Friday, May 16, 2008

Tutorial: Lace Bracelet

I wanted to make something simple, fast, and feminine the other day.  I found this vintage seam binding in my stash and a simple shell-like button.  In about 5 minutes, I had this cute little bracelet.

It's pretty simple, really:

1) Cut your lace to the right length to fit around your wrist.
2) Fold over one corner.  I laid a pin across the end of the lace where I wanted to make the fold, then used my finger to fold it over and press it down.
3) Repeat for other corner.
4) Use matching thread to sew the folded edges into place.
5) Add a small button to one end and a loop of thread to the other end.
I've got a ton of ribbons, lace, and fabric strips in my stash that would look super cute as bracelets.  I bet you do, too.

32 Comments (comments are disabled)

Jody said ...
This is so simple and beautiful! What a great idea!
5/16/2008 10:52 AM

judean said ...
oooh, fun! and if one is feeling frisky the same technique would make a cha-cha choker!
5/16/2008 12:11 PM

Sister Diane said ...
That's super-cute! I have some polka-dot bias tape that's just calling to me now...
5/16/2008 12:27 PM

Mia said ...
Wow, what a simple and fun idea! I'm going to make some this weekend...
5/16/2008 1:03 PM

cavalaxis said ...
Throw some sequins or beads on there, and you could have the bookmarks I saw at Papyrus yesterday for almost $7.
5/16/2008 3:46 PM

cavalaxis said ...
Throw some sequins or beads on there, and you could have the bookmarks I saw at Papyrus yesterday for almost seven dollars.
5/16/2008 3:46 PM

cavalaxis said ...
Sorry for the double post.
5/16/2008 3:46 PM

Amber said ...
I had a blast making this and will definitely be on the lookout for more cute lace. I think I will have to make one of these in a choker.
5/17/2008 10:00 PM

Shivi said ...
Thanks so much for posting this, I really needed one more item to make for my mum's birthday and this is it!
5/18/2008 1:48 AM

Sewdelish said ...
Lovely finishing touch with the button. My dd has made some of these but only tied the ends. Beautiful
5/18/2008 11:24 AM

ambika said ...
Too cute. I'm trying to think what's in my stash at the moment that might work...
5/18/2008 4:16 PM

This is a really sweet and simple idea. Great tutorial!
5/19/2008 10:59 AM

pintoo said ...
This is so simple and neat idea
5/19/2008 4:55 PM

Alli said ...
What a great idea! I have a ton of vintage lace seam binding. I've worn it as a headband, but never thought of a bracelet. Lovely!
5/19/2008 8:34 PM

Casey said ...
I love this idea... now I have even more reason to break out my vintage lace stash! :) thanks for sharing!
5/19/2008 10:39 PM

esther said ...
super elegant too!!
5/20/2008 3:31 AM

Yurt Hire said ...
Great idea! simple and cute. Thanks for sharing.
5/22/2008 5:46 PM

Lisa Ancarrow said ...
This is wonderful - thanks so much for sharing!
5/24/2008 8:47 PM

aleciagrimm said ...
This is so sweet & simple!
5/26/2008 10:56 AM

alice said ...
That is a nice idea.
5/29/2008 11:15 AM

Brit said ...
Hooray! This is a sweet idea, I'm making one right now!!
6/1/2008 5:53 PM

Lucy said ...
That is super cute. I have at least 50 packages of that lace in a rainbow of colors. I was wondering just the other day what on earth you do with it. My daughter is having a party with her girlfriends tomorrow. I will have to get some out and let them bedeck themselves with buttons and lace.
6/1/2008 11:38 PM

RE said ...
Really Cute. I bet it would be just as sweet using Recycled Lace from off an antique item; I think I want to try it as both a Lace Collar Necklace and a Bracelet.

I'm going to point to your project in my blog.
This is a great example of Recycled Style.

6/15/2008 10:00 AM

Alex said ...
This is such a lovely idea, Alice.
The perfect jewelry on your freckly, delicate skin! Ecru vintage lace, a shell button... really beautiful.
6/23/2008 9:32 AM

Thanks for this wonderful project! I saw traditional lace making while on the island of Saint Helena earlier this year. I purchased a lace book mark that I wanted to find a way to wear but not being a seamstress, how to make this happen eluded me until now.
11/19/2008 11:42 AM

Tabata said ...
It's so beautiful! Simple, delicate, lovely!
By the way, I just adore your work.
Thanks for the inpiration.
12/12/2008 7:04 AM

Lily Lin said ...
This is so cool! Its so simple, but nice~!
4/12/2009 6:17 PM

Michelle B said ...
I like it! Charmingly simple :)
8/5/2010 9:08 PM

Mary said ...
I love it, its so simple! I really love the idea and it has really inspired me to make similar bracelets but with fabric and ribbon! :)
11/23/2011 9:56 AM

Jenna Stoltzfus said ...
Awsome!So cute I think that would be simple cute Birthday/Christmas gifts!!!! :P :)
4/5/2012 11:32 AM

Judith Kurtovich said ...
The simplicity of this lace bracelet is really lovely. Will be getting to my lace/ribbon scrap box with excitement. My granddaughters will love these in several colors. Thx.
10/5/2013 9:51 AM
jaytea said ...
That is so nice - beautiful & simple describes it perfectly.
Imagine embellishing the bracelet with some beads!
Thank you,
6/16/2014 5:17 PM