Cottage bracelets are fiber art bracelets pieced together using threads, strings, yarn, scraps of ribbon, fabrics, buttons, beads and jewels to create a lovely cuff bracelet. The white bracelet I made (on left) was created from scraps of a vintage doily, feathers, fabric, felt, ribbons and pearls. A button is used for fastening. The pink cuff bracelet (below) is more intricate and took more time to create.
- Sewing Machine and/or Needle and Thread
- Scraps of fabric, ribbon, yarn, strings, feathers
- Buttons, beads, pearls, jewels
- Elastic or a covered elastic hair band
- Take a piece of felt and cut to the width you prefer. I use between a 1″ width and a 2″ width.
- Then measure your wrist for fitting. Add an extra inch.
- Decide on a color scheme and go on a treasure hunt around your house or in craft bins for the perfect colors to compliment your choice.
- The sewing process begins by finding a heavier piece of fabric or cotton fabric doubled. I cut this fabric using my felt piece as a template.
- Place pieces of cut up fabric, ribbons, and threads onto this fabric in a way that is visually appealing. Sew together. Your goal is to create an interesting new piece of fabric out of a variety of scraps.
- Cut a piece of elastic or an elastic hair band in half, fold and sew this piece on one end, between your newly created piece of fabric and the felt piece. (approx. 1.5″)
- Finish sewing the felt piece onto the finished fabric piece.
- Add extra ribbons, fabric flowers, pearls, jewels, etc.
- Measure the bracelet around your wrist and add a button in the appropriate place. The button is used to fasten the elastic and secure on your wrist. Make sure not to make it too tight.