These fidget bracelets are a fun use for any small strips of fleece that you have leftover after making blankets, scarves or other fleece projects.
They have a marble sandwiched between the two layers of the bracelet that you can move through a maze with your fingers.
Fleece fidget bracelets sew up quickly, and are machine washable. Just toss them in the wash with your clothes.
Fidget toys are thought to improve focus and learning in children, while enhancing dexterity, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills and helping to reduce stress. They can be especially helpful for kids who have autism or ADHD.
These fidget bracelets don’t make noise or have any moving parts, so they’re ideal for classroom use, where fidget spinners and fidget cubes might pose a distraction.
Want to make some for the kiddos in your life. Let’s do it!
How to Sew a Fidget Bracelet
What You’ll Need:
- Fleece scraps
- (2) 1″ pieces of hook and loop strip
- A marble
- Sewing pins or sewing clips
- A ruler
- A Sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
Optional (but nice to have):
- An air or water-soluble marker
- A rotary cutter (This is the one I have)
- A self-healing cutting mat
- A flexible measuring tape
What You Do:
Determine Your Bracelet Size
To customize the fit of your fidget bracelet to the person you’re making it for, wrap a flexible tape measure, or a piece of string, around your kiddo’s wrist, just below the wrist bone (where a watch would normally rest). Add 1/2″ to the measurement, and this is your bracelet size.
If you aren’t able to measure the wrist of the person you’re making the bracelet for, here are some general guidelines you can go by:
4-7 years: 5-1/2”-6”
7-10 years: 6”-6-1/4”
Teen: 6-1/2” – 7.5” (or larger)
Average Adult: 7.5”
Add 3″ to your bracelet size, to allow for the seams and closure, and this will be the cut length for your fidget bracelet.
Example: If you’re making a bracelet for someone who wears a 6.5″ bracelet, you’ll need a piece of fleece that’s 9.5″ long.
Cut a piece of fabric that’s 3.5″ wide and as long as you determined in the previous step. My piece is 3.5″ x 9.5″.
Fold the fleece in half, lengthwise, and secure it with a few pins or sewing clips.
Sew a 1/8″ seam down the open long side and one of the short sides.
Trim the corners, and turn the bracelet right-side out.
Draw out your maze. Measure 1″ in from the closed short side, and make a mark. Then, measure 1-1/4″ in from the open short side, and make a mark. These are the spots where the hook and loop strips will eventually go. Your maze needs to fit between these marks. To create your maze, evenly space a series of short lines for the marble to navigate through. In this example, I drew a line every inch, alternating sides. Each mark is approximately 1/2″ long. The important thing is to make sure you leave enough space for your marble to fit through.
Triple-stitch over the lines that you drew for your maze.
Insert a marble in the bracelet. Then, fold the open seam in, and double-stitch it closed.
Sew a piece of hook and loop strip on each end, to create the closure for your fidget bracelet. I recommend double-stitching it, to make it extra sturdy. Give your fidget bracelet a test fit, and it’s ready for action.
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