DIY Braided Jewelry

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Our endlessly creative Mens’ and Womens’ Designer, Tiffany Ruiz, is all about the jewelry DIY. When asked advice on how to spend holiday down-time she provided quick and easy ways to make totally original pieces with old tees and fabric you have lying around the house.

I love jewelry because it gives you the freedom to personalize any outfit. You can make the same piece of clothing completely different depending on how you accessorize. – Tiffany Ruiz

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What you’ll need:

  • Old t-shirts or fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle & thread
  • Scissors
  • Jute (or any other yarn or rope you prefer)
  • Rope

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Braided Bracelet

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Instructions:

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Step 1: Choose your colors using old t-shirts or fabric. A combination of one pop color and two darker contrast colors often works best.

Step 2: Cut one strip from each of your three colors 10” high and 4” wide

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Step 3: Fold all three strips in half

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Step 4: Thread your sewing machine and sew your strips in half with a ½” seam allowance

Step 5: Turn your strips inside out so you get tubes

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Step 6: Pile the tubes on top of each other

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Step 7: Sew ends of tubes together at the top

Step 8: Braid the three tubes together. Note: Fit the braid tightly around your wrist, the fabric will stretch

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Step 9: Hand sew the two ends of your braid together

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Step 10: Cut 35″ of jute, leave 4″ allowance before you start winding

Step 11: Wind the jute around the braided bracelet (covering the hand sewn joint) to desired width.

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Step 12: Tie the jute in a knot at the underside of the bracelet

Braided Necklace

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Instructions:

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Step 1: Choose your colors using old t-shirts or fabric. Try one print to add a bit of texture. Cut one strip from each of your three colors 13″ high and 4.5″ wide

Step 2: Fold all three strips in half

Step 3: Thread your sewing machine and sew your strips in half with a 1/2″ seam allowance

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Step 4: Turn your strips inside out so you get tubes

Step 5: Pile all three tubes on top of each other and sew them together

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Step 6: Braid the three tubes together

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Step 7: Sew the end of the braid together

Step 8: Measure and cut rope dependent on the length you want your necklace to be. Thread the ends of the rope through the braided fabric with 2″ allowance at both ends

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Step 9: Cut 35″ of jute leaving 4″ allowance as you start winding. Wind the jute all the way to the start of the rope and back again, tie knot and cut jute back near the joint.

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Step 10: Cut off the excess rope

Step 11: repeat on the other side

Concept by Tiffany Ruiz

Photography by Andrew Lee

Written by Kate Koeller

 

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