Tutorial- Chevron Friendship Bracelet with Adjustable Closure

Hello! Recently I was trying to find a tutorial for these pretty friendship bracelets, but I couldn’t find many simple instructions to take you from the start to the finish. Once you get the hang of the two knots these bracelets are actually really quick and easy, and then you can move onto more complicated patterns. So here’s my tutorial:

Materials:IMG_20150916_125732121

  • Cotton Thread  in two colours ( Embroidery Thread, Yarn and String work too.)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Needle (optional)
IMG_20150916_130551697First we need to cut four 41cm lengths of each colour thread. So I have 4 brown and 4 purple. Tie a knot with all 8 threads about 12cm (5″) from one end of the thread, pull tight. Now tape the thread to a flat IMG_20150916_130918794surface just above the knot, this anchors your work.
Separate your threads into two groups of four (two of each colour) and arrange them like in the picture (brown, purple, brown, purple, purple, brown, purple, brown).
IMG_20150916_131344873Taking the thread on the far left (brown) lay it over the threadIMG_20150916_131516587 immediately next to it (purple), making a 4 shape, now take the brown thread under the purple one just above where it lays over the purple thread. Holding the purple thread taunt pull the brown one to the right and slide it up to the knot, that’s your first Forward Knot. Now we need to tie another forward knot with the same two threads, so take the brown thread placing it over the purple thread and then under the purple thread, pull tightly.
IMG_20150916_131954965Now we need to move onto the next brown thread. Take the first brown thread and tie two forward knots around the next brown thread and then tie two forward knots around the next purple thread. It should look something like this.
Now take the brown thread on the far right, and lay it over the purple thread in a backwards 4 shape. Take the brown thread under and over the purple thread just above where they first crossed. Pull tight, that’s IMG_20150916_132403953one Backward Knot. Tie another backward knot on same thread. Tie two more backward knots on each of the next 3 threads.  It should look like this photo ——->
Now taking the purple thread on the far left tie two forward knots on each of the next three threads. Take the purple IMG_20150916_134446277thread on the far right and tie two backward knots on each of the next four threads. Keep repeating these steps with the far left and far right threads until your bracelet is long enough to almost fit all the way around your arm. Knot all of the threads together.DSCF6049
Adjustable Closure
Trim the excess threads to the same length (about 12cm) and plait/braid the length. Knot the ends of the plait/braid and paint the knots with nail polish or craft glue so that they don’t come undone.
With two strand of matching thread DSCF6057carefully make several square knots around both plaited lengths as shown in <——–this photo.  (sorry about the blurry photo).  Flip the bracelet so the wrong side is facing you and tie the ends. Paint the knot with nail polish and trim the ends. Allow your bracelet to dry and DSCF6063you’re finished!
To adjust the size of your bracelet, simply pull on the plaited lengths.DSCF6065
I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial! Please feel free to ask any question below and don’t forget to check out our ETSY SHOP!DSCF6066
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Tutorial – Tablet Sleeve

Hello!

Over the weekend I bought a new gadget, and I thought it needed a case so here is a tutorial for you, enjoy!

You will need:

  • One Fat Quarter
  • Lining Fabric (I used flannelette)
  • Contrast Fabric (I used denim)
  • This Pattern (for IPad mini 2)
  • A Pretty Button
  • A Hair Elastic or Piece of Elastic
  • A sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins

This easy little sleeve can be finished in an afternoon, an ideal rainy day project!

First we need to download and print the pattern. Once you have done that, carefully cut it out. Now, using the pattern cut out two pieces of the fat quarter (A) and two of the lining (B).

To make the contrast piece that runs along the bottom, cut straight across from side to side 7cm above the bottom of the paper pattern (not the fabric), using this smaller bottom piece of the pattern cut two from the contrast fabric (C). Press all of the fabric pieces. Now, take the two contrast pieces (C) and carefully fold under about 0.5cm of the top edge, press this fold.

Pin one contrast piece (C) right-side up to the right-side of one of the main fat quarter pieces (A). Stich neatly along the folded edge, so securing it to the main piece. Repeat with the other contrast piece and main fat quarter piece. If you want to add a label or other embellishments to your sleeve do it now!

Lay one of the main pieces (A) with the right-side facing up, now lay one of the lining pieces (B) on top with the right-side facing downwards. Pin the pieces together along the top side only (marked with a red line in the photo————>) and sew together along this top side using a 1cm seam allowance, this will be the front of the sleeve.

For the second piece (the back) we will to add our elastic loop into the middle of the top seam. To find the place, fold the second main piece (A) in half vertically mark the fold line with a pin and open out flat with the right-side facing up. Place the elastic on top of the pin with a small amount of excess from the loop extending of the fabric. Lay the lining face down on top of the main piece (A) and pin the lining, elastic and main fabric together in a big sandwich! Carefully sew along the top, I like to go over the elastic a few times just to make sure it stays in place.

Take both the pieces and press the seams toward the main fabric. On the right-side of the front main piece (outside) stich a line just below the seam, catching the raw edge of the seam on the back (see the photo). Repeat with the back piece. Press again.

~On a flat surface lay the back piece right-side up, now lay the front piece right-side down on top of the front, lining on lining and main fabric on main fabric. Carefully match the two center seams together and pin. You will also need to match the two contrast pieces and pin them. Sew all the way around the case but make sure to leave an 8cm opening along the bottom of the lining (in between the red lines in the photo). Trim excess thread and carefully clip the corners.

You’re almost done! Put your hand into the opening we left in the lining and pull the fabric back out through this opening, keep pulling until the fabric has completely reversed and only the right-sides of the lining and the outside fIMG_20150909_153807795abric are visible. Using your fingers, a knitting needle or some other pointy object gently poke the corners into shape. Press focusing on the corners. Tuck the lining inside the main pouch. Press, again.

Press the 8cm opening so that the raw edges are hidden inside the lining, sew along the opening. Sew the button on in the middle close to the top of the case. There you go your own handmade tablet case! Thanks for reading this tutorial please feel free to comment below and visit our Etsy shop!