How to Make a Recycled Fabric Cuffcomments (4) April 14th, 2009
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.
- Two pieces of fabric, long enough to wrap around your wrist with some overlap, plus about 1/2 inch for seam allowance
- Sewing machine with matching (or contrasting) thread
- A closure—either snap(s), Velcro, or button(s)
- Optional embellishment materials of your choice
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.
Turn the cuff right side out. Use a knitting needle, pen, or scissors to push the points out.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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