December 13, 2010

How to Stretch Your Jewelry

So I know I said I'd be posting mostly gifts I'd be making leading up to Christmas, but I accidentally lied.  I don't want to steal the surprise for the gift recipients, so I won't be posting too much gift stuff.  Sorry.  However, today I wanted to share a simple idea that will help you stretch the jewelry you have. 

What does that mean?  Well, I'm going to show you how to make more out of what you have.  Here's the simple equation we'll be working with today.


You see, I really like jewelry, but I don't always remember to use it - particularly bracelets.  Do you have any bracelets that haven't seen the outside of a drawer for a while?  Well, they make great necklaces and don't worry, you can still use them both ways.  We're not doing anything permanent to the jewelry.

You see, a lot of the necklaces I find myself admiring look just like a bracelet strung up.  Here are three current examples from Anthropologie.




So here's the surgery.  For two of my bracelets I cut thin strips of a t-shirt.  (I had to sew two strips together for each side so they were long enough.)  The knit strips naturally roll up as you give them a tug lengthwise.  (You might have to play with your shirt to see which direction you should cut the fabric to make it naturally roll up.)


Just string the fabric through the hole or latch.  Presto.  A new necklace. 


For this one I used embroidery floss, since the bracelet already had floss wrapped around it.  I love the current jewelry trend of mixing dressy and casual elements.


Lastly, I used t-shirt scraps for this one as well.  You could use ribbon or just about anything.


Now feel like I have three new necklaces, but I didn't spend a dime.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!

30 comments:

Craftcherry said...

Fantastic idea! I only ever wear my charm bracelet now...so all my other pretty bracelets end up sitting in my jewelry box. Can't wait to try this out!

Laura said...

what a great idea-- I totally have a bunch of bracelets that I never wear-- I will now. Thanks!

Taylor Swim said...

Very cleaver. It makes me want to go out and buy braclets to use. I love this idea!

Alice said...

Fantastic idea and really cutting edge. Thanks for the tip!

Out on a limb said...

Brilliant!

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs said...

Yes definitely a brilliant idea! :) Youre so clever, thank you for sharing the your idea! :)

Tiggeriffic said...

You are one clever rabbit.. Going to make up a kit and give to Grandgirls to make their own necklaces. that would be a good christmas present? m-? put it in a special box.. with directions...
thanks for the idea...After all the Chirstmas presents are opened it will give them something creative to do...
ta ta for now..from Iowa.

Joanna - To a Pretty Life said...

What a great idea! I have a bracelet that my husband gave me, and I recently wore it as a choker-length necklace. I had trouble with it coming untied a couple of times though. It looked way better as a necklace than as a bracelet!

Kim's Treasures said...

What a great idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea!!! Very cute stuff.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!

Jeanna said...

This so awesome.... I have a lot of bracelets I don't were or know what to do with and this is great.

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Justine said...

Yay! I have a lot of broken bracelets that I can use

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Mishka said...

Love the necklaces, I am going to have to go through my jewelry box and see what I can make. I have another re-fashion of sorts for you. I re-fashioned my Christmas cards from last year into an ornament. link to a picture if you are interested: http://mishkacole.blogspot.com/2010/12/recycled-christmas-card-ornaments.html

jacque4u2c said...

Just awesome!

Vanessa Hewell said...

great idea! i was going to buy beads to try to make similar necklaces but the beads are crazy expensive and i'm not finding the colors i want. i'll be on the look out for bracelets instead. thanks!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

what a great idea!!!!! i have a bunch of bracelets i never wear, this is just what they need!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

what a great idea!!!!! i have a bunch of bracelets i never wear, this is just what they need!

D & H said...

I hope you'll post the Christmas gifts after Christmas!

Candi said...

Love this!! I can't wait to go dig in my jewelry box!!

Anonymous said...

Very good idea! To recycle an make a special gift for Christmas. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. "...and make..."

Pearl Girl said...

again..... your a stinkin genius!!!!

Mrs. W said...

love it!!! tfs! I can now make necklaces and bracelets longer! I have a few short necklaces that just don't look right unless they are longer and I didn't want to get rid of them (they are too pretty). Now I can wear them! Thanks again!

naturallady said...

Such a great idea, I have plenty of bracelets in my jewelry box that I look at everyday and never wear. I think I will make one real quick, got plenty of fabric to look through

Delia said...

So pretty Cheri. I love the brown wooden beads with the ribbon.

Bear Lake Bunns said...

I love this! I have been wanting to make a necklace similar for a while now and I think I may just be able to do it super cheap. Thanks!

Melissa said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. W said...

Thank you for this tutorial!!! I copied it and linked you! http://twolittlechickadees.blogspot.com/2011/05/stretching-your-jewelry.html

Mrs. W said...

Ooops! I forgot to mention that I linked you on my blog!

http://twolittlechickadees.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-07-03T13%3A29%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=5

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