FROM SALVAGE TO STATEMENT PIECE: A New Year Note from Your Instructor, Tracey-Renee Hubbard

head shot of Creativebug instructor Tracey-Renee Hubbard of Scotchbonnet!.

Tracey-Renee Hubbard is the founder and designer of Scotchbonnet!, a vibrant line of handmade jewelry and accessories. Today is the launch of her 2nd Creativebug class, Jewelry Design with Scotchbonnet!: Working with Fabric. Find out from Tracey-Renee why this is the perfect project to begin in the new year.

a photo collage. on the left: a profile headshot of a woman wearing a colorful turban headband. on the right: a photo of a colorful fabric necklace and a turban headband on a wooden panel and light teal background

I love the excitement that comes with the beginning of the new year! I’m not big on resolutions, but I do enjoy taking the month of January to get organized, to declutter and to make room for exciting new things to come into my life.

One of the most daunting places to tackle is my work studio. I run an accessories brand called SCOTCHBONNET! and things get hectic during the holiday sales season. Complicating matters further is the fact that my work studio also houses all my crafting supplies that I use for my personal projects. By the time January rolls around things are a big mess.

close-ups Tracey-Renee's sewing space including her sewing machine, mood board in the background, and a colorful pile of fabric scraps

During my “studio purge” I make three piles: donations, toss/recycle and salvage. The salvage pile is filled with fabric scraps that are perfect for making scrunchies, headbands or necklaces. I usually make a few to keep for myself and plenty more to give as gifts throughout the year.

In my course “Jewelry Design with SCOTCHBONNET!- Working with Fabric,” I invite you to join me and learn to transform your fabric scraps into cute accessories!

close-up of two hands braiding colorful fabric to sew a necklace
Turn fabric strips into a bold yet lightweight necklace.
a close-up of an outstretched arm with a vibrant, handmade rainbow fabric scrunchie worn around the wrist
If you’ve never sewn a scrunchie before, the process kind of looks like magic.
flatlay on light teal background of a braided fabric necklace, scrunchie, and turban headband all sewn with fabric in various soft shades and prints of pink and cream.
Play with different colors, prints, and textures for different aesthetics.