What’s more fun than ordinary jewelry? Fabric cuffs that utilize some fun threads and cool stitches on your machine. These cuffs can take on many different looks, from whimsical to sophisticated, depending on the execution and add-ons. Make one using only thread for the embellishment, or go all out with metallic iron-ons or colorful buttons.
There are a wide range of threads to choose from. Coats Metallic Embroidery thread can add a sophisticated look. Coats Polyester Machine Embroidery thread gives decorative stitches an added luster. Multi colored thread are fun to experiment with. Dual Duty XP All-Purpose threads provide the larges color range to choose from for so many possibilities.
Skill level: Beginner
Crafting Time: Evening
Finished Size of Projects: 3″ x wrist circumference
Supplies (for one)
Coats Threads– Assorted threads & colors
One fat-eighth (9″ x 21″) solid color bracelet fabric
One fat-eighth (9″ x 21″) fabric for lining (only if you want a different color/fabric)
1/8 yd heavy craft interfacing
2 1/2″ coordinating hook-and-loop tape, 1/2″ wide
Topstitching or machine embroidery needle, size 90/14
Removable fabric marker
Beads, buttons, charms, iron-on trims, etc. (optional)
Measure the comfortable circumference of your wrist as you would like the bracelet to fit. Add 1 1/4″ for the overlap. Cut two fabric rectangles this size plus 1″ on all edges. Cut one rectangle of interfacing and two of fusible web.
Preparing the Bracelet
- Layer the bracelet lining, fusible web, interfacing, fusible web and bracelet fabric. Fuse the layers together, matching the cut edges.
- Using the removable marker, draw a rectangle the finished bracelet size centered on the fabric stack. Do not trim the fabric yet.
Embellishing the Bracelet
- Using straight or decorative stitching, a topstitching needle and any thread(s) desired, embellish the marked bracelet rectangle 1/8″ beyond the drawn lines. Create patterning with reverse stitching, sewing curves, intertwining stitches, etc. The design density and pattern is up to you—it can be freeform using only straight stitching (blue), rows of intersecting lines (rust) or freeform with decorative stitching (yellow).
- Straight stitch along the marked bracelet rectangle and trim the fabric through all layers close to the stitching.
TIP Using a rotary cutter for trimming yields a cleaner edge than using scissors.
- Adjust the machine for a satin stitch (.5 mm) at a width of 4 mm. Stitch around the bracelet allowing the right swing of the zigzag to go off the fabric. Carefully trim any thread pokies, being careful not to cut the satin stitching.
- Adjust the machine for a wider satin stitch (5-6 mm) and stitch over the first line of stitching to create a dense edge. Carefully trim any thread pokies, being careful not to cut the stitching.
Finishing the Bracelet
- Stitch the hook portion of the hook-and-loop tape to the underlap area, and the loop portion to the overlap section, each 1/4″ from the bracelet edges.
- Sew on any beads, charms, buttons or other embellishments. If using iron-ons, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply to the flat bracelet.
About the Author
Linda Griepentrog is a writer, editor and designer who lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband (a long arm quilter) and dog, Frank. She loves all things fabric! Linda also leads fabric shopping tours to Hong Kong. Contact her at email@example.com.