My oldest DD wanted to make a bracelet for a sick friend, this is what we did. I found myself ransacking my sweater stash to pick out colors she liked. Went looking for beads and found a box of old jewelry to play with. They chose the beads because they were colorful and some actually glow in the dark.
Step 1: Choosing the Right Stuff.
After going through 2 bags and a couple of racks we found sweaters to repurpose. These are stained or felted or torn, but still have a lot of good material in them. My oldest chose the hot pink, my youngest chose the purple and I liked the beaded cream sweater. I took another sweater and cut off its sleeve in strips, which I stretched into thin strings. The girls both designed and created patterns with the beads. They had to rethink their patterns when they realized they were longer than the bracelet.
Step 2: Progress
For mine I used the strings that were holding on the beads and did a wavy pattern. Sarah and Hannah needed little holes snipped into theirs for the beads. We weaved a heavy piece of white string through the holes and strung a bead onto it.
Step 3: A Real Beading!
Here's the beginning set of beads and strings.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Here they are all done and pretty. Not bad for an rainy afternoon. The smaller ones are going to a neighbor friend to cheer her up after surgery.