D.I.Y. BY ADENA: STUDDED SUEDE HEADBAND

Below, you will find the latest and greatest from my D.I.Y. extraordinaire sister, Adena. This week, she was inspired by studs. Studs are very on-trend in fashion right now–they’re on bags, jewelry, leather jackets, shoes and everything in between. Adena came up with a fun, easy, not to mention inexpensive way for you to rock your own studded accessory of the moment: in the form of a suede headband. The best part? You can make one of your own in just three simple steps and without breaking the bank. Enjoy!

The final product: A Studded Suede headband.  Find out how to make one of your own below.

Materials:  scissors, a needle and thread, one hair elastic, studs and 18" piece of pre-cut suede.
MATERIALS:
Scissors, a needle and thread, one hair elastic, studs and 18″ piece of pre-cut suede.

STEPS: 1) First, measure your head by wrapping the piece of suede around it as if it's a headband already.  Here, you can find out how much extra material you should cut off. Be sure to leave a little bit of extra material so you can loop the ends of the suede through your elastic band. 2) To create your headband itself, take your elastic band and loop the loose ends of your suede around each side.   2) Once your material is looped through your elastic band/hair tie, begin to sew a few stitches on each side to secure. You can also use super glue for this step but I have found the stitches are a bit more sturdy. 3) Now onto the studs: you can use as many studs as you choose, depending on the look you are going for. I've included two looks above--one with more studs and one with less.  Push the stud's prongs through the suede material and once they've gone through, bend them down so they are now lying flat along the suede. This will help them to stay secure.   And voila! You have yourself a comfy chic headband. Feel free to play around with the color of the suede material you choose, as well as the studs! The headband looks great with your hair down or around a top knot.

STEPS:
1) First, measure your head by wrapping the piece of suede around it as if it’s a headband already. Here, you can find out how much extra material you should cut off. Be sure to leave a little bit of extra material so you can loop the ends of the suede through your elastic band.
2) Once your material is looped through your elastic band, begin to sew a few stitches on each side to secure. You can also use super glue for this step but I have found the stitches are a bit more sturdy.
3) Now onto the studs: you can use as many studs as you choose, depending on the look you are going for. I’ve included two looks above–one with more studs and one with less. Push the stud’s prongs through the suede material and once they’ve gone through, bend them down so they are now lying flat along the suede. This will help them to stay secure.
And voila! You have yourself a comfy chic headband. Feel free to play around with the color of the suede material you choose, as well as the studs! The headband looks great with your hair down or around a top knot.

D.I.Y. STUDDED FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

Studded D.I.Y. Friendship BraceletsFriendship bracelets are generally made up of a bunch of knots tied in different patterns. Once you nail the main “stitch,” which I will describe below, the possibilities for your own friendship bracelet heaven are endless.

To create a bracelet like the ones shown above, you will need some embroidery thread which is also sometimes referred to as floss. Prism is a brand I love to use because this company provides so many great colors. You will also need measuring tape, scotch tape, a safety pin and a pair of scissors.

Embroidery FlossI used the following 6 colors: indigo, pink, turquoise, yellow, green and white.  Of course, you can choose any colors you want.

Once you have your embroidery thread in hand, measure out about 80 inches of each color. The longer the strands, the longer your bracelet can ultimately be but I’ve found this is a great length for most wrists.

Next, gather all of your colors together side by side and fold all of them in half so that all of the ends of the different colors of thread line up at the bottom. You will now essentially have two strands of each color in your hand and you will be holding a loop up top. Go ahead and tie a knot at this loop to keep all of the strand in place.

From here, tape your knot to a hard surface in front of you–like a coffee table (that’s what usually works for me). You can also put a safety pin through the knot and pin it to a surface that will help to keep the strands in place.

Each knot you are about to make is made up of you looping one strand of thread around the strand next to it and pulling the end of the first strand through it twice. I call it the “double knot stitch.” Here is an example of how the stitch itself looks:This double knot stitch is utilized throughout the whole friendship bracelet process. For my bracelet, I used “V” shapes and “Diamond” shapes. To make the “V” shapes, I split my threads in half–one group of the six colors on one side–and the second group of the six colors on the other.

From there, I would knot each color inward using the double knot stitch above until I reached the middle. Once both sides meet, I would then knot the last two strands in the middle (which should be the same colors) together, forming a “V” shape. Here is a diagram that is a big help when you’re first learning:

The “Diamond Designs” which you can begin to see further down my bracelet are a bit trickier. To help you out with these, I’m loving the following tutorial by Stripes and Sequins. Don’t be nervous to mess up your stitches. You can always take out stitches that didn’t go your way with a safety pin or needle.

Once your bracelet is at the desired length, simply tie a knot at the end. If you want to go ahead and add studs like I did for some extra edge, now is the time. I used six-sided studs this time around but there are tons of studs out there! Here are some others I’m inspired by which you can purchase on Etsy.Once you’re done, tie your bracelet around your wrist and knot it in place. Pair it with your favorite bangles. I am loving bangles by Alex and Ani because there are hundreds of personalized styles to choose from. I’m also loving amazing rocker chic bracelets by Rebecca Minkoff. Enjoy!

Here’s How My Bracelet Turned Out:

D.I.Y. RELISH STUDDED FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

I'm loving friendship bracelets this summer. Here's one I'm in the middle of making.
I’m loving friendship bracelets this summer. They add some bright and fun flair to any outfit. Check out one I’m in the middle of making.

When I was a kid, I would spend hours making colorful friendship bracelets. I’d try my hand at developing all different patterns that I hoped my fellow classmates would love (and I had huge glasses and looked very much like Little Miss Sunshine but that’s a whole other story). Next, I’d bring the bracelets into school to see if anyone would buy them for a couple bucks at lunch. Soon, I became a third grader with a mini side business. Those were the days! Recently, I’ve been seeing similar bracelets popping up all over Los Angeles-–in stores and at flea markets. Feeling nostalgic, I decided to pick up the art of designing these again. I am surprised that my hands remember exactly what to do. Here’s a sneak peak at a RELish friendship bracelet in the works. I’m challenging myself to complete it by tomorrow so we’ll see what happens. I’m updating its ’90′s look by adding some vintage studs I found at a local leather shop on Melrose Avenue here in Los Angeles. I can’t wait to post the finished product soon!