I’ve actually been making these super sparkly flower corsage bracelets for a while now. In fact I gave one to one of the boys’ prom dates, not in lieu of a real flower corsage, but as a memento of the occasion. Only now I can’t remember who the date was.
I learned a long time ago not to get too attached to dates. At least not until they’ve been around for a while. It’s something you learn as your kids get older. It saves you a lot of heartache. There have been times when I think I was more sad about the break up than they were!
Those of you with older kids…you understand. Or is it just me?
It didn’t occur to me to share them here on my blog until I was doing my spring cleaning and came across a box full of supplies I use to make them. I’d forgotten how fun and easy they are to make. There is something meditative about sewing beads, rhinestones and buttons on one after another.
Here are the instructions so that you can make some too!
- 3/4 inch wide Dritz Non-Roll Elastic
- Darice Rhinestones
- Sharp needles
- Buttons – various sizes
- Blumenthal Lansing Large Focal Button(s)
- ToHo Seed Beads
- Mark Richards Fluerettes (or another fabric flower of your choice)
- Jacquard Textile Color – optional
Cut a length of elastic to the size of your wrist plus about 3/4 of an inch for overlap. Stitch the two ends together overlapping them by 3/4 of an inch or whatever length you cut for overlap.
If you are using the flowers I did that have a clip and you would like to be able to remove them be sure to stitch the overlapped ends in two places. I stitched straight across the elastic near the two ends in sort of an “I I” fashion. This leaves a channel to put the clip through as well as making the bracelet stronger.
Now comes the fun part. Starting at one end of the bracelet (If you are using the clip on flower begin at one end of the “I I” stitches leaving the center part where the clip goes undecorated – otherwise the flower won’t sit properly) begin stitching down rhinestones, beads and buttons. Add them all the way to the other end of the stitching.
Black elastic was a perfect choice for this black and white flower corsage bracelet.
You probably won’t be able to find elastic to go with his this pretty aqua color combo but that’s not a problem. I used Jacquard Textile Color to paint the elastic before adding the beads and buttons. Textile color doesn’t change the hand of the material so it is easy to sew through. Now you can have elastic any color you want!
I love that these can be made in just about any color combo and can be a saved as a memento of a very fun occasion. Whether it’s prom, a wedding or other special day.
Oh! And I almost forgot. The flowers I used can be removed from the flower corsage bracelet and clipped into your hair or pinned onto a lapel and you can still wear the bracelet part (with the empty space toward the inside of your wrist) for a fun bracelet minus the flower. Bonus!