diy {fabric cuff}

Since I was going to be on stage in front of 2500+ women I thought it was a good excuse to go get a new outfit…or at least a top. However, I always have a 1 and 2 year old with me. Trying on clothes with those two is basically impossible. I tried working out at time to go shopping with Chris’ schedule, but he worked late nights and stores were closed by the time I could have gone. Since shopping wasn’t in my future I decided to take advantage of nap times and make myself a new accessory to wear with an old outfit….I made a cuff….also known as a wide fabric bracelet.

Disclaimer: Here is my annual “I don’t really know how to sew” disclaimer. I have never used a pattern, I don’t know technical terms, I am sure there are 100 ways to do this easier…you can take my rough instructions and perfect it.


Fabric – I used an old headband and a scrap of heavy quilting fabric scored at an estate sale

Trim – mine, again, was scored at an estate sale

Button – mine was from my button jar (the ones that are replacements in case the original falls off. One day the original will fall off and I will remember what this button is supposed to go on. It will be too late then.

Iron-on fabric adhesive – the kind that fuses on fabric with an iron, double sided

Step 1: Cut fabric to desired length…leaving extra on the ends

Step 2: Iron top band under, pin

Step 3: Sew down top bands long edges

Step 4: Sew down top trim

Step 5: Face tops of cuff together, pin, sew together 2 long edges and 1 short edge

Step 6: Turn right side out, pull out corners using tweezers, iron down (using my kitchen counter turned ironing board)

Step 7: Decide the size of your cuff. Yes, I am so technical….I didn’t use a tape measure for anything.

Step 8: Cut a rectangle of fabric to make an edging on one end of the cuff. Cut iron on adhesive to fit.

Step 9: Attach one side of adhesive, peel off backing, fold down sides like you are wrapping a present

Step 10: Iron it all together so it sticks…this is just to keep things in place until you sew it

Step 11: Sew down edging

Step 12: Create a fabric loop for the button. I just folded over a long skinny piece of the fabric and stitched it down the middle.

Step 13: Measure circumference of button to make sure you don’t make the loop too small

Step 14: Decide where you want to attach the loop

Step 15: Handstitch the loop

Step 16: Sew on the button

The inside of mine looks pretty rough, but I was making it up as I went. Next time I think I’ll use snaps or figure out a different way to attach the loop and button so you can’t see in on the underside. I used the large button to hold down the other end. It is far from perfect, but it works.

Chris asked if I thought someone might take this design and sell it on etsy….if you do, just send me a version to enjoy!

SnapShop Online Photography School exists to help others gain the tools they need to be able to capture the beauty if their days through photography. Whether you recently purchased your very first DSLR and aren't even sure how to turn it on or if you have a little bit of a grasp on terms like aperture and shutter speed - SnapShop courses and lessons will propel you forward on your photography journey.

A Few Favorite Posts