Here is a super easy baseball bracelet for you to make for yourself or give to a fellow baseball fan. They are inexpensive and very fun to make. I hope you give this a try!
MATERIALS NEEDED: (For two bracelets)
- Craft knife
- 2 Jewelry clasps ( I used a carabiner-style clasp)
- Jewelry charms with carabiner-style end (optional)
- Sewing needle and red thread
1)Start by using your craft knife to cut through the leather along both sides of the baseball’s red stitching line. I drew a line first to keep me on track, but this is totally optional since you will be trimming off more later.
2)Peel leather off ball. You may need to use your craft knife to clip some of the core threads away from the leather. Your result will be one red ball stitch segment, all in one piece, and two oblong pieces.
3) Your stitch piece is very curvy and you will have a hard time making a bracelet at this point. First, cut the stitch piece into two even pieces for your two bracelets. This will make it easier for the next step, which is to soften and straighten the leather. To do this, simply place your two pieces into a cup of warm water and leave for 30-45 minutes. Take bracelets out of the water, pat dry, and start tugging at them until they are straightened. Pin them on a flat surface to dry. I had a large piece of polystyrene with which to do this step. Just use whatever you can find like sturdy cardboard or something similar. Pull it as taut as you are able. Let dry this way for a couple of hours,
4)With sharp scissors, trim any unevenness you have along the side edges. you may cut closer to the stitches, just make sure not to cut through any of them. It will help to hold the scissors straight up and down and not at an angle.
5)Let’s put on the clasp so you can put this puppy on your wrist! Untie the red stitches up about an inch on both ends. Trim off the tiny leather ends. Bring all threads to the back of the bracelet and tie knots to secure.
6) Tie the clasp loop onto one of your baseball threads. Repeat for the other side.
7)With a needle and thread, run a few stitches back and forth across the tied ends to tack down onto the back of the bracelet, catching in the ball stitches to secure. Tie a knot, run needle under anywhere to hide loose end. Clip off.
8) If desired, attach charms. I found charms that clipped right onto the bracelet with no extra tools needed. I clipped them onto the ring end of the clasp.
With or without charms, these bracelets are sure to be a big “hit”!!!