Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY Cuff Bracelet Tutorial


Marie Claire Photo

I was flipping through last months Marie Claire and saw this
bracelet, (the one in the middle).
I'm thinking to myself, that looks a lot like a miniature crazy quilt block.

The idea has been stewing in the back of my mind so today
I decided to see what I could come up with.

I went to my fabric scrap stash for the little bits and pieces
I've been saving and got to work.


Starting piece

I started out with a 18" x 10" foundation fabric and placed my
first scrap in the center. (This piece was already stitched together).

Adding bits of fabric scraps
I aligned my second scrap, raw edge
even with one of the raw edges of the first scrap, right sides together
and stitched a 1/4" seam.

Close up
 Pressed the scrap over the raw edge,
trimmed off the excess and continued adding scraps around the starting piece.

More scraps being added
As I continued adding the scraps I angled some and
pieced smaller scraps together until the whole foundation was covered.

I trimmed the finished block to 17" x 9",

then cut it up into various width strips all 9" long.
I ended up with seven strips.

Next I chose backing fabrics and buttons for each strip .
I cut lightweight fusible interfacing 1/4" smaller
all around than the finished piece and
pressed it to the pieced strip.

 I sewed the buttons onto the pieced strips first because I didn't want
the thread to show on my backing fabric.
(I used the sewing machine to attach the buttons cause that's how I roll).

I used ponytail bands for the loops over the buttons.
That done, it was time to attach the ponytail loops and the backing fabric.

I placed the backing and the strip right sides together,
sandwiched the ponytail loop between the two, pinned, stitched
and left a small section on one long edge open for turning right side out.

Wrapped loop
I found that if you wrap the ponytail loop with thread a few times
it's much easier to control/insert.

Insert long piece between the sandwich with
the short wrapped piece extending beyond your seam.

I also found out that if you use a large button it's not so easy
to stitch past....  Zipper foot to the rescue!
When you're making things up as you go stuff happens!

I turned it right side out and slip-stitched the opening closed.

Feel free to add lace, beads, ribbon, flowers, yarn, charms......smaller buttons....
What do you think?

 What creative things have you been up to?

Till next time,


librarianism said...

This are very cool. You are so creative. My favorite thing about projects that use fabric scraps is getting to think about what all the fabrics were originally used for. My great-grandmother made quilts out of dress-making scraps, so her quilts were like samplers of the patterns in her wardrobe.

Nancy Claeys said...

Isn't that clever! Very pretty. :)

Nancy Claeys said...

Isn't that clever! Very pretty. :)

sawn48 said...

Don't know how I missed this post of yours last week. Too much going on with Mom, most likely. She is making all of us a bit looney with her day to day surprises.

I,too, love using fragments of pretty fabric to make outside-the-box creations. Cute bracelets. I like the little shoulder bags like you sent Leah,also.Happy Crafting!

Jess said...

Too cute! My girls would love these.

Jess said...

Thanks for the input on the tomatoes! I will keep on doing it.