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August 3, 2011

I've got a habit—a little hoard-y, but not necessarily bad—of buying craft-ish supplies with no concept of what I will do with them. A while back at the local Mission Fabric Outlet (which is a great, great place, if you're in SF and need a shop for textiles, odds and ends), I noticed a display of Ziploc baggies full of small leather scraps... for $2 each! Score. I bought one, brought it home, and stored it with the rest of my stuff. Same with this spool of aluminum wire. It just looked like something I'd want, sometime, so I made it mine and set it aside. It took some futzing around one night while my mom was in town, and we came up with the idea for this scrappy wrap bracelet. It's easy, and quick, and you can use any small strips of fabric (if leather's not your thing). Here's how!

The finished bracelet!
The finished bracelet!
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<p>The supplies!</p><br /><br /><p>You'll need:</p><ul>
<li>• <a href="http://www.dickblick.com/products/aluminum-wire/">Aluminum wire</a></li>
<li>• Scraps of fabric. You should have enough for approximately 50 to 70 inches of one inch wide str

The supplies!

You'll need:

• Aluminum wire • Scraps of fabric. You should have enough for approximately 50 to 70 inches of one inch wide strips. • Embroidery floss (whatever color you like) • Needle • Scissors • Pliers
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Cut the scraps into strips that are approximately one inch wide. They can be as short or as long as you like! If some of the straps have funny ends, just cut a complementary shape on the next one. You'll be scrunching these up so will need more than you t
Cut the scraps into strips that are approximately one inch wide. They can be as short or as long as you like! If some of the straps have funny ends, just cut a complementary shape on the next one. You'll be scrunching these up so will need more than you think you might need, but I'd say 50 to 70 inches worth is about right.
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Stitch the ends of two pieces together. These stitches will be hidden for the most part, but I like the contrast so I chose black embroidery floss. Tie off the ends, then continue until you have an incredibly long strap.
Stitch the ends of two pieces together. These stitches will be hidden for the most part, but I like the contrast so I chose black embroidery floss. Tie off the ends, then continue until you have an incredibly long strap.
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When it's all stitched together, cut about three inches down the center of both ends of the very long strap.
When it's all stitched together, cut about three inches down the center of both ends of the very long strap.
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Take the pliers and fold the end of the aluminum over until metal meets metal. You'll need a little hole.
Take the pliers and fold the end of the aluminum over until metal meets metal. You'll need a little hole.
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Stick the one side of the end strap through the little hole, then tie a knot, then another. This will be the end of the bracelet.
Stick the one side of the end strap through the little hole, then tie a knot, then another. This will be the end of the bracelet.
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Wrap the leather strap around the wire without overlapping.
Wrap the leather strap around the wire without overlapping.
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Once you get about six inches or so, scrunch the hell out of it back towards the knot. Keep repeating this: roll and scrunch, roll and scrunch.
Once you get about six inches or so, scrunch the hell out of it back towards the knot. Keep repeating this: roll and scrunch, roll and scrunch.
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Scruuuuuuuuuuunch!
Scruuuuuuuuuuunch!
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When you get to the end of the strap, cut the wire, fold it over, and tie a knot as you did with the other end. And there you go! A brand new bracelet.
When you get to the end of the strap, cut the wire, fold it over, and tie a knot as you did with the other end. And there you go! A brand new bracelet.
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Another view. Easy peasy! I like leaving a bit of the ends on the ties, but you can trim them as much as you want. If you make a bracelet or modify the design, post a link to a pic in the comments, I'd love to see!<br /><br />
Another view. Easy peasy! I like leaving a bit of the ends on the ties, but you can trim them as much as you want. If you make a bracelet or modify the design, post a link to a pic in the comments, I'd love to see!
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The finished bracelet!
The finished bracelet!

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