Shannon Berrey

Baseball bracelet

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

While browsing through Pinterest recently, I found this picture of a bracelet made
from a baseball. Cute right?!


{I can find the time}

It's rare that I find a project to make for Jack, but he is totally into baseball jewelry. This one I
hadn't seen before, so I was excited to make this for him. I clicked on the site 'I can find the time',
the great blog that posted the picture. I grabbed a ball and got busy using Kathryn's great tutorial.
 {there is no telling what kind of search engine hits I will get on this post due to that last sentence--I'll keep you posted :) }   



{I tweaked the directions just a bit} First, draw a line close to the stitching.  




Using an exacto knife, cut along the pencil line. My blade was really dull so it took a lot of pressure
and several times around to cut through the leather.  
  




Once all the leather was cut, I removed the pieces. This takes some tugging cause 
MacGregor does not mess around with glueing their balls together. 
 







After the 'extra' {non-laced parts} are pulled off, I pulled off the laces which come off as one big circle.





Find the spot on the back side of the seam where the laces begins and ends and cut the leather in
 that spot. You have one long row of laces at this point. Fold the laces in half, and cut again. Be careful to
 leave the strings uncut. You now have 2 rows of laces about 8" long.  Each row of laces makes one bracelet.  

Start unthreading the laces. I used the lead of my mechanical pencil to help get me started.





Unravel each end about 1". {If it is a for a young child with a tiny wrist, you may want to unravel 
up to 2"}. Tie the strings in a knot and then cut off the extra leather making sure not to
 cut the strings. Braid the 3" tail on each end and knot the end.  




You can clean up the edges, if needed, with your exacto knife or a pair of scissors.
When you want to wear it, simply tie the strings in a knot around your wrist.





You may need to stretch it out a little because it wants to stay in a circular shape.
 I am sure that water {ie. showers} will also help it to relax a little.   





I think he is going to love it!





And if he doesn't...no worries, there's always Plan B.





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I am over visiting my blogging buddy, Courtney, today. He is the great blogger behind Courtney Outloud.



I have loved getting to know him over the past year and living vicariously as a west-coaster through
his blog! He is having a great series this week on prepping for Back to School and I am sharing
my post on how our family survives this crazy time of year! Click here to check it out.

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If you came over by way of Pinterest yesterday--Welcome!! I am not sure what happened
but over 3000 folks visited via the site. If someone came that route yesterday and would 
share with me in the comments how they were sent over, I would love to find out!         




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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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