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Leather Cuff

Leather Cuff

I don’t usually wear bracelets or cuffs.  But when I do, I like them to be big and bold.  Can black be bold?

I started with a plain one inch wide brass cuff.  Cut a piece of leather 2 inches wide by 8 inches long.

Tack the leather in place by putting a small amount of glue on the ends of the cuff.   Only use a small amount because it will look bumpy under the leather.  Then, glue both sides of the leather to the underside of the cuff.

Fold the ends under, cut the corner of the leather off so it lays down easier and glue it.  Cut a piece of black felt one inch wide by 5 inches long.  Glue it to the underside of the cuff.  It should overlap the leather.

Break the loop on the back of the button off (I used pliers) and glue it to the top center of the cuff.

Lesson learned:  For this project I used hot glue because I wanted to finish in a hurry.  But, I recommend using E6000 adhesive over hot glue because it works better with metals. The leather tends to want to pull away from the metal cuff once the hot glue is dry.  E6000 is much stronger when dry.  The drawback to E6000 is you will have to use clothes pins to hold the leather in place until it dries.

The real deal:  This cuff cost me $7 to make.

What about you?  Do you like to wear bracelets or cuffs?

Go and be pretty,

Olivia

Olivia

I REALLY like the simplicity of these flowers.  They are SO easy to make.

Start with a circular felt cut out about 4 inches in diameter.  Cut a spiral all the way from the edge to the center of the felt.  Curl and glue the spiraled felt until you've created a flower.  Although I added a button to a couple of these flowers, I think they are so pretty all by themselves.

If you notice, the red and brown flowers above have wavy edges.  Instead of cutting a straight line spiral (if that makes sense), cut a wavy line along your spiral.

The real deal:  It cost me about $0.20 to make one of these flowers.

How about you?  Do you prefer elaborate or simple flowers?

Go and be pretty,

Amelia

Amelia

Ugh!  Who wouldn’t get addicted to these flowers?  Like I said… I just love to make fabric flowers because you can do so much with them: hair clip, bag accessory, brooch, headband, shoe accessory, pillow embellishment.  Need I say more?  Have a look…

Start with a circular cut out of felt.  Then cut a bunch of smaller felt circles (I used 23).  Start gluing them one by one like in the picture.  Glue a button in the center to add a pop of contrast.

The real deal:  It only cost me $1.50 to make one.

How about you?  Do you love making flowers?  What do you use your flowers for?

Go and be pretty,

Make a Snowflake Onesie

Make a Snowflake Onesie

It’s getting cold here again.  I love it!  Since we don’t get snow, I am in the spirit of creating my own snow.  My snow is cozy and warm though.  See for yourself.

Make a snowflake out of paper to use as a pattern.  Start with a square cut out 3 inches by 3 inches. Fold the paper in half two times.  Cut it like you see in the picture (unless you want it to look different of course).  Open the paper back up.  Trace the snowflake pattern on the fleece and cut it out.  Make (2) 3 inch flakes and (3) 2 inch flakes.

Arrange the snowflakes on the onesie the way you want.  Pin them into place and then sew each one.  That’s it.

The real deal: It only costs about $0.30 in materials to add these cute little embellishments.

Go and be pretty,

Cord Bracelet

Cord Bracelet

Make a Bracelet

Making jewelry was my first craft obsession, with sewing following closely. I've got mad jewelry skills that I'll share in later posts. So stick around…

I like the simpleness of this bracelet, and I LOVE the shimmer, metallic material.

This bracelet is for a 6 inch wrist, so you may need to vary the lengths to accommodate smaller or larger sizes.

I found this 4mm trimming material on a roll in the ribbon section of Hobby Lobby (praise God for Hobby Lobby!). You will need to cut 4 strands 6 inches long. The end clamps are 19mm wide by 5mm tall and can be found in the jewelry making section of craft stores.

Line up the four strands.

Insert the strands into one of the clamps. Using pliers, squeeze the clamp as tight as you can. Do this for both ends of the cords.

Add a few jump rings and a toggle and you are good to go.

So easy. So quick. So fun!

The Real Deal: It only cost me $2.00 to make this bracelet.

Go and be pretty,

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