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I can’t help, but be TOTALLY charmed by The Man Repeller. From the first time I read Leandra’s site, I knew that my blog roll had just gotten way more fun. The more-is-more fashion philosophy, the hilarious photos and maybe my favorite of all, the “arm party”! If you are not familiar with her fantastic blog, I highly recommend it – she has an awkwardly endearing way of making serious fashion seriously fun.

In true Man-Repeller spirit, I decided why make a single recycled bracelet project, when I could make an “arm party”??

-scrap leather
-scrap cotton fabric
-3 bangles (2 narrow, 1 wide)
-3 recycled ties (all the better if designer and silk!)
-vintage link necklace

-needle and thread
-glue gun
-needle nose pliers

You can save some time in the beginning by preparing the scrap leather and the links from the necklace.

-For the leather, cut off a wedge from the end that is a little over twice the width of the larger bangle and about 2" wide, and cut it into a tallish triangular shape. What is left will be cut into two thin strips, preferably around 16" long to wrap around the two smaller bangles.

-For the necklace you’ll need to decide how many links will go on each of the bangles. I chose for each of the smaller bangles to have three links and for the larger bangle to have two links.


-To separate the pieces, insert needle nose pliers into a link and bend backward until it can slip it off of the piece it is connected to.
-Use the pliers to bend the link back in to a closed position.


Small Bangles

Step 1: Begin by anchoring one end of the tie to the bracelet by putting a little bit of glue on to the bangle’s backside.
Step 2: When you get almost to where you started, cut off the excess leaving just a little bit to glue down to the bangle. (Be sure that any visible fraying ends are in a place that will be covered by the leather strip.)


Step 3: Anchor one end of the leather strip with glue and begin winding the rest around the bangle so there is a slight overlap. Keep the leather securely in place by adding a dabs of glue as you go.
Step 4: When the leather band is the width you want, cut off any excess at the end and stitch into place on the bangle’s backside.


Step 5: Finish by sewing both ends of the necklace links securely down to the leather. You can eliminate having any excess thread visible by inserting the needle under the leather for you first stitch.


Repeat these same steps on the other small bangle. When you’re finished, they should look like this:


Large Bangle

The process I followed for transforming the larger bangle was similar to the two smaller ones, but with a few additions. Also, I started by removing the brass plate on the top of the bracelet. This step wasn’t a necessity, but because I was adding an extra layer of material, I wanted to reduce as much extra bulk as possible.

Step 1: Add hot glue to bangle and begin tightly wrapping the tie around it, adding extra glue to spots as you go to reinforce the fit.


Step 2: Cut off extra material, leaving a tab about 2" long.


Step 3: Fold in about half an inch to conceal the unfinished end and sew it securely (and flatly!) into place on the backside of the bangle.
Step 4: Glue one end of the organic cotton to the bangle and begin tightly winding around the bangle. Finish by slipping the end under the last wound piece of fabric on the backside and securing with glue.


(The fabric will be filling in the gap between the where the tie begins and where it ends, so make sure than none of the unfinished bangle is exposed when you are done with this step.)

Now you’re ready to add the leather.

Step 5: Put a little hot glue on the back of the triangle and then place it in the center of the wrapped fabric. Pull both sides tight to have as flat a fit as possible and then sew the two overlapping ends together on the backside of the bangle.


Step 6: Finish by sewing the two chain lengths together down the center of the leather.


When you are finished it should look like this:


When added to a few others you get the resulting posse…


Thanks for the inspiration, Leandra!!


Kat Roberts lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as an artist, handbag and footwear instructor and accessories designer. In addition to almost constant crafting and contributing to BurdaStyle’s blog, she chronicles her obsession with creative recycling at her own blog, We Can Redo It.


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    Oct 1, 2011, 05.29 PMby tambasmall

    I have re-fashioned some old plastic bangles and covered with fabric before. This article showed me that the fabric glue would keep it together. What I did, I only hand sewed the fabric end onto the bangle bracelet. Glad I read this article, AWesome!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 11.02 PMby Whitehaus

      Yay! So glad this helped! I tried it without glue once before, too. It really needs both to keep the nice tight shape you intend. It’s not so pretty when it gets saggy:)

      Hope you post some of your results!

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    Sep 5, 2011, 10.22 PMby o0helen0o

    I’m not sure if you knew this, but that necklace was actually reallllly valuable

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    Sep 5, 2011, 12.11 AMby kelepso


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    Sep 4, 2011, 07.04 PMby Annie Ann Zamarripa

    i will try this

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    Sep 3, 2011, 04.05 PMby marloncosta

    very creative!

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    Sep 2, 2011, 01.04 PMby Toria Young

    i am def. going to try thissss!

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    Sep 1, 2011, 06.57 PMby Ruth Meiland

    WOW I love this!!! will try it soon

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