Thursday, July 5, 2012
I've got a fun project today that uses strips from 2 liter bottles to make super awesome bangle bracelets. I used the 3/4" strips that were left over from when I made my Recycled Yarn Holders. You could just cut strips from a 2 liter bottle, if you didn't need another yarn holder (Who am I kidding?! Everyone needs another yarn holder!).
3/4" strips cut from a Sprite (or any other) 2 liter bottle - cut around the bottle, not top to bottom.
Small amount of size 3 crochet thread (I used Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Cotton)
Size D hook
Use your scissors to make sure that your strip of plastic has smooth edges. You don't have to get crazy and sand them, just make sure that there aren't any jagged edges that might scratch you. Trim the short ends of the plastic strip so that they're straight, if yours are cut wonky.
Sprite Bangle Cover
R1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch sp across (6 st)
R2-60: ch 1, sc in each sc across (6 st)
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Being careful not to twist the cover, whipstitch the short ends together to make a ring.
Place one cover around the outside of the plastic strip. Place the other cover into the center of the strip. There will probably be an inch or so of overlap on the ends of the plastic bottle strip. This is a really good thing. It will allow your bracelet to slightly stretch when you put it on and take it off. Whipstitch the sides of the cover together to fully encase the plastic.
What I really like about these bracelets is that they're a great project for using up scraps from other yarn projects. Recycling at its best. And they're PRETTY!!!! I couldn't help myself, I had to make a bunch. In the interest of full disclosure, you might not be able to stop either. It's pretty addictive. But, they would make great gifts, and your niece and girlfriends are going to want a bunch when they see you wearing them!!! So maybe it's good that you're going to want to make a ton of them... LOL!!!