Off-the-Cuff Bracelets

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Off-the-Cuff Bracelets
Ages school-age

Repurpose old wool sweaters by felting the fabric -- shrinking the wool until it's thick and ravel-proof -- and then it's a cinch to create a bevy of stylish bracelets.

What you'll need

  • Old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Buttons, felt shapes, paper flowers, and other embellishments
Helpful Tip:

If the diameter of a loop is too big, cut it open, trim the excess length, then overlap the edges and secure them by sewing on embellishments.

How to make it

  1. To felt the wool, wash the sweater in hot water and dry it on high heat. Repeat, if necessary, so that the fabric's weave is tight enough to be cut without fraying.

  2. Cut loops from the sweater's cuffs and arms. Next, decorate the bangles by using embroidery floss to sew on buttons, felt shapes, paper flowers, and more.

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