Feeling Groovy Cuff Bracelet
Posted by alpinefabrics on Friday, February 18th, 2011
Course Instructor: Julie from Sew Jewely
Here is a printer friendly version for you as well.
Feeling Groovy Cuff Bracelet
Scraps of fabric. I used Feeling Groovy by Doodlebug
1- Cuff bracelet
12- ½ inch (#20) covered button blanks
5- ¾ inch (#30) covered button blanks
1- 1 1/2 inch (#60) covered button blank
4- Buttons ranging in size from ½ to ¾ inches (optional)
1- Large Crocheted Flower
1- Medium Crocheted Flower
The blank cuff bracelet is inexpensive in craft stores or can be found at http://firemountaingems.com.
Here is a picture of the covered button blanks with the setting tools that you will use to cover them.
These tools come with the buttons in a kit. You can find them easily at a craft store or chain fabric store.
Sewing the Cuff Sleeve:
1. First you will need to measure the cuff, mine measures 6 ¾ by 1 3/4.
2. Add 1½ inches to your measurement for the length (you will need it this long because of the ease around the curve of the bracelet) and 5/8 inch to your measurement for the width. Use these measurements to cut one strip from flannel, one from your outside fabric, and one from your interfacing.
3. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of your outside fabric.
4. Starting on one long side, and using a ¼ inch seam. sew down the long side, turn the corner sew down one short side, turn the corner and sew down the second long side. Leave the last short side open for turning and inserting cuff.
5. Trim the sewn corners making sure not to cut through the stitching.
6. Turn right side out and press.
7. Slide the tube onto your cuff to make sure it fits and you have enough room at the open end to sew it closed later. Don’t sew it closed yet.
Now we will make some covered buttons
(If you already know how to cover buttons just skip down to step 21)
8. I like to lay down a light colored towel on my table when I work with small findings. It helps to keep the findings from bouncing off the table and landing on the floor when I accidentally drop them. You can see my towel in the background of some of these pictures.
9. If your button kit did not come with a pattern, use the base of your setting tool as a pattern. Draw about ½ inch around the 1 1/2 inch button, ¼ inch around the base for the ¾ inch button, and about ¼ to ⅛ around the base for the ½ inch button. As you can see from my picture it doesn’t have to be perfect.
10. Cut out your circle patterns and fold them into quarters to find the center of the circle.
11. Put your pin through the center point and through the center point of the motif that you want to use for your button, press it down slightly into your towel (another good use for the handy towel). Press the circle down so that it touches the fabric.
12. Use your permanent marker to draw around the pattern. Don’t worry this will not show. It will be covered by the button back.
13. Cut out your motif on the line that you drew.
14. Put the fabric circle over the base of your setting tool centering the motif.
15. Place the top of the button on the fabric.
16. Using the presser part of your setting tool push the button down until it is pressed all the way into the base of the setting tool.
17. The fabric will be sticking up around the button. Using your finger press the fabric down so that it is lying as flat as possible inside the top of the button.
18. Put the button back on top of the fabric and use the presser part of the setting tool to press it down. Press until you can see the lip of the top curling around the button back.
19. Gently pull it from the base of the setting tool. Voila, a gorgeous button.
20. You will make 6 small buttons, 7 medium buttons, and 1 large button and have a pile that looks something like this. (I went a little crazy, don’t you love the little car?)
Assembling the Bracelet:
21. Find your cuff bracelet again put it on and find the position you would like to place your large crochet flower. I decided to put mine on the side, but you could put yours in the middle or wherever you want. Put a pin in it to keep it in place and remove the bracelet from the fabric sleeve.
22. Lay out your bracelet straight and start placing your other crochet flower and your buttons. Try different arrangements until you are happy with the way it looks. There is no right or wrong here, just do what looks good to you.
Here I have the covered buttons on and I want to add a little shine so...
Here I have added some shiny buttons as well. It is good to take picture here so you can refer back to it if you get things mixed up.
23. I will move everything off the bracelet now trying to place it in approximately the same place above as it is on the bracelet. Leaving just the crocheted flowers pinned to the fabric.
24. Using a needle and two strands of embroidery floss (for strength) tack down the flowers. You will place one to two fingers inside the opening of the sleeve and use them to lever the needle up, just like you would if you were hand quilting. You will do all of the sewing from the top of the sleeve. It won’t matter what your stitches look like underneath because they are inside the sleeve and no one will see them. Be careful not to catch the flannel in your stitches.
It is hard to see in the photo but the needle is coming out over the top of my fingernail here. You might want to use thimbles to keep from poking your fingers (that is what I use my nails for).
25. After the crocheted flowers are are tacked down. Start sewing on your buttons. Start with the one that is the farthest away from the opening of the sleeve first, and work your way back toward the opening. As you finish sewing a button down make a knot. It isn’t necessary to cut the thread every time if you will be sewing another button close to the first. You will want to knot each one, however, so that if one falls off it will not compromise the security of the others. Your stitches and knots are easily hidden under the buttons.
26. At this point I did a reality check. I put the sleeve back on the cuff and checked to make sure that the buttons were not too far under my wrist.
27. Continue sewing your buttons on. As you can see from my pictures I added a few more as I went to fill in spots that came up. When you think you are done, do another reality check.
I decided I didn’t like the little empty spot at the top and added a pink peace sign.
28. Put the sleeve back on the cuff. Turn the raw edges under, I wrapped the flannel around the end of the bracelet, and pin to secure for sewing.
29. Sew with matching thread using a whip stitch or a blind stitch as I did here.
30. All done. Here is a Printer Friendly Version for you :)
Here is your "Groovy" bracelet:
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