Jewellery made from cloth
There is a great way to recycle old clothes and other fabrics that you might have lying around the house – turn them into jewellery! Yes, you heard it right, all you need are a pair of scissors to cut up the cloths into a variety of shapes and sizes, strong glue to stick them together, wire, string or yarn and any embellishment that you might want to add in the form of beads and gemstones.
Cloth jewellery, especially the handmade, DIY variety is in vogue now and their charm lies in the fact that they are unique. The style, design, colour scheme and pattern - all can be according to you, which makes this a chic fashion accessory to master.
Cut out squares of different coloured cloth and stick them in a contrasting patter – on a square base, tilt the second square to form a diamond or a star shape, on that, paste another square. You can fortify the first square of cloth with a piece of cardboard that is the same size. Once your cloth pendant is made, paste it onto a stiff wire or a strong piece of coloured yarn. Cover the wire with ribbon by entwining it all over the length of it and then bend it to fix on your neck or even wrist.
Buy wooden beads – you will get them at any store which sells sewing supplies. Choose ones which have holes pierced in them so that you can string them easily. Cut out bits of different coloured cloth and wrap them around the beads, securing them with glue and then string them together on a rolled length of fabric or even a ribbon to make a colourful fabric beaded necklace. You can loop this around your neck in different sized loops, depending on how long you make it.
Make silk rosettes which you can then paste on a length of string or ribbon, or cut out colourful bits of velvet cloth and paste the bits together artistically to make a quirky combination. Lace is also a beautiful fabric for jewellery, lace necklaces and lace earrings make a very chic statement. To do this, cut out rounds of lace (if you are making earrings), buy hooks and pins that you will need and fashion pretty lace earrings out of scrap lace.
If you have broad coloured laces of sneakers that you never wear, use those to create a colourful bracelet. Place them side by side together and twist them together to form a colourful band, secure the middle with a metal clasp or a hook and attach smaller hooks to the ends.
Braid long strips of different coloured satiny cloth to make beautiful and quirky necklaces or wrist bands – in the latter case, wear a number of such bands together to make your wrist look like it’s having a party!
Big fabric buttons on your clothes? Don’t throw them away, salvage them and use them to make pendant necklaces. Stick them securely to colourful lengths of string in numbers or in single pieces and wear them with plain white tops to make a style statement worth remembering.
Felt can be fashioned into rings, cut them into strips, loop them in between each other and make small rosettes. Cluster them together and paste them on a plain band with extra strong glue to make beautiful and colourful rings. You can cut shapes out of printed fabric, paste bits of hard paper, cut in the same shape on the back and attach it to a length of wire which you can then twist to fit your finger.
The ideas are numerous when it comes to making your own fabric jewellery – get creative and make your own immediately, if you haven’t already.