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!!***
- 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)
- pearl snaps (I got mine at Joann) and a setting tool (or a thread spool and a hammer, this is what I use)
- sewing machine
- 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.
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