I wanted to have this post published a few weeks ago, so anyone interested could also donate a bracelet to the charity, but I've still been having problems with Blogger. Since I've been away, there was quite a few changes to the way posts are created and how to insert pictures. But I think I have gotten the hang of it now, so look out for lots of new posts from now on :)
For quite a while now I have wanted to create something for Craft Hope. This crafty website combines handmade items and helping others in need. The idea is to gather as many handmade items and then the website distributes them to different charities and non-profit organizations. The first project sent pillowcase dresses to impoverished children in Brazil. Another project made sock monkeys for child burn victims in California.
Project 12 is making friendship bracelets for an orphanage in Russia. For a long time I have wanted to donate something, but I either missed the deadline, didn't have the time or the project was something I've never made (project 5 was quilts). When I saw this friendship bracelet, I knew it had to do it!
The bracelet is easy (and of course) environmentally friendly. I used an old shirt and ribbon remnants. Here's what I did:
I have a shirt in a pretty colour that didn't fit right anymore ...
So I cut it up! Into 3 long strips.
I have freakishly small wrists, so I made this bracelet to fit me because I know it will also fit children at that size.
Now you just need something to cover the seam. I used a small piece of leftover ribbon I had in a matching colour. A contrasting colour would also look nice. Or you could use a big decorative button and hand sew it on.
Wrap the ribbon (right sides facing) around the bracelet over the seam. Stitch, trim ends and then turn right side out.
Easy peasy, right? I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I mailed it out to Craft Hope the next day. In a recycled paper box of course.