Monday, 12 April 2010

How To: Like A Virgin Wrist Cuffs

I finished my wedding project for today really early. The kids actually had an afternoon nap at the same time, so I made some "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" cards. They are pictured on my fanpage if you wanna check 'em out.

Anyway, I had some extra time to surf the Internet tonight. I was on one of my favourite crafting sites - Cut Out and Keep - when I saw these lovely Tartan Lace Wrist Cuffs. Unfortunately, this photo wasn't accompanied by a How To. But I decided to try them out in my own way and create some instructions for those who want to make a pair.

My version brings to mind the early 1980s Madonna era. So ... yeah ... you should... like .... make these and stuff....

Supplies needed:
- Scrap Fabric for cuff band
- Wide lace (less than half a metre)
- 2 buttons
- a tiny hair elastic
- matching thread

1) Measure your wrist. Mine is 6 inches around. Add 3 inches for seam allowance and overlap. So 9 inches ofr me.

2) Cut cuff bands out of fabric. Mine rectangles of fabric were 9 inches by 4 inches. This makes a decent cuff. You can make yours wider or narrower depending on preference.

3) Press up a "hem" on both short sides (about half an inch). Press the long edges up about an inch each and then fold the band in half and press it again. You should end up with a band that has no raw edges showing.

4) Cut the metal piece off the tiny hair elastic and then cut it in half. Loop the elastic and place it along the one of the short sides. Sew up both short sides of both cuffs, making sure to catch your elastic in the stitching. I had to sew back and forth over the elastic several times to make sure it was really attached well.

5) Cut the lace the same length as the finished cuff. Position the cuff on the lac where you think it should go. I wanted more lace at the top and a small amount poking out the bottom. Sew the cuff along both long sides to the lace. Repeat for the other cuff.

6) Measure on your own wrist and mark where you want to place the button to keep your cuff closed. Sew buttons on both cuffs.

7) Like ... you're totally rad man!

Note: I have set up a Tawny Bee How To Flickr Group. If you try this out, I would love to see your version! Feel free to join and link up some of your great creations using one of my tutorials. :)

This How To was entered in the Tea Rose Home Link Party #4


Jennie said...

Oh my god, your wedding outfit is gonna be a whole lotta look (to quote Michael Kors). ;-D

Tawny said...

Hehe - well I'm not sure that I'll actually wear these at the wedding. I just got tired of sewing dress prototypes, so I thought I would make something fun. I might sell them at a craft show I'll be vending at in two weeks.

Melissa said...

Those look wonderful...