DIY Fabric Covered Bangles

DIY Fabric Covered Bangles by claireabellemakes

This week I have written a DIY post for these Fabric Covered Bangles over on the lovely Skulls and Ponies blog.

To see how I am managing my fabric covering obsession, come on over to Fran’s blog for the tutorial here!

claireabelle x

This post is also linked up at So You Think You’re Crafty and Here Comes the Sun.

DIY Spiral Friendship Bracelet

DIY Spiral Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

This is the second DIY post in my friendship bracelet series. I hadn’t anticipated my DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet post would be so popular, but it seems you all love a bit of nostalgic crafting! Once again I chose pretty pastel colours and added a dark pink.

Start by cutting 5 lengths of embroidery thread each around 30cm long. You can use more or less colours if you wish, but this will change the thickness of the bracelet. Tie a knot a couple of inches from the top & tape down.

DIY Spiral Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

This bracelet uses the same knot repeated 10 times for each colour. The colour you are working with loops underneath all the other threads and back through the middle. Pull the thread up to the top. Be sure to keep the rest of the threads taut.

DIY Spiral Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

TIP: If you want the colour blocks to be longer or shorter, just increase or decrease the amount of knots. Simple as that!

DIY Spiral Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

After 10 knots with the dark pink thread, change to the next colour, and then the next. You will notice that the knots start to spiral around.

DIY Spiral Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

Continue the pattern until the bracelet measures 2-3 inches (but check on your wrist!). Plait the remaining thread at each end and knot to secure.

DIY Spiral Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

All done! Due to some follower requests, there will be a selection of friendship bracelets in my Etsy Shop shortly!

Have you done any nostalgic crafting lately?

claireabelle x

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

As a teen, I was obsessed with making Friendship Bracelets and I’m so pleased to see they have made a comeback recently! My favourite type is the easy Chevron Friendship Bracelet made with embroidery thread and a few knots.

This is a great project to make in front of the TV, so I hope the DIY tips below will mean you can all join in my favourite 90s craft trend!

I picked up my pastel coloured threads in the charity shop. I also found a lovely vibrant pink and some royal blue for an upcoming embroidery project for my friend’s wedding gift.

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

Start by cutting 5 lengths of embroidery thread each around 60cm long. Fold in half and tie a knot a couple of inches from the top. Tape down & you are ready to get started!

Divide the threads either side into colour order from the outside in. You should have symmetrical colours.

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

Starting on the left hand thread (mint green in the image below), loop it around the next thread in the sequence and pull tightly to the top of the strand. Repeat on the same thread, so you have made two knots.

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

Repeat this sequence in turn for each thread, knotting from left to right. You should stop when you have knotted across 4 different coloured threads.

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

Now work from the right to left with the mint green thread, making two knots on each colour (4 threads). These knots are made in reverse to the ones you made on the left hand side. You should end with both mint green threads in the middle.

Now make two knots with the left hand mint green thread to close the chevron shape in the middle.

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

Start with the next rows in the chevron, working from the outside in, first with the left thread (pink) and then the right. Continue working each colour in turn.DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

The chevron pattern should cover the top of your wrist. I continued the pattern until my bracelet measured 2-3 inches (but I have skinny wrists!).

Plait the remaining thread at each end and knot to secure. I added a bead for decoration.

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

And you’re done! Now wear your Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet with pride, or even better – pass it to a friend. After, all it should live up to its name!

DIY Chevron Pastel Friendship Bracelet by claireabellemakes

There will be another friendship bracelet DIY on the blog next week, so watch this space.

claireabelle x

3 Washi Tape DIYs

3 Washi Tape DIYs

Washi tape is a must have craft item in my opinion. Even if you don’t indulge in papercraft, scrapbooking or card making, it’s a useful and pretty way to wrap packages or decorate a letter. Some of you may know already that I’m a massive stationery geek and not afraid to admit it.

So what is Washi Tape? Washi tape originates from Japan and is usually handmade from natural fibres such as bark, bamboo, rice, hemp and wheat. Usually it is made from the bark of the mulberry shrub. Wa means Japanese and shi means paper.

There are several types of washi and masking tape, with many craft stores stocking coloured and patterned tapes made from different materials.

I promised you a DIY here didn’t I? Here are some ways you can make your own tapes – not strictly ‘washi’, but hopefully fun.

For the first washi style tape I gathered together my favourite papers. The one on the right is Cath Kidston wrapping 🙂

Paper assortment: claireabellemakes

For all three of these DIYs, you will need double-sided tape and a craft knife.

  • Cut a strip of tissue paper – this will give a translucent effect like washi paper, but you can also use craft papers as shown above.
  • Cut a strip of sticky tape at your desired length and place onto the tissue paper.

Tissue paper & tape: claireabellemakes

  • Use the craft knife and a ruler to score down the side of the sticky tape on both sides.

Tissue paper:claireabellemakes

  • I then cut little chevrons at the end of the tape, but you can cut straight, diagonal or with pinking shears, it’s up to you!

Arrow ends: claireabellemakes

  • Then peel the backing of the double-sided tape and apply to whatever you wish to embelish. Simple as that!

DIY tape number two uses lace trim. Of course this is not strictly washi tape, but it produces a really pretty result.

Lace Trim: claireabellemakes

  • Use the same principle as the tissue paper DIY above, applying lace tape (or fabric) to the sticky tape.
  • As my lace has a scalloped edge, I used fabric scissors rather than a craft knife to trim the edges.

Lace tape washi: claireabellemakes

  • Peel the backing off the tape and you are done. I love this one as it gives a textured look.
In my opinion, every crafter needs glitter. This DIY tape is the messiest of all, but produces really fun results.

Glitter: claireabellemakes

  • Find the item you wish to apply your tape to first
  • Cut the tape into the desire size, peel one side off the sticky tape and place on your item. In my case, this was a gift tag
  • Then peel the other backing off the tape and you will be left with the clear tape on your item
  • Sprinkle your glitter on – liberally
  • Tap the excess glitter off

Glitter tape washi: claireabellemakes

Glitter tape washi: claireabellemakes

Here are my simple DIY tapes finished! I stamped lettering on the tissue paper one, which worked really well. You could even do this with fabric if you used versacraft ink or similar.

3 Washi Tape DIYs: claireabellemakes

I used my finished DIY tapes and washi collection to decorate some items including one of my notebooks (also covered in the Cath Kidston wrapping) and clothes pegs.

Washi tape Notebook & Pegs: claireabellemakes

Some of you may have seen this one before in my previous posts, but I also used a floral tape to decorate my kitchen chalkboard. What do you think?

Washi Tape Chalkboard: claireabellemakes

I’d love to hear your ideas of how to use washi tapes!

Claire x