Saturday, August 7, 2010

How to make a wristlet out of an old sleeve tutorial!

My first tutorial! Decided to try and start with something easy: a wristlet made out of an old, cast-off sleeve.

You will need: old shirt, piece of elastic the width of your wrist, scraps, lace, buttons and any other embellishments. I tea-dyed my piece of shirt but you don't have too.

1) First, cut the sleeve off at the wrist. about 4-5 inches from the end will do! It should look like this:

2) Next, cut a piece of elastic that fits around your wrist. Leave a inch or two at the end to make sure it will overlap. Also, the piece of elastic should fit snugly around your wrist without stretching. The stretch is to make sure it can get over your hand, and the elastic is, of course, so your wristlet doesn't fall off your wrist.

3)  Now, flip it inside out.

Sew your elastic on the middle of your wristlet. I picked the middle so it scrunches nicely and that is where I want it to rest on my wrist. When you sew on the elastic make sure to pull it. (Like above)

4) Then it's time for embellishments! I added cute pink lace to the ends to help with fraying.

I also added a button and some fabric. When adding fabric, start from the bottom up. So the first piece you put on will be covered a little bit by the next and so forth.

It really is that simple, and there is no end to what you can do! Leave me a comment if you've tried this, I'd love to see it!

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