How to Make a Recycled Fabric Cuff

comments (4) April 14th, 2009     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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Use some recycled fabric to make a custom cuff for your wrist!
Ive made tons of these, since they are a quick, fun project with so much possibility!
Two contrasting thread colors add interest.
Use some recycled fabric to make a custom cuff for your wrist!

Use some recycled fabric to make a custom cuff for your wrist!

Photo: Lee Meredith
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When it comes to fabric, I try to use every little leftover piece, especially since I love making small items like these cuffs, and if you were to peek into my studio you'd see that I really do save every last scrap! I work with almost all recycled materials to begin with, so these cuffs are doubly recycled for me—I would still consider it a "green" project to use leftover scraps of nonrecycled fabrics though. So dig through your leftovers stash and find a couple of fabric pieces that complement each other—it works out well for either one or both to be a knit fabric (like T-shirt fabric) so it's a bit stretchy.  I'm showing you my example made with one piece of recycled jeans denim and one piece of T-shirt.

You'll need:

  • Two pieces of fabric, long enough to wrap around your wrist with some overlap, plus about 1/2 inch for seam allowance
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine with matching (or contrasting) thread
  • A closure—either snap(s), Velcro, or button(s)
  • Optional embellishment materials of your choice

I cut the denim piece in a long triangle shape to make an asymmetrical cuff.

Start by cutting your pieces. You can cut one piece in the shape that you want your cuff, then cut the other piece after sewing them together. Place the pieces with right sides facing, and sew a straight stitch around three of the four sides. If your cuff is triangular like mine, leave the wider edge as the open end.

After sewing around the three sides, trim around to cut off the excess fabric.

Turn the cuff right side out. Use a knitting needle, pen, or scissors to push the points out.

I used a knitting needle to get to the other end.

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Comments (4)

Lynneathecraftyone writes: OHHHH I will be making this one in the next few hours! LOVE IT~
Posted: 11:25 am on April 24th
ficklesticks writes: fabric jewelry is where it's at, baby! No metal allergies, no worrying about treatment of diamond miners, no great expense, washable, and best of all, we can make it ourselves, any kind of way we want! Check out or for some other fabric jewelry ideas
Posted: 7:35 am on August 27th
smartstyle writes: So cool and so smart and the same time!!! Thanks so much!!!
Posted: 6:58 pm on May 17th
NanaCuellar writes: oh, this cuff is just amazing! and i love the other versions of it in the big picture.
Posted: 9:26 am on April 14th
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