Part of the fun of fabric shopping is wandering through the "notions" section. That's the section with buttons, thread, zippers, and trims...it's the accessory section for fabric. The notions section is about as dangerous for me to walk through as a shoe or jewelry section in a department store. I have this thing for accessories. So, why not combine the two? Use the notions to make my accessories! So many possibilities.
Or maybe silver?...
A girl has to have some options after all. Are you tempted? Want to make one? I bet you have all you need already sitting around your house. All you need is fabric strips, trim, lace, and buttons. No special order, no special colors, just whatever suites your fancy. I make mine about 2 inches wide. The ones that button using button holes are 8 inches long. The ones that button with an elastic loop are 7 inches long. I'll show you how to make the one with an elastic loop, since the other is pretty self explanatory. An elastic loop is best used on ones that have an irregular button size or a fabric/trim that you can't put button holes on.
For this one, I used black trim, two types of white trim, a button, and about an inch and a half of elastic cording.
I cut 8 inches of all the trims and sewed them all together down the middle.
Next, I folded down the ends and sewed them. I made sure to douse them in fray check so they will stay nice and tidy.
To make the loop, I crossed the ends of the elastic over each other and sewed it down on one end.
I'm not sure if you can see, but I sewed at a couple spots to make sure it was nice and snug. You also want to make sure it is tacked down right at the very edge or it will pull funny when you wear it. Lastly, I hand sewed my button on the other end.
There now, that wasn't bad was it? The lace one above was done much the same, accept when I folded down the edges, I sewed in the elastic.
Then I pulled back the other way and sewed it down again. Lace is much more fragile, and I felt this would help stabilize that area a little better.
I found that I needed less elastic than I thought to get a nice snug fit.
The button up ones are just strips of fabric with button holes on one end, and buttons on the other. I love to wear these layered with bangles.
So many more options left to try...now if I could only figure out how to make my own shoes. I'd be deliriously happy. These are also available for purchase in my Etsy shop, since, you know, I need an actual reason to buying pretty buttons and trims for bracelets that I absolutely need to make. You know how these needs go I'm sure. If you make one, I'd so love to see it! Don't forget to drop back around and show me!
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