Cuff bracelets are a popular adornment that fit snugly on the wrist and, unlike bangles or chains, do not shift around much. While they are commonly fashioned with various metals, beads, resin and even wood, some of the most enchanting cuff bracelets are made of unexpected materials such as fabric and lace. Because they are available in such an assortment of colours, patterns and textures, fabric and lace are ideal bracelet-crafting materials; you can make many different types of bracelets without repeating the same look.
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Things you need
- Assorted fabric pieces
- Assorted lace pieces
- Measuring tape
- Elastic, ¼-inch wide
- Beads, charms and other embellishments (optional)
Wrap measuring tape around your wrist to measure its circumference.
Cut a strip of lace long enough to fit around your wrist, using the measurement obtained in Step 1.
Cut a strip of fabric long enough to fit around your wrist and 3 inches wide.
Position the strip of lace down the centre of the strip of fabric. Sew the strip of lace onto the strip of fabric with a needle and thread.
Flip the fabric over so the lace-embellished side is facing down. Turn down ¼ inch along the top and bottom edges of the cuff and press with a hot iron. Do the same with the ends. Hem these folded edges in place with a needle and thread.
Flip the fabric back over so it is right side up. Create a clasp for the cuff with a button and a small elastic loop. Sew a button on one end. Cut a portion of elastic long enough to make a loop that fits snugly over the button, and sew it on the other end.
Embellish your fabric and lace cuff with beads, charms, sequins, tiny bells or other trinkets. Sew them onto the outside of the cuff with a needle and thread.
Tips and warnings
- Make bracelets with a variety of fabrics, such as cotton, denim, jersey, and canvas.
- Experiment with the positioning of the lace on the fabric; bunch it up, arrange it in a zigzag pattern or use it as edging.
- For a more funky look, leave the edges of the fabric cuff raw and slightly frayed, rather than hemming them.
- Use thread that contrasts with the colours of the fabric and lace for a dynamic design.
- Instead of making a clasp with a button and a loop of elastic, use metal snaps or Velcro.
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