I’ve slowly been working my way through my Pinterest crafty board in hopes of doing more than just pinning projects for later. I am beyond excited that it’s nearly baseball season, and I thought it’d be fun to make a little baseball-themed craft to wear to watch my San Francisco Giants this summer! I spotted this tutorial for a baseball string bracelet, and decided to make my own.
I bought a 99 cent baseball at the thrift store, and got out my trusty Exacto knife:
First things first, cut around the red stitching. Fair warning: it’s hard. I had to make a lot of cuts through the leather. It took some fancy finagling to remove the leather from the ball, too! I finally cut just one portion and then pulled the rest off before cutting the other side. It looked like this:
Ultimately, you want it trimmed so that you only have the red stitching. I used a pair of scissors to trim it up at the end, and that worked a lot better than the Exacto knife.
Next, find where the stitching begins/ends and cut the leather there to break the “circle”. You should then fold the remaining leather in half, and cut it there. You are able to make two bracelets per baseball, so basically, you should have two pieces of leather/stitching to turn into bracelets. The tutorial above does a better job of showing this, if you’re really stuck.
Next, start unwinding the stitching. These pieces of string will become the “ties” for your bracelet, so don’t trim them! You need the string! I’d suggest undoing about four inches on either side.
When you finish undoing the stitches on both sides, cut the leather that no longer has stitches. From there, you can get super crafty and add a closure, or just do it my way (aka LAZY) and tie knots at the end. When I wear it, I plan to just knot the strings and untie them after wearing.
Final product should look like this:
I’m pretty darn excited about this little bracelet. I can’t wait to sport it at the ball park!