Here’s a tutorial for a sweet little old t shirt rosebud bracelet that reminds me of a handmade corsage.
I LOVE to work with old t shirt material (if you’ve been following along my blog, I’m sure you know that by now ) So when I found this old yellow t shirt in the garage, I knew i had to turn it into something fresh for the spring and summer. It’s not a terribly difficult project, but it does require a little bit of patience.
For this project you will need:
- 2 colors of old shirts (preferably one green)
- Embroidery needle and thread
- Sewing needle and thread
- Seed Beads 6/0
- A button
Step 1. Cut straight segments of your flower fabric about an inch wide and between 3 and 6 inches long. You’ll trim them later, but I cut them slightly bigger so they are easy to work with. I also vary the size of them so the size of the flowers is different. Cut as many of these as you’ll want flowers on the bracelet.
Step 2. Fold them at about a 1/3 inch and stich the fold closed. Then trim off the extra third after it’s stitched.
Step 3. Roll up your folded piece and stitch the bottom of the bud closed. TIP: stitch it closed with an X, it pulls the flower apart slightly, and has minimal stitches.
Step 4. Loosely stitch together the rosebud on the underside. Don’t stitch them tight or they will pull too much to the sides.
Step 5. With the embroidery thread pull up from the bottom then tie a knot and pull the thread back through to create the flower centers.
Step 6. On the green t shirt, trace about 1/4 inch around outside the grouping of rosebuds.
Step 7. Cut out the base as well as a couple of smaller leaf shapes.
Step 8. Chain Stitch with embroidery thread around the leave, this will keep them sturdier and more supported on the bracelet.
Step 9. With a few tiny stitches, attach the leaves to the base. Then attach the rosebud cluster to the base by stitching it on all the way around. (not pictured)
Step 10. Sew the seed beads onto the base green fabric all the way around the base. (this will hide some of the stitches attaching it) Also, go through the middle of the base and sew a few beads between the rosebuds.
Cut three strands of Old T Shirt Yarn (click for tutorial) about 30inches long (you’ll trim them later, but it’s easier to work with it when they are longer). Knot a loop at the top the size to fit your button threw. Then knot the other two strings onto the top below the loop. By knotting them on separately it eliminates some of the bulk of one big knot. Then braid the strands together (in groupings of two). Once the band is the right length for you, do not knot it at the end, but rather sew it closed. Then attach the button. TIP: leave some room between the button and the band with the embroidery thread. It will make it easier to put on.