Now that I’ve just completed a large quilt that took more hours to make than I’d like to admit, I’m ready for projects I can quilt in a day.
When I combine my need for small quilt projects with my resolution not to procrastinate, the outcome is to make small quilted gifts. I’ve got pouches, potholders, and placemats on my make list, but I also want to try my hand at fabric jewelry.
Fabric cuffs are without a doubt one of the best ways to cross names off of my handmade gift list because they are quick, easy, and fun to make. Plus, there is the added bonus of exploring the depths of my scrap fabric to find prints that match each recipient’s taste.
Before you finalize your handmade gift list, you’ll want to take a peek at these step-by-step instructions for Jennifer Mathis’ Casual Cuff Bracelets (and then add these to your list):
1. To make a Casual Cuff with a finished size of 1-3/4″ x 8″ begin with a piece of fabric that’s 4-1/4″ x 9″. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew along the long seam making a tube with 2 open ends.
2. Turn the tube right side out positioning the seam along the center of the tube, and press.
3. Hook a safety pin to the end of a piece of heavyweight stabilizer measuring 1-3/4″ x 8″ and pull it through the fabric tube. Leave 1/2″ of fabric on each end. Reposition the seam on the back of the cuff and press, if needed.
4. Fold and tuck the ends of the fabric into the fabric tube, covering the stabilizer.
5. Edgestitch around the perimeter of the cuff, first 1/8″ from the edge and again 1/4″ from the edge.
6. Measure the button you wish to use and create a buttonhole that is slightly larger than the button. Center the buttonhole 1/4″–1/2″ from the end of the cuff.
Tip: Make the buttonhole parallel to the short end of the cuff. I find it easier to get the cuff on and off this way.
7. Wrap the cuff around your wrist, overlapping the ends for a comfortable fit. Mark the placement of the button on the end opposite the buttonhole and sew the button on.
You just can’t go wrong with projects you can sew or quilt in a day! If you’re intrigued by the notion of making fabric jewelry, explore the pages of Quilting Arts Presents Fiber Art Cuffs, Necklaces & Brooches for inspiration. You’re sure to enjoy utilizing a variety of techniques as you create personalized brooches, bracelets, and necklaces.