DIY Leather Cuff

Updated April 17, 2017

A leather cuff is a band of leather worn just like a bracelet, but is wider and resembles the cuff of a shirt. These pieces of jewellery are worn across a diverse spectrum of style and fashion, as they can be personalised and adapted in many different ways. When making your own leather cuff you can find sources of materials in every corner of your house, like an old pocketbook, coat or pair of boots. You can even search through vintage and thrift stores for the perfect leather.

Cut a piece of leather with scissors so when it wraps around your wrist the ends don't meet. There should be about 1/4 inch of space between the ends.

Cut the leather to an appropriate width. A width that covers your wrist bone, about 1 1/2 inches for most people, is suitable.

Draw any design you want to make with a pencil on the leather and cut it out with a small utility knife. You don't have to do this step, so skip it if you want to leave your cuff plain.

Make two holes at both short ends of the leather using a hole punch. The holes should be aligned vertically and spaced evenly along the ends. These holes will be used to close your cuff.

Pass a leather string into each of the holes through the outside of the cuff, so they come out on the inside.

Make a small knot on the top of each string to hold it in. The knots should be on top of the cuff, so they show when you are wear the cuff.

Wrap the cuff around your wrist so the open ends are on the inside of your wrist, below your palm.

Tie the string together so the cuff fits securely but not too tight. Trim the strings so they are neat but still long enough to tie each time you put the cuff on.


Look for old, worn leather in interesting colours for a soft, broken in cuff.


Make sure the leather is colour-fast or treat it so it is or you will stain your wrist when you wear it.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Small utility knife
  • Hole punch
  • Leather string
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Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Bill Dale has been writing travel- and lifestyle-related articles since 1988. His articles have appeared in “The Northern California Bohemian” newspaper and “Wine Business Monthly” magazine. Dale received the Fairbanks Public Service Award in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Columbia University.