Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY: Leather Bow Bracelets

Bows are the perfect girly accessory. Mix in a fabric like leather (faux of course) and you've got the perfect mix of sweet and edgy. I've always loved bows and these DIY leather bow bracelets are the perfect accessory for spring. 

You'll Need...
-A small piece of faux leather
(you can purchase this from a craft store but I suggest recycling an old bag or jacket)

-Thread (dental floss will work just fine)
-Neon Thread and Sewing Needle (optional)
-Hot glue gun
-Fabric Snaps (I took mine off of an old jacket)

 1. Draw an oval shape long enough to fit around your wrist with a little room.

2. Cut the oval out, as you can see it doesn't have to be perfect. It's about the size of a standard pair of scissors.

3. Make two folds on either side of the leather and a fold in the middle by pinching with two fingers. Think of a paper fan or accordion shape.

You might need to play around with the leather to get it just right.
4. Take your thread (or dental floss) and use it as a hold for the folds you've created. Make sure to leave enough on either side to knot it.

5. Cut a small piece of faux leather just wide and long enough to cover the thread one time.
6. Using a thin layer of hot glue, glue the small leather right over the thread.
If you like it just like this, skip to step 9. For neon trim instructions, continue right on through.

7. Fold a small amount of the leather over to create a rounded edge on all sides. Using a brightly colored neon thread and a sewing needle, sew the folded leather together using any technique you prefer.

8. After knotting the thread ends so it doesn't come loose, glue any loose threads to the inside of your bracelet.

9. Glue your snaps onto your bracelet (one on the inside and one on the opposite outside)

Once your glue is completely dry, your bow bracelet is complete!