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Jul 23, 2013

10-Minute Project: Leather Wrap Bracelet

Jul 23, 2013
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Ok , here it is!  A tutorial by popular demand...  These bracelets are hip and fun.  My husband actually commented "Did you make that?  That's nice." upon seeing them in his Facebook feed AND asked me to make him a manly one.  Can you see the possibilities?  An easy gift for men, women, teens, etc.  What's not to love?

So... I give to you...

The Leather Wrap Bracelet Tutorial 

This is a great simple project and even better if you can use scraps.  I happen to have leftover leather from a bag-making project.  If you don't have scrap leather pieces in your stash, you could always consider upcycling something you already have but don't use anymore.  Old bags, belts, etc.  If it's in your Goodwill pile, you may be able to have some fun with it, cutting it up and reusing the leather.

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*loop turner is optional.  You could also use a safety pin, but I show you the ease of the loop turner tool here.

1.  Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise, right sides together and press.
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2.  Sew along the length of the fabric strip 1/8" away from the open edges.  This will create your inside out sleeve.
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3.  Use a loop turner or safety pin to turn the sleeve right sides out.  Details on using a loop turner here.  Press.
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4.  Place the fabric sleeve on top of the right side of the leather strip.  Leave about a 1/2" space at the end of the leather strap to place the snap later.
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5.  Sew a 1/8" topstitch around all four sides of the fabric sleeve to secure it to the leather strap.  **Use a walking foot if you have one.  It will make it much easier to feed the leather through the feed dogs.**
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6.  At one end of the leather strap, there will be a small amount of fabric hanging over the leather strap.  Trim as needed.
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Here is what the piece looks like before adding the snap.  Boy, does that look bowed?  It doesn't matter wrapped around my wrist.
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7.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions to add both the male and female snap components to the bracelet.  Remember that the female part of the snap should go on the right side of the leather strip and the male part of the snap should go on the wrong side of the leather strap.  I suggest practicing on a test piece if you're not familiar with the snap setting tool.

8.  Ready, set, wear!
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11 comments:

  1. These are awesome!! My daughter and nieces would love them... bracelets are popular these days! Thanks! ps I pinned it to my Gift Ideas board on Pinterest ;-)

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  2. Thank you, Thank you... It is such an awesome idea. I'm going to make a bunch as a thank you for my staff at a Cub Scout Webelos Woods in September. The Teenagers and Adults are going to love them..

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  3. awesome! I'm going to have to find some leather so I can make some of these. I know my sister would love one.

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  4. Those are really fun. I haven't used that type of snap setter before. I am thinking that in boyish fabrics these would be a good learning to sew project for boys.

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  6. You wouldn't really have to make a tube that needs to be turned. Just fold the edges in to the center. Place edge side down on the leather and stitch around. One annoying step less!

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  7. how many of us have leather purses that we haven't gotten rid of - I plan on cutting up some my older ones and I have them in different colors. good use of purses that are no longer in fashion.

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  8. I'm trying this THIS weekend -- I have the exact snap setter from making my boys' clothes and bibs 10 years ago. It's very easy to use and handy. Belts from the Thrift Store or our closets.

    Fantastic project! Thanks for sharing, J

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  9. Why do you make it so hard by having to turn a loop?! Just press under seam allowances on both sides of the strip and stitch it onto the leather, that way there is a fold on each side and no seams! You can also embroider directly onto the leather which is what we've done and it is AMAZING!!

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  10. Easy, quick and fun- you could also leave the edges raw instead of turning the fabric for a grungier look. I would put fray check on the raw edges to keep it from getting to messy looking :)

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