Goodbye 2013

Wow. It’s the last day of 2013. Crazy, right?  The year always goes so fast!  Although my intentions for making my blog more established haven’t quite happened, I am okay with that at this point.  I am slowly getting into posting more often (okay, very slowly) and I know it will take time to get into doing it regularly.  I have enjoyed making this blog more of my own since I began it, and it has been nice to record a few of my favorite projects and make them available to others who can then enjoy them as I have.  Thank you for comments.  Even though it’s just a small thing, it is very encouraging for me to read them, and inspires me to keep this blog going.

So, with that, Happy New Year!!!  I am excited to se what this blog will look like through the next year!!

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DIY: Leather Cuff Bracelet

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What do you do with those leather belts that get worn out and start to break apart after a time?  Make jewelry!  There is always some good leather left on your old belt, and that is the part that makes for a great bracelet.

Ready?

You’ll need:

-Old leather belt

-6-8 inches of suede string

-Scissors

-Ruler

Instructions:

First, find the part of your belt that is still good.  You’ll want it to be at least seven inches, or thereabouts, depending on your wrist size.

Wrap the part of the belt that you’ll be using for your bracelet around your wrist so the ends meet where you want them to.  Then, lay the belt next to the ruler to find the length to cut it to for your wrist.

Next, take your scissors and cut the leather to the size you need on both sides.

If your belt has holes in it already, then you can skip this step.  But, if you don’t have any holes in your leather, then you will need to put four holes in it, two on each side where the two ends meet, so the suede string can fit through.  You could probably use a safety pin for this step.

Now, string the suede through to make a sort of “x” shape where the ends meet.  Knot the ends of the suede.  The nice part of using suede for this is that you are able to adjust how tight you want your bracelet to fit, and it can now loosen for easy putting on.   (I left about 2-3 inches of suede on the ends before the knot, and just tuck them into the bracelet and under my sleeve.)

That’s it!! You’re done.  🙂

It is very quick, uses on hand materials, and turns out looking very neat and cool looking!

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(This is the back of the bracelet, where the suede makes an x for staying on.)

Enjoy!