There are just so many different ranges of accessories out there. Some are affordable, some dirt cheap (but don’t last) and others just pricey that we have to think twice before breaking into our bank account. I know DIY is not everyone’s cup of tea. Like me, I do love making stuff, but the process of making something can cause me to get lazy and stop just when I start putting them together. But, that’s not to say I haven’t made accessories that are surprisingly pretty nice!
This brooch for instance.
I had made this on a whim – meaning, when I was really bored. I have a pretty impressive fabric stash, yes, I love fabric, that’s my weakness. I think that’s the one other thing I inherited from my Mum – the love of fabric. So I had bought this nice, blue with purplish tinges all around fabric quite a while back…about 15 years ago? But had never really used it to make anything. The initial plan was to make a dress, but that’s me I plan, I buy, it sits there. So having seen other people make flower brooches, I thought I’d give it a try.
Basically, I had to cut circles for the petals, but instead I opted to cut wavy sort of shapes. Next, because it’s a light synthetic fabric, I used a candle to burn the edges. That caused it to create ripples on the edges. Then I placed all the pieces of wavy burnt end fabric together, and sewed on a fabric covered button on top. I used the same fabric to make the button, using a button making set. You can get that easily from Spotlight or Lincraft. On the underside, I placed a small piece of felt and using a hot glue gun pasted a brooch pin on the back. I got the brooch back from the Haby Goddess that came in a pack of 20 for only $5.00.
Voila! I have myself a pretty sweet flower brooch! I’ve used this on my hair previously as well. It was quite tricky to use the brooch back to pin on my hair, but I did it. If you intend to use it as both a brooch and hair pin, I would suggest using a duck-clip instead of the brooch back.
The other thing I made recently were some bracelets. I only needed some leather thonging for the one bracelet and some nice metal beads.
I love metal with leather – it’s chic yet still has that slight edgy feel. This was was pretty easy to make – string and knot the beads onto the length of leather you need. To wear it, I simply wind the bracelet around my wrist and tie a knot at the end.
I also made two other bracelets using a clear nylon line. It’s a transparent string, which has sort of a rubbery pull to it. Like an elastic. So all I had to do was to string the beads together and knot the ends. The result:
The beads cost me $8.00 for a pack of 50, I had the leather thonging in my craft box already, but it normally costs about say less than $3.00 for a metre long leather and the clear nylon line cost me about less than $3.00 for a roll of 9 metres. Cheap, quick and easy! I bought all the beads and stringing supplies from Eureka Beads, who also also has an online store. I’ve still got a lot beads, leather thonging and nylon line left over, which means I could make more if I chose to. So see, each bracelet cost me less than $5 to make, and it didn’t take a long time to create either.
With DIY stuff, all you need, besides the materials, is a little bit of imagination. That way you’ll have a unique, one of a kind creation that nobody else will have.