This bracelet certainly won't keep you warm this winter, but it sure is cute! It does take some time to make, but is well worth it.You can make a necklace this way also, but make it longer. This is my first attempt and I had to improvise a few things; hopefully I'll find better ways to make it later, but here's what I've got so far:
Step 1: Get supplies
You will need:
-fabric (something lightweight. I think floral patterns look the best.)
-Beads (round beads will be the easiest to use).
-A piece of ribbon
-A needle and thread that matches your material (or a sewing machine if you are more talented than me at using them)
-1 Safety pin
(All of these things can be purchased at craft stores, but I found all of mine around the house. If you don't have fabric, try using a lightweight blouse that you don't wear anymore.)
Step 2: Sew the fabric
Cut your fabric as long as you want your bracelet to be (measure around your wrist and then add about 8-15 extra inches for the knots you will be tying and so you have enough to make a bow from the extra fabric on the ends.
Cut your fabric wide enough to fit around your beads and add about a 1/2 in. extra to make room for sewing.
Fold the fabric in 1/2 lengthwise and sew down cut side (so that it is sewn into a tube). Attach the safety pin to one end and pull through the tube so that the seam is on the inside and doesn't show. Tie a knot at one end with a piece of string, but leave enough room to make a bow out of the fabric to secure the bracelet to your wrist.
(I obviously ran out of fabric, because I only gave myself a few extra inches, so I improvised with some ribbon)
Step 3: Beads
Slip a bead down the fabric tube, and secure it by tying a string around the other side of it, make sure it's tight. Continue to do this until it reaches the desired length. once you have enough beads you can tie a bow and wear your new jewelry or give it as a gift.
(You can, instead of tying knots with string, knot the fabric, but this uses up more fabric and doesn't work with thicker materials)