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Oh my stinking gosh, I have fallen sew so far behind in my National Sewing Month’s SO Celebrate Sewing…please excuse me!  Apparently, life with a Kindergartener is much more hectic than I anticipated!

At last count, I was 6 posts behind.  I think that was 2 days ago.  That puts me at about 8 posts behind.  So, I’m going to try my darndest to catch up this weekend.  But – you should know that I have my legs crossed right now so nothing I say can be held against me!

For tonight, I’d like to show off my newest Jelly Roll purchase, and demonstrate how I made a very fast and easy cuff bracelet from just 2 of the strips.

I purchased this "jelly roll" on clearance for $4.99!

I unrolled it to discover this selection of gorgeousness.

I very scientifically haphazardly wrapped my favorite strip around my wrist to determine where to trim off the excess. Cut two identical strips.

I chose my second favorite fabric to serve as the coordinating ruffle that I attached to the top and bottom of the cuff. I folded it in half, pressed, and trimmed off about 1/2"

Sew the ruffle fabric onto the two sides, making your ruffles/pleats as you go. Of course you could opt to make your pleats/ruffles ahead of time, but yeah right! It's much faster just to wing it.

Apply fusible interfacing to the second strip of the main fabric. Then, sew both main fabric strips together, right sides facing.

Turn right side out and press. Next, finish your two edges however you like. (I thought I was going to just serge my edges, but then I decided I wanted a more pristine finish. So, I had to pull back the seams a little at each end, turn down the orange and then fold in the blue on top. Hard to explain, but youll see what I mean if you do it that way!)

Here is what I ended up with ... I like it even more than I thought I would!

To fasten the two edges, I simply attached a snap. (It wouldn't be a true So Sew Something post without a blurry photo of an important step!)

So there you go – a very very very easy fabric wrist cuff / bracelet!  What a great way to show off your favorite fabric …better yet, what a great way to purchase that crazy expensive fabric you’ve always wanted – if you only need 1/8 yard, no big deal for your wallet!

Time: probably took me about 20 minutes.  Remember, the jelly roll people did most of the cutting for me!

Cost: Practically FREE – maybe 50 CENTS total!!!  hollah people hollah!

See you very soon!!!  Feel free to share your own ideas / plans for a cuff of your own!

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I cannot begin to tell you how much I’ve been freaking out to make something fun!  Before you call 9-1-1, rest assured that while my blog has been quiet…I HAVE BEEN MAKING THINGS…just not things that I can love for myself!  I’ve been making possible “looks” for the SXSW Etsy Fashion Show and the prototype bridesmaid’s dress for a wedding I’m hired for.  So, yes, busy.  Fun…well, only sometimes!

THIS – HOWEVER – WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUN!

Can't get enough of all these punchy Spring colors!

Why?????

1. So Fast – seriously, y’all – 5 minutes.  (I put hamburger meat on the stove and ran upstairs to do this while it browned!)

2. So Cheap – total cost – $5.50..and i can make THREE of these so it really only cost about $1.75.

3. So Easy – you’ll see….just wait….soooo easy!!!

I first saw these during my sewing weekend that I had with my pals Tiffany, Faith and Jeana.  Both Tiffany and Faith walked in wearing one of these…I think Tiff’s was black and Faith’s was gray…I could be wrong…regardless, they were both fabulous!  I have been obsessed ever since!

Here’s how to do it:

Go thrifting (at a store or your closet) and find all the colors of T shirts that you want. Faith gave me a great tip - be sure you choose only really soft ones b/c the firmer ones don't shrivel up or stretch correctly! For my necklace, I bought 4 colors...if I'd had more time I probably would've gotten 30!

For each shirt, cut off the hem at the bottom.

For each necklace, begin cutting strips off the bottom. I cut 3 of each color...I didn't measure their widths, I just cut them skinny. You can do whatever width you want!

here are my strips...The really deep orange T-shirt wasn't sewn well on the sides, so I only kept one strip for the necklace. i decided to use the broken strips to tie the whole thing together. One thing i didn't get a photo of - put all your strips together and begin stretching them to the same length. I think it will take a while for this to happen, but it's pretty fun!

Then, just take a small strip of one of the Tshirt strips and begin wrapping it around the group of strips...I should clarify - these aren't 'strips' really, they're circles! Anyway, wrap the strip around the circles, then tie it off and trim the excess. Then, little missy, you have yourself a fabulous necklace!!

Here is again, for an encore! I am grunting I love this so much!!!

I’m wearing mine right now over a fun white T-shirt and it just looks sooooo bright and fresh.  I wish I could snap a photo but i’m not that great of a contortionist!

Again – this is so easy, so fast and so cheap…what could be better???

If you’d like to have one just like mine…..leave me a comment between now and Friday night….how about suggesting my next tutorial???

happy thrifting, shirting, cutting and wearing!

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