Saturday, 3 November 2012

Make it! A crochet bracelet with simple embroidery!

It has been a long time since my last tutorial (here)....Sorry, girls!!!
The fact is that I didn't know what to "show&tell" you, but luckily few days ago I found a crochet bracelet, that I started before the summer holidays and I decided to complete this simple task!!!

You will need: 




  • a 5 mm hook
  • a ball of yarn (cotton, acrylic, ...) in the colour you prefer
  • colourful rayon threads
  • a pair of metallic snaps
  • some cotton (to match with the bracelet) for attaching the snaps
  • a pair of scissors
  • a tape measure marked in centimeters
  • a colourful button (optional) as decoration
  • a sewing needle
This project requires basic crocheting knowledge!!!

Crochet know-how (American terminology):

  • slipknot 
  • chain stitch
  • double crochet 
  • bind off
  • trim in ends
Let's start!!!!

Grab your hook and the ball of yarn (or some yarn leftovers!!)


With the tape measure your wrist. Mine is 16 cm, so I decided to chain a cord of 22cm (33 stitches), more or less, because I wanted one end of the cuff to overlap a little the other end.
I've crocheted two rows in double crochet stitch. Then, I binded off and trimmed the ends in.
When I decided to do this bracelet, I also sewn on a big button (2,5cm in diameter), because I had a different idea about the closure. Now it works only as a decoration, so I suggest you, if you really like the button option, to wait at the end of the work to sew it on!!
So this is the result:


At this point, you can collect the pair of metallic snaps


You have to sew one of the snaps on the same side of the plastic button (front side of the bracelet), but on the other end


once you have done with this, you can sew the other one , on the other end (under the plastic button), that is the inner side of the bracelet



At this point the bracelet is completed, if you have even finished to sew the last snap on!


...but we go further....


Collect the rayon threads, a needle and the scissors


Choose the first colour to use and thread the strand (I use it double) and fix it in the inner side of the bracelet, along one row





Above photos résumé : you insert the needle in one stitch from right to left. You continue to pull the needle and make it pass in the loop forming on the right side. Pull till the end and you'll have secure the thread with a knot! Ok? I hope so! ;oD

Now, pass the needle from the back to the front side


Your thread is on the other side now (turn your bracelet!), close to the snap


We can start the embroidery!! This time I preferred to use a simple stitch like the running stitch. Obviously, you can choose even a different stitch or more than one! You could use even different threads, beads, buttons, sequins or whatever your fantasy suggests you!!!
So, I started with the running stitch


and I completed the first row with it, as you can see



back view

After knotting and cutting the excess of thread, repeat the same thing with the other colour you've chosen




back view #1

back view #2

and around my wrist....


What do you think? I love the idea that the bracelet is made with simple crochet stitches and that the embroidery itself is really basic!! Simple things are the best and they give you such big satisfaction!!

If you have any question/problem, please don't hesitate to contact me, it will be a pleasure to be helpful!

I'm leaving you with 2 more pictures



Even with this project, you can join my flickr group homemade@myplace : Make It !!!
I would love to see all your personal crafty results!!! Thank you in advance!

xxxx, Alessandra

Today's link : Link your Stuff!

10 comments:

  1. Such a sweet and simple to make bracelet! And very nicely presented tutorial. :)

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  2. That's a cute little bracelet Alessandra - thank you for sharing. :)

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  3. My dear,
    thank you for sharing, love your blog.
    XO, Martina♥

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  4. Ohh you always create very beautiful and interesting things.. I will learn this bracelet..:))
    Thank you very much dear my friend..:))

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  5. Hi, Alessandra! Thanks for coming over to visit my blog, I had to come see what you are making. Love this bracelet, so simple and cute!

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  6. oh lovely Alessandra, I have been wanting to make one of these, thank you. I might try it out soon, Heather x

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  7. what a sweet idea, I love using up all my odds and ends of yarn for little things like this
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. So cute and great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Heather

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  9. This is very cute Alessandra - love the addition of the embroidered details too - clever lady!

    Your knitted bootees and lovely heart garland (previous post) are absolutely gorgeous - do you ever stop crafting???, hehe!! :D
    Alison xx

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  10. Such a sweet bracelet, and funny colors! Thanks for sharing :-)

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