For my project, I decided to make some pretty velvet bracelets. I am shamelessly in love with velvet. Like George from Seinfeld, I would totally drape myself in velvet from head to toe if I could get away with it.
So I knew I wanted to use some of May Arts' velvet ribbon for something - and in the spirit of rushed, last-minute holiday gifting, I decided to make a quick and easy present. These velvet bracelets would make good stocking stuffers too:
For this project, choose whichever shade of their ribbon you like best - I chose an antique pink and robin's egg blue. Cut a length big enough to just fit around your wrist (hint: if it's a gift and you aren't sure, the average wrist size is about 7 inches).
Next, choose your embellishments. I used tiny pearls and marcasite beads, because I liked the contrast of the colors and textures against the ribbon. Sew your beads onto the center of the ribbon in whatever pattern you prefer. I think a random placement is a little less stuffy, but other ideas would be to spell out a name, initial, or do a cool geometric pattern.
Finally, secure the ends of the ribbon in ribbon clamps (mine were Bead Landing,) and attach a clasp to make a bracelet.
Super fast to make, and a cute add-on to any gift. I think these would add a little sparkle to a holiday or New Years Eve party outfit, don't you?
Check out the May Arts Blog for more ideas, and of course these other lovely projects to try today: