I saw an instagram image a few weeks ago with these stunning printed fabric bangles, and I knew immediately I had to find a way to recreate them. Since their version was for upwards of $200 a bangle, I knew that with a little ingenuity and my fun fabric prints, I could create a similar version for less than $5 each. I love the finished product so much I now want to create more and stack them high for all my outfits!
Let’s get started! What you need:
1. Fun printed fabric (mine is available for sale on my Spoonflower site!)
2. Miscellaneous pieces of scrap leather. You can find this at your local Micheal’s. Look for the thinnest scraps you can find!
4. Tacky Glue (a craft drawer must have!)
5. Blank wood bangles, purchased from Etsy
Step 1: Measure out the length and width of your bangle. Add 1/4” all the way around to fold over on the sides and end. Cut this piece on the bias (at a 45 degree angle) on your fabric, to allow it more stretch and give. Although this is not necessary you will get a smoother end result.
Step 2: Measure out the length and width of the inside of the bangle, and cut it just about 1/8″ small on both sides, so the leather does not quite reach the full inside width of the bangle. In order to measure, I just dot the inside of the bangle and then roll it out on the leather to see where to stop. Nothing too scientific!
Step 3: Glue along one inside section of the bangle and fold and press the fabric into the glue. Work slowly, section by section, to allow you to smooth out as many folds in the fabric as possible. When you reach the end, fold over the edge 1/4 so there is no raw edge showing. Let dry.
Step 4: Repeat on the other side, and use your fingers to push and slide the fabric to smooth out the folds. Make sure you let dry for 5-10 minutes in between gluing.
Step 5: Glue a portion of the leather, then place it on the inside of the bangle. Again, working slowly, add more glue and press the leather against the inside of the bangle, covering up your raw cut fabric edges.
Voila! Now you know how to make dozens of printed fabric bangles! I suggest stacking at least three of these in contrasting fabrics in order to really add a fun twist to your next outfit!