With a busy schedule like mine, it is hard not to just plunk myself down in front of the TV every night. However, I have noticed that one of the most relaxing activities for me is creating art. Now, I am by no means a very talented painter, seamstress, or web designer. But I have found that just attempting these things (and more), I am able to very much surpass my expectations for myself.
Besides creating something to be proud of, it releases me from my typical thoughts and day-to-day activities. In fact, it is widely believed that art can be a form of body-mind therapy, as mentioned in this article.
One of my favorite activities is creating something I can wear. When I do this, I not only feel relaxed and entertained, but I also feel like I am being productive!
One of my newest hobbies is creating these fabric cuffs. Here is how I did them:
1.) Gather all sorts of fabrics, ribbons, and materials. You don’t need a lot of any one thing. I bought many of my fabrics as fabric scraps at Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Jo Ann is a great store because it carries a wide variety of fabrics, unlike most craft stores such as Michaels. When they finish a spool of fabric, they tie up the bits of remainder and sell it for a discounted price. These are perfect.
In this cuff I used burlap, some sheer gauze, and some white and off-white floral linen. I also picked up several different sizes of ribbon in whites and off-whites. I had some rosettes, buttons, etc. around the house.
Don’t forget about the things you have in your house! Yarn, old watch clock faces, pearls, even bits of colored paper can be used.
2.) Use a heavy fabric as your base, such as felt or burlap. Cut it as thick as you want, then measure the circumference of your wrist. Give yourself an extra inch of space from this.
3.) Fold over one of the sides a half an inch backwards, and sew. This is where you will be cutting a small hole for your button to go through.
4.) Add your first layer. For this bracelet, I did the ribbons first. I just used small stitches to attach the ribbon to the base. For the half an inch on the other end of the bracelet, you don’t have to be too careful, as this is where your button will go, so it will be covered up.
5.) Add your second, and third layers, if you want them. For this bracelet, I made small fabric rosettes by twisting ¼ inch thick strips of fabric around each other, putting a few stitches into the burlap cuff as I twisted. Then, I added the pre-made rosettes with a couple stitches.
6.) Measure your button and attach it to the end of your bracelet, on the front side. At the other end of your bracelet, also on the front side, cut a hole (I used a precision knife) slightly larger than the button. Be sure to line it up correctly.
That’s all there is to it!
There are certainly all kinds of variations to this, and once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to get fancier and experiment with all kinds of materials! I found inspiration for my bracelet from Vintiquities Workshop and Pink Roses and Other Passions.