As soon as I saw this craft on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. Something that cute, that Anthropologie-esque could not possibly be that easy or inexpensive. Well, I am happy- no ECSTATIC- to report that yes, these really are that easy. And quick. And inexpensive.
Quick list of materials:
- Vintage hankies- ones you don’t mind cutting up, and ones with lots of color in them
- Thread (I used craft thread since it’s a little sturdier)
- Jewelry findings: End caps, jump rings, clasps (Charms are optional)
- Needle nose pliers
- Glue (I used super glue; but my Pinspiration used E6000…I just can’t stand that smell)
- Optional: bamboo skewer (you’ll see why)
I had picked up several pretty hankies at an antique store for $1 each. First, I unfolded one of the hankies and cut it into three strips, each strip roughly 1.5” wide. For my hankies, this means each one will be used for two bracelets- double score!
Then, I gathered the three strips together and tied tightly with craft thread. And yes, I “encouraged” some fraying to give it just enough worn charm.
Then, I gave the three strips a tight-ish braid. I periodically twisted each strip as I braided to allow frayed edges to show or to allow the colored areas to end up facing out. At the end of the braid, I tied the other end with the craft thread, just as I had at the beginning.
After trimming off excess hankie-bits and thread, I put super glue (I used Loctite super glue gel control because there’s no odor, it doesn’t drip, and the applicator can get in itty-bitty places) in the end cap.
THIS is where my bamboo skewer came in handy. I used the skewer to smoosh (technical term) the end of the hankie braid into the end cap, evenly and firmly.
I added some jump rings and a lobster claw clasp (I won’t bore you with those photos) and in just minutes, ended up with a really cute bracelet.
I have a feeling I’m going to make more of these!