Saturday, January 14, 2012

A little trim

Since learning to sew last year, I've become slightly obsessed with the trim aisle in the fabric store. Not only would trim be fun to add to apparel items or home decor, it can be fun to make accessories. If you don't believe me, take a walk down that aisle in the fabric store. I walk down it every time I'm there and drool over them and the possibilities.

I'll be honest....I used to be very intimidated by rows and rows of fabric. What do you do with them? There's so many! And all of the people walking around there seem to know what they're doing!!!! Since learning to sew, I buy fabrics on sale or in the remnant bin and experiment a bit.....and if it goes wrong, so what? You gotta live on the edge a bit. But...many can be used for craft or fashion projects.

I picked up this trim several months ago. I liked the graphic aspect of it and the chunkiness of it. 

I bought some jewelry clamps (not sure that's their precise name?) to fix the ends. You basically take your needlenose pliers and clamp them down on the end of whatever you want. It opens the possibility to make so many trims into so many bracelets!! You'll also need some jump rings and clasps.

And...the finished product. I struggled to take a pic of my hand with the bracelet that didn't look creepy. Do you choose an action shot or a limp, lifeless shot like I did? ; )

Lately, I've been rather obsessed with stacking a bunch of different but similar bracelets all together! Love.

In December, the trims went on sale. I'd been watching my circulars like any frugal crafty one and noticed the trims were 50% off. Plus, I can use my 15% teacher's discount. Score.

I bought some of this heavy metal-inspired trim. It is from the Project Runway line. Many of those I have been eyeing as well! They are really cool. I also bought some sticky velcros.

I measured my wrist in a very scientific manner.....

Cut in between the silver parts.

Use some kind of tool to lift up the backs of the silver parts. Who knew it would be that easy??

Discarded silver parts.

I trimmed the velcro to the width of the leather, both the hook and the loop end.....and then stuck them on so they would stick together when attaching the ends.

There it is, with my beautiful modeling. Does my hand look any more lifelike??

Easy peasy. I think the trim was originally $9.99, so I got 50% plus 15% off half a yard, which has made at least three bracelets. Good deal!!

Who doesn't need a little heavy metal in his or her life? 

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Chandra said...

I knew there was a reason I needed to learn how to sew! These are too cute and look quite simple to make. I love accessories and anything handmade. May have to give this a try. New to your blog and glad I found your creative space on the web:D

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

What a great idea for creating bracelets with scraps. Would love to have you come link-up at Finished it Friday! Have a fabulous weekend! ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

Fred Reeder Jr. said...

I love the bracelets. My only question is where you got the corpses to model them.