No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Each of these stretchy wrap bracelets is accented by a striking focal pendant.

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets – Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This project is a perfect opportunity to use some of the pendants we’ve made in earlier tutorials here at JMJ.

For example, the leaf on this bracelet is from my Rustic Autumn Leaf Pendant Tutorial:

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And the pendant on this bracelet is from my Lacy Jewelry Tutorial:

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can also use a lot of other things as focal elements on these bracelets.

Supplies:

  • Stretchy fabric headbands – Look for them near the barrettes and ponytail elastics in your local stores.
    You can usually get multi-packs of 3 to 6 headbands in a variety of colors:No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Pendants or other things to dangle from the bracelets you make with this project.
  • A few jump rings
    If the hole in your pendant goes from front-to-back, you’ll need an odd number of jump rings to make the pendant face forward.
    If the hole in your pendant goes from side-to-side, you’ll need an even number of jump rings to make the pendant face forward.
    Jump Rings for No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers for opening and closing your jump rings.

Now let’s get started.

How to Make
Stretchy Wrap Bracelets:

Are you new to using jump rings?
If so, see my quick tutorial on how to open and close jump rings.

Let’s start by creating a lovely gathered look in the center of your bracelet.

We’ll create it by fastening the smallest possible jump ring around your stretchy headband.

See how nicely this small jump ring gathers the fabric and holds it that way:

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now choose a pendant or other focal element for your bracelet (the one shown below is from my Zen Spiral Pendant Tutorial).

Attach your jump ring(s) to the hole in your pendant:

Zen Spiral Pendant for No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now attach the top jump ring on your pendant to the jump ring that’s fastened around your fabric headband.

Your bracelet is now finished – and should look something like this:

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To wear your stretchy wrap bracelet, simply wrap it around your wrist twice, with the pendant dangling over the back of your hand:

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Variations for This Bracelet Project:

For your wrap bracelet, you can also create your own artistic pendants with shrink plastic and colored markers.

(For more tips on that process, see my Best Friend Jewelry Shrinkies Tutorial.)

I made this colorful butterfly pendant by coloring shrinky plastic with markers and punching a hole at the top before shrinking it in the oven:

Butterfly Pendant for No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s how it looks on a wrap bracelet:

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This bracelet project is also a good way to use up “orphan earrings” that have lost their mates.

For example, this pink crystal with two chunky antiqued brass links is from an orphan earring:

Orphan Earring for No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Once it’s attached to the pink fabric band, it becomes the focal point of a dramatic bracelet:

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

What I love about these stretchy wrap bracelets:

They’re comfortable, colorful, chic, and able to fit a range of wrist sizes.

Also – you don’t have to sew anything! 🙂

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Suzan says:

    HI Rena

    Just checking in with you to ask if the we can make and sell the designs from your tutorials. The suede anklet bracelet is awesome. I made one in beige suede and made copper charms and my student wanted it right away.

    Keep up the good and encouraging work you do Rena, you are such a wonderful inspiration to everyone and you willing share your knowledge and skill.

    Thanks so much
    Suzan Evans

  2. Hi Suzan! That’s wonderful – thank you for letting me know! 🙂

    And thanks for asking about my tutorials.

    All of my free tutorials that I post here on JMJ are for you to make these items to sell, to give, to wear yourself, and to share and enjoy! Many of these projects are jewelry items that have sold well for me, or that I feel would be good sellers – and I hope the jewelry you make from these tutes sells like hotcakes for you!

    And of course I always appreciate a link back to the tutorial when you talk about it online.

    My only restriction is that the tutorial itself (my text and images) may not be republished, copied, or sold without written permission from me.

    Thanks, and have fun! 🙂

  3. Tamara says:

    Beautiful, Rena! I’ve used headbands in my designs before too, not this way though. They really are fun to create with because they come in such fun colours and patterns!

  4. SewMagical says:

    I like this idea! They would sure be quick to make, and lightweight both to wear and to pack.
    One question which occurs to me, though…
    Does the pendant catch on things as the bracelet is being worn? It seems like that could discourage some folks from wearing it on an every-day basis.
    I can foresee a trip to the dollar store real soon to pick up a selection, though!
    Thanks!

  5. What a great idea! I am also glad that I can sell your tutorial items as I have made dozens of them. Recently I donated a Safari bracelet and heart wire earrings for an auction for a benefit for a couple with serious medical bills.
    If you get a chance, many items I have made are on my blog, but now I can put them on my Etsy account!! Thank you so much for your sharing, news letters, tutorials and ideas!

  6. Barbara says:

    These look very comfortable. very clever!

  7. coraNation says:

    oh, Rena…I love these! What a great expression of springtime and different take on the stretchy. I appreciate your newsletter so much.

  8. marlene says:

    Love this idea!! But how did you get the bracelet to be so twisted in the Rustic Autumn one? Thanks

  9. Cool idea! I love the looks of the bracelet. Kids would love these too I think! This is a great use for those lonely orphan earrings lying around.

  10. I absolutely LOVE this idea. I’m the most no-sew person in the world and this cute craft is right up my ally. How clever you are – thanks for sharing!

  11. super neat idea! I have some stretchy headbands so off I go to create 🙂

  12. This is very clever and cute. The tutorial looks easy to follow too.

    Judy

  13. Rena, Gorgeous!!!! PINNED. Linda

  14. Love these Rena! Not only do they look pretty and fashionable – they look comfortable too!

    Congratulations – you are one of our featured guests at Create With Joy! 🙂

  15. These bracelets are really awesome. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Tina

  16. These are so cute. I like that I can just fold them over again for a smaller child. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thank you so much for your tutorials .They are wonderful. Thank you also for letting us have the privilege to sell the items.

  18. Hi, i just tried this with a headband i had here, it works as a nice winter neck warmer too with a touch of bling on the front 🙂 Thanks for sharing the tutorial, i’m going to buy some more headbands this weekend and see if i can get a selection made. i’m planning my first market in a few weeks… 🙂

  19. Jann Olson says:

    Fun and very versatile. I can see that it would be easy to change the fun decoration attached to it. Thanks for sharing.
    hugs,
    Jann

  20. Heather Hennessee says:

    Cute idea. Thanks for sharing:)

  21. These are too cute and will be something my son can make for Christmas to give as gifts to the girls in his class room.

  22. Featured!!! Love this idea, rena. best wishes, Linda

  23. What a creative way to use stretchy headbands. I like that this is easy enough for kids to do too.

  24. leslie Hirschberg says:

    Great and easy!!!!!!!!! Try a similar way for an easy bracelet by usin g the cuffs of ols Tshirts or sweaters,,,,,,,,check the stretch first.

  25. Sue Shade says:

    Love your embellishments!

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