Monday, December 8, 2014

Day 9- 12 Days of Christmas- Last Minute Quick Projects (Button on Cuff Bracelet)

It's day 9 of our countdown and today's project is a fabric cuff bracelet.

                                                                   
These little cuffs are so much fun to make and can be made from just about any kind of fabric and in any shape that you choose.  Here's how I did it...
I started by drawing a pattern of a shape that I liked.  You can make any shape you like but if you would like the pattern for this shape, click HERE.

I picked two fabrics that I liked and cut out the pattern from the fabric that I wanted to be the outside of the cuff. I sewed an elastic hair tie at the narrow end on the right side of the fabric.

  I placed the lining fabric right side up and layered the cut piece on top right side down. I did it this way because I thought that a small piece like this might shift a bit and I didn't want to have to worry about keeping those edges even.  I pinned and sewed 1/4" around the edge, leaving a 3" opening for turning.
  I turned through the opening, pressed well and edge stitched all the way around. Add a pretty button and check another gift off the list!  So simple!

These are great made from decorator fabrics or vintage bark cloth.  If using cotton, I would recommend adding a firm fusible interfacing so that the cuff keeps its shape.

There are lots of ways to customize these little cuffs.  I couched a pretty yarn to my main fabric before I cut out the shape.  If you haven't couched before, it is easy-peasy.  For a short video on couching click HERE.
                                                                     
How about adding ribbon, beads or lace?  You can also piece "crazy quilt" style and use decorative stitches.
The elastic makes the cuff somewhat adjustable so sizing shouldn't be a problem.

More fun tomorrow....hope you can stop by!


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