So . . . I decided to pair the Iron Crafter competition with my sudden jewelry lust. And this pairing could not be cheaper, easier or cuter.
Go to your recycle bin, your scrap pile and your button bin and grab:
-a soda can
-coordinating or contrasting scraps
-a button (for bangle and anklet)
-a 3 or 4 inch piece of thin elastic (use 3 inches for bangle and 4 inches for anklet)
-1/4 inch double bias tape (for bangle and anklet)
First, let's work on a bangle or anklet . . . oh . . . just do both.
1) Cut a strip from the soda can to desired width. (To cut a soda can, create a slit with a knife. Then use wiggle scissors in and cut like paper. This is fairly easy.)
2) Cut strips of fabric scraps long enough to wrap around the soda can and overlap on the inside. I used various widths of fabric scraps.
3) Loop elastic strip and sew it (yes, with a sewing machine) to one end of the soda can. I went back a forth three or four times to make the elastic loop very secure. I know it looks super ugly, but we're going to cover that up so don't worry about it.
4) Take one strip of fabric. Place it on the other end and sew on the button going through both the can and the fabric strip. Put the button far enough away from the end of the can so that a piece of double piece tape will fit over the end. (Make sure the needle is solid. Flimsy needles may bend during this process.)
5) Use Modge Podge and paint brush affix fabric to can. With each strip added, paint the Modge Podge directly on the can first, wrap fabric strip around can so that fabric overlaps on the inside/underside the fabric first, and cover strip in Modge Podge. Keep adding strips this way all the way to the other end of the can. Try to line up the inside overlap seam. Don't worry about the white, gluey Modge Podge look. It will dry clear.
7) Cut two pieces of double bias tape the same length as each can end.
8) Line the inside of the double bias tape with fabric glue. Place over each end. Cover liberally with Modge Podge.
9) Let dry.
Well, I was planning on showing off the ring tutorial as well, but I'm tired and there's always more blogging to be done tomorrow . . . so that will have to wait. For now, enjoy your new,