the Pippa cuff tutorial

January 20, 2012


My daughter, Penelope (or Pippa), is 4 and loves to wear my costume jewelry.  I don't mind letting her wear it around the house but it's just too big for her to wear out or to school, as she would like to do!  :)  So, I made her these little reversible fabric cuff bracelets.  I made some for Adelaide too but she can't be bothered to wear them.  :)

I took some pics and noted the measurements because I thought you guys like to make some as well!  They are super fast and easy and a great way to use up scraps.  They would make great goodie bag items for a birthday party or a quick gift.  

As you can see form the photo, I made myself one as well.  The measurements for the adult cuff are at the end of the tutorial.

***Penelope's wrist measures 4 1/2".  She is 4 years old and is fairly average in size but, if possible, measure your child's wrist to make sure that the cuff will fit.  I used the same size for my 3 year old who is a peanut!!***

Materials Needed:
  • coordinating fabric scraps (2) that are at least 6 1/2" long and 1 3/4" wide (8" long and 2 1/2" wide for the adult cuff)
  • cotton batting (same measurements as above)
  • thread
  • pearl snaps (I got mine at Joann) and a setting tool (or a thread spool and a hammer, this is what I use)
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • chopstick or turning tool
  • water soluble marker or fabric chalk
Cut both pieces of your fabric and batting to 6 1/2" x 1 3/4".  I made a patchwork piece and then cut it down.  You will then have this:

Now you need to stack up your pieces as follows:  batting, then one fabric piece with the right side up, and finally the other fabric piece with the wrong side up.  So, your batting will be on the bottom and then the two fabric pieces on top of the batting with the right sides together.

Pin all around the sides.

Now sew all around the rectangle using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Make sure you stop with your needle down at the corners so that you can pivot to the next side.  You need to leave an opening on one of the long sides that is about 1 1/2" - 2" so that you can turn your cuff.  

Now clip your corners and trim the excess batting from the seam allowance.  Make sure you don't clip it too short where your opening is.

Now turn your cuff right side out and use a chopstick or turning tool to carefully poke out your corners.  Carefully turn under the edges of the opening.  Press well!

Topstitch all around the edge of the cuff about 1/8" from the edge.  Draw a line down the middle of the cuff to use as a guide for your quilting lines (or quilt as desired).

I added two more lines of quilting so that it was quilted pretty densely but you can quilt it any way you like.  This would be a really fun way to use some of the fancy stitches on your machine or to do some beautiful hand quilting!

Get the 4 pieces of your snap ready because that is the last step!  :)

Apply the snaps close to the end of your cuff according to the directions on the package.  Make sure to apply them in the right direction so that the cuff goes around your kiddo's wrist.  ***We all do crazy stuff like putting them on the wrong way occasionally so this is just a reminder! ;)***

Now your little one will have a fun cuff to wear out!!

Want to make one for a teenager or for yourself???  Ok!  Here is what I did for mine:

I measured my wrist (mine is 6") and I added 2" for ease and seam allowance.  So, I cut my pieces to measure 8" x 2 1/2".  I also used 2 snaps because the cuff is so much wider and I didn't want it twisting around on my wrist.  Other than those modifications, the assembly is exactly the same as above!

I hope you guys make some fun cuffs and enjoy wearing them!  Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions.   I would LOVE to see them if you do and you can always add all of your creations made from my tutes to the lots of pink here flickr group!  :)

***I am thrilled for you to make as many cuffs as you would like for yourself or friends and, of course, for charity but please do not sell cuffs made using my tutorial.  Thank you for understanding!!!***

Have a great weekend!   xoxoxo

a few pouches

January 13, 2012

I made a little gift for a friend of mine that loves to travel.  She is one of those women that is always perfectly dressed, has all her make-up on and has beautiful jewelry to match each outfit.  Essentially, the opposite of me!  :)

I thought she might enjoy a few bags to keep all of her goodies organized on her little jaunts.

The little zippered pouch was made using the slouchy make-up bag pattern by the fantastic Florence of Flossie Teacakes.  I adore everything Florence makes, she has such effortless style and I'm sure she sounds so awesome with her cute British accent!  :)

I love the curved top, it's different from any other zippered bag pattern that I have (and I have lots!).

I love how it stays open on it's own!  It makes it so much easier to get out your make-up.

I also made two of Jeni's lined drawstring bags.  I made the two smallest sizes and they are SO cute!!!

yes, I realize you can see the lining through the bag, ugh!

The tiny one is my favorite, just because it's so itty bitty!  :)  Just to show you how small it is, here is a pic of it on top of a charm pack.  It's perfect for rings or earrings.
I used chevron twill tape for the ties instead of making fabric ones, I think it looks really cute and it goes so well with the Ruby fabrics.  I will make the fabric ties next time though just for a change.  :)

What are you guys working on???

late Christmas gifts

January 9, 2012

Better late than never, right?  I made a couple of my best bloggy buddies some goodies!  I had the hardest time deciding what to make them.  Once I had made up my mind though I was really excited.

I made them both a little set, a pincushion organizer and a set of pattern weights.

I have one of these pincushions right next to my machine and it's fantastic!  I keep a fabric marking pen, a pencil, a seam ripper and a small pair of scissors in the pockets.  I also love that you can take the thread catcher off and sit it on your cutting table or closer to your machine if you need to.

Pattern weights are something that I really find so useful!  I cut EVERYTHING with my rotary cutter and the weights make it so easy to just whip around my pattern piece with less chance of everything shifting.

I use 2 sizes of weights.  Larger ones for the center of the pattern and larger pattern pieces and then I have some small ones for pattern pieces that have thinner parts (like the tabs on my bib pattern).

They are really simple to make, just 2 squares sewn right sides together.  I leave a small opening and fill them full of rice and then slip stitch the opening closed.  You can also use them for hand warmers in the winter if you decide that you don't like using pattern weights!  :)

Here are the measurements that I used to make the pattern weights:
(use a 1/4" seam allowance)

Large pattern weights:  cut your squares (2) at 3 1/2" so that you end up with finished weights that measure 3" square

Small pattern weights:  cut your squares (2) at 2" so that your finished weights will be 1 1/2" square

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