) your article is great :)


    Stretching
    exercises with pictures

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  14. Great tutorial! I made my first bracelet, and it came out good, but with more practice, will come out great. One issue I am finding is that when I put the bracelet on, it gets all twisted...is easily fixed by re-adjusting, but just wondered if this is normal.

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  15. quite nice hand made bracelet
    i m successful to making one of them thank you so much

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  16. Thank you for this tutorial! I'm going to use it for our upcoming MOPs meeting! Imagine my surprise when I was browsing Pinterest and it brought me to this page and when I clicked on another one of your links with your picture, I realized I knew you from Wheaton! I hope you're doing well and congratulations on your new baby!

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  17. Hi Amy! Thanks so much for your sweet note! I'm so glad that we could reconnect through this project! I'm excited that you're going to be using it for your MOPs meeting. Hope you are well!

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