January 24, 2011

studio waterstone: recycled leather cuff tutorial


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Today it's all about those cute leather cuffs. We're going to play with a small strip of recycled leather and within an hour it will be transformed into a stylish, eco-friendly leather cuff. The best part? It can be made for a few dollars or less. Let's get started.

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What You'll Need:
recycled piece of leather (think old handbag, belt, etc.)
raised button
scrap fabric
strong twine or thread (I used waxed linen)
colorful thread
Fray Check

either:
hammer and awl or nail
or
small drill

sewing machine with a heavy duty needle (denim or leather weight)

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What You'll Do:

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I used leather from an old handbag I got from Goodwill.
Be sure to check your own closet first!

Measure: a comfy size to go around your wrist plus about 2" (for overlap)


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Using a straight edge and rotary cutter, I cut out my strip: 8 1/4" x 1 1/2"


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Find your button. It should be raised a bit on the underside.


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On the left: my leather and raised button.
On the right: an example of another cuff I've put together (note...this is addictive)


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Flip your leather over and measure in about 3/4" and then center. Draw a skinny water droplet a little larger than your button.


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You can begin the hole with your hammer and nail or awl OR
use a drill, as I did.


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Now take your scissors and cut out the opening.


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Time to pull out a few pieces of scrap fabric.


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As you can see, my cut-outs are basic - no fancy shapes here.


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Make sure that your heavy needle is on your machine and pull out a couple (or a few) fun colors to work with. I decided to use green and turquoise. This will be the stem.


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Set your stitch length to the longest possible setting and adjust your tension accordingly.
Slow and steady wins the race here. You'll want to sew very slowly.


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Be whimsical with your stitches! Not only is it prettier, it's easier.


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This is the back. Trim your thread.


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Use Fray Check around your fabric.


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Time to punch a couple of holes through the leather for your button.


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Sew the button using your linen or twine leaving about 3-4" on the end.


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Tie off your linen or twine. Use a drop of glue on the knot for extra strength.


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One.


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Pretty.


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Cuff.


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Even on my man hand wrist. Now how easy was that?

The Lettered Cottage


14 comments:

  1. I swear, you make me want to cut up every old leather bag I own!

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  2. LOL, Suzan! That's really cute, Lori!

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  3. Very cute! But that's no man hand! Skin and shape is much too nice!

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  4. Aw thanks Carol. I'll take that compliment and run with it because I'm pretty sure that God didn't intend for me to be a hand model. :)

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  5. I think it was easier than it would be for me to take pics with my left hand ;)

    Nicely done!

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  6. Excellent tutorial! I have some leather scraps that I will have to try and trick out. Thank you for your creativity.

    Ann
    mycriticaleye.com

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  7. You make it look so easy. I love the cuff.

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  8. Oh Lori....I really need to learn how to use a sewing machine... LOL! Awesome "how to"!

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  9. You are so clever and this is so pretty! Love it!

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  10. This is such a great idea and this one turned out beautifully!

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  11. This is so pretty!
    Found you through a link-up on FTLOB.

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