Friday, November 11, 2011

Gifts on the Fly - Wristlets in Under an Hour!

As promised, dear readers, I will be sharing some of my favourite gifts to make over the next few weeks. These are great gifts to make "on the fly", since they are usually made in about an hour's time. Today, we'll be making a handy wristlet, good to use for keys, cell phones, or even scissors. You will need the following supplies for this project:
- one piece of fabric, 3 and 1/4 inches wide by 14 inches long (if you plan on making multiples, cut fabric 3 and 1/4 inch by WOF [width of fabric], then cut into 3 pieces each 14 inches long)
- one 5/8 inch, or 3/4 inch "D" rings (available at Michaels, or in bulk on Ebay) for each wristlet
- one split key ring or lanyard hook, for each wristlet, depending on its intended use
- grosgrain ribbon of your choice, 7/8 inches wide (also available at Michaels)
- about an hour of free time :-)

Ready to get started? Set your timer for 60 minutes, and let's go!

First, iron and cut a piece of fabric that measures 3 and 1/4 inches wide by 14 inches long. I like to use starch when I do this project, as it keeps my folds nice and crisp.

 Next, fold the fabric in half along the short edge, wrong sides together; you should now have a piece that measures 1 and 5/8 inches wide by 14 inches long. Iron this fold, then open up the fabric again and lay it wrong side facing up. Now, you want to fold each long edge towards the middle, and press those seams as well. Your project should now look like this:

One more fold along the long edge will keep the raw edges hidden. Again, press with your hot iron, and add a bit more starch if necessary. Next, stitch all the way around the outer edge, using about 1/16th of an inch seam. Here, I use my quarter inch foot, and just line up the outer edges of my fabric on the inside of the feed. When you are done, it should look like this:

You can see that there is a bit of a "nest" corner - don't worry about that, as it will be hidden soon! What you want to do next, is to determine which part of your fabric will be the "outside" - of course, if your fabric is uniformly printed or a solid colour, this won't matter. Slide your D-ring onto the fabric, making sure that the "D" faces the outside of your wristlet. Then, overlap the short edges of your fabric by about 1/4 inch, and secure either with a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch. I usually go over this 3-4 times, to make sure it is nice and secure.

Next, cut a piece of grosgrain ribbon about 3 inches long. Slide your secured edges close to your D-ring (about 1/2 inch from the bottom of it); next, fold one edge of the grosgrain ribbonto the inside of your wristlet, covering your stitched edge. Wrap the grosgrain ribbon around your wristlet to the other side, and tuck the other edge to the inside of the wristlet as well.

Again, using about a 1/16 inch seam, sew around the edges of the grosgrain ribbon; I usually go around my seams 2 times, backstitching at both the beginning and the end of my stitches to secure them. When you are done, trim your loose threads, and admire your project which should now look like this:

From here, you can add a split key ring or a lanyard hook, depending on what you will be using it for. Now, check your timer and see how much time you have left - hopefully enough time to enjoy a nice cuppa tea or coffee, giving you time to choose fabric for more wristlets!

2 comments: said...

nicely done!

Penny said...

Thanks for the instructions -- I'll print these off for future use.