Monday, May 24, 2010

Animal Print Cuffs

A quiet day at home requires an easy DIY project.

I bought these really awesome sheets of felt from Spotlight that are printed with leopard and tiger print.  I also picked up leopard beads, so a set of cuffs was inevitable.


Felt Cuffs:

  • Patterned Felt
  • Chalk
  • Snap fasteners
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle and Thread
Step 1: Using another cuff, or measurements from your wrist, trace the shape of the cuff twice onto the felt using chalk.

Step 2: Cut out the two shapes you just traced.

Step 3: Place odd sides together and sew along the outer edge of the shape.

Step 4: Depending on the width of the cuff, sew one or two sets of "snap fasteners" (I used 11mm size snaps) at the edges so the cuff can snap closed around your wrist.

Step 5: Sew on embellishments if you choose.

Leather Cuff:

  • Scrap Leather
  • Chalk
  • Snap Fasteners
  • Beads, studs, etc.
  • Needle and Thread
  • Glue Gun (optional)
Step 1: Trace the shape of the cuff onto the piece of scrap leather using chalk. This can either be traced from an existing cuff, or a measurement of your wrist.

Step 2: Cut out along the drawn line.

Step 3: Using a needle and thread, sew on a set of snap fasteners.

Step 4: Fold the cuff in half and mark where centre is with chalk.

Step 5: Using the marked centre as a guide, choose where you want to place your beads/studs/etc. on the cuff and sew/glue them on. I used beads, so I sewed them on.

You can make this project all your own! Use different colours and patterns of felt, or use the swede side of the leather. Choose whatever type of bead/stud/ribbon/stone/etc. you want to embellish with. You can make sailor version with red/white/blue and buttons....You can do whatever you wish! It's so easy to make and even easier to design. Have fun.

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