Scrap Wrap Bracelets

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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!

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  The finished bracelet!  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    The finished bracelet!

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  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  Photo by: Jordan Kushins

    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

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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 think you might need, but I'd say 50 to 70 inches worth is about right.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    When it's all stitched together, cut about three inches down the center of both ends of the very long strap.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    Take the pliers and fold the end of the aluminum over until metal meets metal. You'll need a little hole.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  Wrap the leather strap around the wire without overlapping.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    Wrap the leather strap around the wire without overlapping.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  Scruuuuuuuuuuunch!  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    Scruuuuuuuuuuunch!

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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!  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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!

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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