How To

Make Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

Warmer weather is quickly approaching and although it’s not quite flip flop season, it is not too early to get started on wearing spring- and summer-inspired accessories. It’s so easy to make fabric-wrapped bangles, which remind me of days in the sun! If you already have a set of bangles, you can repurpose them for this […]

By Bonnie Thomas

Mar 09 2015

Fabric wrapped bangles

Fabric wrapped bangles

Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas
Warmer weather is quickly approaching and although it’s not quite flip flop season, it is not too early to get started on wearing spring- and summer-inspired accessories. It’s so easy to make fabric-wrapped bangles, which remind me of days in the sun! If you already have a set of bangles, you can repurpose them for this project. I purchased a set from a department store. Plastic or metal bangles will work equally well.
Fabric wrapped bangles
Fabric wrapped bangles
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas
Fabric wrapped bangles
Fabric wrapped bangles
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas

Materials to Make Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

  • Bangles
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Small charms
Materials needed to make fabric wrapped bangles
Materials needed to make fabric wrapped bangles
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas

Directions to Make Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

  1. Cut your fabric into strips about 1/4″ – 1/2″ wide.
  2. Apply a small dab of hot glue to a bangle, and then place the end of a fabric strip on to the glue.  This will hold the fabric in place while you wrap it.
  3. Wrap the fabric strip around the bangle. Wrap tightly, slightly overlapping the fabric as you go.
  4. You can apply charms as you wrap – the number of charms and the distance between them is up to you. Simply thread the fabric strip through the charm and then pull the charm close to the bangle. Adjust the tightness of fabric as you do this – you want the fabric to be tight enough to wrap around the charm and the bracelet, but loose enough for the charm to dangle.
  5. If it helps, apply hot glue in spots as you wrap. I did this about 2-3 times per bangle to help maintain the tension of the fabric.
  6. If your fabric strip is not long enough to wrap the entire bangle, glue the end piece into place and start with a new strip. Remember to apply another dab of hot glue to start a new fabric strip.
  7. When you have wrapped the entire bangle, trim the fabric and then glue it into place.
Fabric wrapped bangles
Fabric wrapped bangles
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas
Fabric wrapped bangles
Fabric wrapped bangles
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas
These bangles are easily stacked and combined with other bracelets, so make plenty!  They are also an easy craft project to do with a group of friends.