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An armful of badass bangles that give purpose to your scrap materials!
Whenever I go to the thrift store I'm always on the hunt for old bangles. There's usually a pile somwehere near the register and they're always crazy cheap! Dressing these tossed off old bracelets is a great way to use small pieces of scrap material, while also creating a piece of jewelry that you're sure to love!

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  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials:
    -scrap leather
    -scrap cotton fabric
    -bangles
    -recycled ties (all the better if designer and silk!)
    -vintage link necklace

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 2
    Step 2

    Preparation:
    You can save some time in the beginning by preparing the scrap leather and the links from the necklace.

    *For the leather, cut off a wedge from the end that is a little over twice the width of the larger bangle and about 2" wide, and cut it into a tallish triangular shape. What is left will be cut into two thin strips, preferably around 16" long to wrap around the two smaller bangles.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 3
    Step 3

    *For the necklace you'll need to decide how many links will go on each of the bangles. I chose for each of the smaller bangles to have three links and for the larger bangle to have two links.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 4
    Step 4

    -To separate the pieces, insert needle nose pliers into a link and bend backward until it can slip it off of the piece it is connected to.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 5
    Step 5

    -Use the pliers to bend the link back in to a closed position.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 6
    Step 6

    Step 1: Begin by anchoring one end of the tie to the bracelet by putting a little bit of glue on to the bangle's backside.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 7
    Step 7

    Step 2: When you get almost to where you started, cut off the excess leaving just a little bit to glue down to the bangle. (Be sure that any visible fraying ends are in a place that will be covered by the leather strip.)

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 8
    Step 8

    Step 3: Anchor one end of the leather strip with glue and begin winding the rest around the bangle so there is a slight overlap. Keep the leather securely in place by adding a dabs of glue as you go.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 9
    Step 9

    Step 4: When the leather band is the width you want, cut off any excess at the end and stitch into place on the bangle's backside.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 10
    Step 10

    Step 5: Finish by sewing both ends of the necklace links securely down to the leather. You can eliminate having any excess thread visible by inserting the needle under the leather for you first stitch.

  • How to make a wrapped bangle. Fabric Wrapped Bangles - Step 11
    Step 11

    Repeat these same steps on the other bangles.
    When you're finished, they should look like this:

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Franky F.
Franky F. · Harare, Harare, ZW
Wow! you are so creative. Well done!
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