No-Sew Stretchy Wrap Bracelets (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg.
Each of these stretchy wrap bracelets is accented by a striking focal pendant.
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:
And the pendant on this bracelet is from my Lacy Jewelry Tutorial:
You can also use a lot of other things as focal elements on these bracelets.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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:
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:
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:
To wear your stretchy wrap bracelet, simply wrap it around your wrist twice, with the pendant dangling over the back of your hand:
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:
Here’s how it looks on a wrap bracelet:
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:
Once it’s attached to the pink fabric band, it becomes the focal point of a dramatic bracelet:
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! 🙂