D.I.Y. Buttoned Cuff Bracelet

Cuffs, cuffs everywhere! While the tennis bracelet was trendy in the 90’s, the recent trend in wrist-wear is the chunky cuff. Want to feel like Wonder Woman? Want to feel like Princess Leia? These bulky bracelets give you that powerful feeling you love. With this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a fabric cuff out of an old button-down shirt and your own creativity!

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[Sorry ladies and gents, no video for this tutorial]

You’ll need these materials:

  • 1 Button-Down Shirt (With long sleeves)
  • Needle and thread (in color that matches fabrics)
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Decorations: This could include beads, lace, leather, zippers, feathers, sequins… ANYTHING you want to bling your bracelet in)


Following the seam that attaches the wrist cuff to the rest of the sleeve, cut the wrist cuff off the shirt. Once you’ve cut it neatly, go back over that edge with your scissors to clean up any loose threads or pieces of fabric left hanging. This will create a clean edge to your cuff.

Cut Cuff

If you’re like me, your wrists are slightly smaller than the average man’s. To make sure my beautiful new cuff didn’t go flying off, I had to move the button. To do this, simply cut the threads at the bottom of the button (between the button and the shirt) without cutting the fabric. After you’ve pulled out the old threads, place the cuff around your wrist to a lose, yet sturdy, location and use your marker to mark a dot through the button hole where you would like to move it to. Beginning at the back of the fabric, attach the button. For a button tutorial, click HERE.

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No matter what items you want to attach to your cuff, always begin sewing at the BACK of the fabric (see pic below), that will not be visible when you wear it. Secure each point of the decoration (beads in this case) with at least THREE “goes” of the thread. This will reduce the likelihood that your decorations will fall off! (What a mess THAT would be in a club!) Be sure to get CREATIVE and see how funky you can make your cuff. That way, when people ask, “Where did you find that MARVELOUS bracelet??” you can proudly tell then you made it yourself! Also, be sure to share your pictures of your own projects with us in the comments below!

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DIY | Sarah Marie Shoulak

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