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DIY Wednesday: No knit, Knitted Bangle

Okay, so maybe my knitting skills are sub-par at best, but I really love the look of knitted bangles. I love the look but not the price. Free is more to my liking. Pricey accessories are not something that I splurge on often or at all, but this was so cute I got to thinking how could I make my own with what limited knitting skills I had. Then the solution hit me like a ton of bricks..“Don’t even try to knit it, use that ugly old sweater in your closet!” I knew there was a reason I had held on to that unflattering frock for so long and this was it.  So now all I needed was a bangle. I dug through my box-o-forgotten accessories and found this red plastic bangle that I can almost guarantee came from the dollar spot at Target EONS ago and I was in business! I love the way it turned out and I’m super excited to share with you guys how I did it so you can too!

Step 1: First gather your supplies:

  • ugly old sweater (goodwill, garage sales, and your grandparents/parents closets are great places to get your knits for cheap or free)
  • matching thread
  • hand sewing needle
  • cheap bangle (again look at garage sales, dollar stores, that unnamed box of miscellaneous items that everyone has)
  • scissors/rotary cutter
 Step 2: First you’re going to want to see if the diameter of the sleeve and your bangle are compatible. I lucked out and I could easily fit the bangle into the sleeve without stretching it out too much.
Step 3: With your sleeve laying flat, lay the bangle on top so you can wrap your material over and through the center. This will help you determine where is best to cut your fabric. You’ll want to give yourself about ¼” overlap on both ends.
Step 4: With sharp scissors or a rotary cutter if you’re lucky enough to have one (I just picked myself up a new one over the black friday weekend!!!) cut your material.
Step 5: Now, wrap your fabric around your bangle and bring the ends up to join each other around the edge of your bracelet. This will make it easier for you to sew all the way around without the trouble of manipulating your needle in the tight space inside the bangle.
Step 6: Wrap the rough edge of your fabric up and over the edge of your bangle and lay the finished end of the fabric, the part that was the end of the sleeve, over on top of that. Lining up your knit so that the pattern is aligned to itself, start using a simple whip stitch (see here) start sewing your edges together. This is the simplest and fastest stitch to the edges closed and since the knit will hide your thread, you can do this quickly without worrying too much about it looking perfectly straight every time.
whip stitchStep 7: As you begin stitching your way around I found that if you wrap your raw edge up and over the edge of your bangle you can thread your needle through the bottom part before you thread it through the finished edge. Doing this will create something of a finished hem on the raw edge before attaching it to the finished edge. This will also prevent your knit from fraying and your thread potentially ripping through the cut edges of your fabric.  Step 8:  Continue with the whip stitch until you work your way completely around the bangle. To finish, tie a double knot as close to your hem as you can manage. Without cutting your thread, run your needle back into your fabric as close to the knot as possible and have the needle protrude somewhere farther down along your fabric.
Step 9: Pull your thread through and pull tight and cut your thread as close to your fabric as you can. When your taught thread releases, it’ll pull into the space between the fabric and your bangle and this way it won’t just be hanging out where it might either be visible or irritate your skin.
invisible knot Step 10: Rotate the now finished hem of your new knit bangle into the inside thus hiding your seam.
Step 11: Rock that new accessory!
Perfect for this cooler weather, you might consider making a couple of these and giving them away as inexpensive Christmas gifts!
Michelle
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