Sewing bracelets with messages from the heart
In this post, I will show you how to sew a bracelet and decorate it with personal messages.
Christmas 2020 is completely different from any Christmas I can remember. It is all the more important to me this year to gift optimism and happiness. An easy way to do this is by giving bracelets embroidered with personal messages. The pretty bracelets are quick to make and it’s a great way to use scraps of fabric. You’re sure to have a few sparkling bits and pieces around the house (if not, it’s not a problem).
So if today, on December 20th, you are still looking for a quick gift idea for your mom, sister, friend, neighbor, aunt, etc., then my bracelets could be just the thing for you. Do you fancy sewing a bracelet – or maybe even several? I’ll show you how:
You will need
- Remnants of fabric, preferably plain. Lightweight fabrics, such as viscose, very delicate cotton or silk are best
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Various threads (I used Seralon, Silk-Finish Cotton, Poly Sheen and Metallic from Mettler)
- Trick marker
- Machine with decorative alphabet stitches
- Embroidery needle
- Any other decorative elements you wish
Cutting out the fabric and marking the embroidery position
First, cut a strip of fabric 4.5 cm wide and approx. 40 cm long. In the middle of the strip, use the trick marker to draw a line about as long as your chosen wording.
Setting the lettering
Choose a font that’s easy to read from your decorative stitches. Now you can get creative and come up with a personal message or special wish from the heart. It is also nice to use the name of the recipient, your nickname for them, etc. Save your lettering and activate the “End of pattern” function so that the lettering is only embroidered once and not several times. You should also activate the securing function.
Embroidering the lettering
Insert an embroidery needle into the machine and cut a piece of stabilizer to size.
Place this under the marked line and now embroider exactly on the line.
After embroidering, you can carefully tear off the stabilizer.
If you want, you can carefully remove the connecting threads on the front of your work. However, they must remain on the back so the lettering doesn’t come undone. The embroidery looks really nice without connecting threads, but in my experience the risk of it accidentally coming undone is greater if you remove them.
Sewing the bracelet together
In the next step, the fabric strip is first sewn together lengthways with a seam allowance of approx. 0.5 cm. Remember to leave a turning opening. Trim back the seam allowance.
At the short ends, iron the seam allowance open, then lay the layers on top of each other so that the seam is in the middle. Iron and then stitch.
Turning and finishing off the bracelet
With the aid of a turning set, a turning needle or a safety pin, we now turn the bracelet via the turning opening.
Iron it well and then close the turning opening with an invisible mattress stitch.
If you want, you can put various jewelry elements onto your bracelet by threading them onto jump rings.
Packaging your bracelet
It looks great if you give away your bracelet in a small test tube stoppered with a cork and decorated with masking tape. You can also gift it in a small cloth pouch or box.
I am sure that your personal heartfelt messages will be very well received! These message bracelets not only make a nice gift for Christmas. They are equally suitable for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or just as a small gift.