Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

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It is no secret that I love me a good leather cuff bracelet!  I wear them all the time to the point of excess.  Anyway, since we have been chatting about some simple leather sewing techniques, I thought it would be fun to share an easy tutorial.

Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial. The Sewing Loft

Leather Cuff Bracelet

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button

Supplies:

  • leather scraps
  • scrap fabric
  • button or snap

Tools:

Basic Instructions:

  1. Measure your wrist for the desired length of cuff.  My wrist measures 6″ circumference but I like to have over lap for closure and extension detail.  You can cut your own shape or use my template as a guide.
  2. Trace template on the wrong side of leather.  You can use a pen or sharpie marker, really whatever you have on hand is fine. Cut out template and flower petals. No fancy tools required here just a pair of scissors or your rotary cutter. Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial. The Sewing Loft
  3. Switch your everyday presser foot out with your teflon foot.  If you do not have a teflon foot, put a piece of scotch tape to the bottom of your standard foot and carve out the needle area.  This will help your foot glide over the leather and not stick.

    *Tip: I like to use a heavier weight thread when sewing on leather. For this project I used Coats & Clark Jeans Topstitching weight.Jeans TopStitching Thread | The Sewing Loft

  4. Fabric flowers come in all different shapes and sizes.  I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them. Personally, I’m a big fan of the flip, fold and twist method but any will work.   Since leather is not forgiving, I created and tacked my flower together before attaching it to my cuff.
  5. Position leaves in place and stitch as desired.  Then layer the flower in place and tack with your button attach stitch.Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial. The Sewing Loft
  6. Mark placement for your closure and attach.  Some of my cuffs have snap closures while others use buttons.  I just machine stitch the button in place and cut a buttonhole with my scissors.  Super easy!Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial. The Sewing Loft

This leather cuff bracelet is the perfect project for anyone interested in sewing on leather.  It does not require a large investment and the single layer will ease you into the process.  You will get a better understanding of working with leather and your machine but don’t stop here.  Just think of all the possibilities this material provides.  You can add leather bits to small zipper pouches, an oversized handbag, mini skirt or heck go crazy and stitch up a new leather jacket like my friend Sabra did.  (loving her color choice!)

Don't be afraid of alternative fabrics. This leather cuff bracelet is easy to make. The Sewing Loft

My biggest suggestion for this cuff project is to branch out and step outside your comfort zone with materials.  I love using felted sweaters, melton wool and frayed fabrics.  I think the textures compliment the leather.  Also, consider embracing the edge of the leather hide.  These irregular shapes can provide an interesting and unexpected detail to your cuff.  The key is to experiment.

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A special Thank You to the Leather Hide Store for sharing a variety of leather pieces to work with and the giveaway hide.

 

 

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Comments

  1. I love this!!! Great idea!

  2. Great project!

  3. Anne Londez says

    Great tutorial. What thickness leather is best ?

  4. What type of machine is that in the picture for punching?

    • Thank you for your note. That is a Kamm Hand Press. It is used for attaching snaps & grommets to garments, bags and more.
      ~Heather

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