Bring the bling with these stylish Jean cuff bracelets with step by step instructions found here! Have an old brooch or pin that belonged to your mother or grandmother? but not really your style of jewelry? This is a great way to honor your favorite heirloom brooch, pin or even a button. Not into the heirloom mode? Choose any bangle or nameplate from your favorite hobby store; such as, Hobby Lobby, Michaels or JoAnns.
Supply list: (included in kit)
Waistband from an old pair of jeans with button closure washed and dried.
(want a narrower cuff? Use a child’s pair of jeans!!)
Rhinestone ribbon or individual baubles
Brooch, pin or bauble of your choice (Kit includes blue flower shown)
Button for closure
Other supplies needed:
Fabric pencil or blue colored pencil works best but a regular pencil works too
Tape measure or string
soft pliable glue such as E600
Step one: Harvesting the waistband! Using a nice sharp pair of scissors, cut off all the belt loops top and bottom all the way around the waistband of your jeans. (Photo 1) Cut the waistband away from the pant area as close to the waistband as you can. (Photo 2) A little fringe just adds to the appeal of your bracelet so don’t worry too much about any raveling edges. It will look great!
|Photo 1: Cut off all the belt loops top and bottom all the way around the waistband of your jeans.||Photo 2: Cut the waistband away from the pant area as close to the waistband as you can.|
Most bracelets are 7 or 7 ½ inches long! You can measure your own wrist to see what size will best fit you! Don’t have a tape measure handy? Use a piece of string or strip of paper to wrap around your wrist to measure! If you have any extra hands around the house this part is tricky so maybe they can help! Or, lay out a favorite bracelet you know fits you well!! Don’t cut yet!! Add three inches to allow for the overlap of the button closure!! You should be able to fit your index finger under your cuff bracelet. This will provide comfort and flexibility while wearing.
Now you are ready to measure and cut. From an adult pair of jeans you can usually get 3 bracelets!! Now I’m sure you noticed, one end of your waistband has a button (don’t use jeans with snap closures!) and the other has a button hole!! Both ends can be used to make a cuff bracelet or can be added as needed!! For this instructions, start with the button end.
Measure from the button end the length you have determined above, probably between 10 to 10 ½ inches. Use you pencil to mark a cut line. Using those nice sharp scissors cut across your waist band. (photo 3)
|Photo 3: Using those nice sharp scissors cut across your waist band.||Photo 4: Fold at middle of line and cut a one half inch slit for buttonhole.||Button up cuff to make sure button fits easily through hole!|
Step three: Fold length of waistband in half mark a line with your pencil one half inch in from cut edge, one half inch long. Fold at middle of line (Photo 4) and cut a one half inch slit for buttonhole. Button up cuff to make sure button fits easily through hole!
Step four: Thread needle, double over thread and knot. Keeping knots to backside, whip stitch raw edges of cut end and button hole. (Photo 5) Be careful! Don’t sew the buttonhole closed!! (good time to check again that your button fits through buttonhole!) Don’t get too fancy! A little fray adds character!
|Photo 5: Thread needle, double over thread and knot. Keeping knots to backside, whip stitch raw edges of cut end and button hole.||Photo 6: Using the E600 glue and toothpick, attach the rhinestones along your marked line leaving about ½ inch gap between buttonhole and stones and button and stones.|
Step five: Time to add some bling!! Determine your center line from button hole to button and mark for your rhinestones. Lay your project out flat in a good place to work and to let it dry for at least 24 hours. (I used a cookie sheet) The rhinestone ribbon is easy to work with and is done in one step, since they are connected but they are sometimes hard to find and are expensive! I found mine in the wedding area! The baubles are a lot less expensive but it will take some time to lay them all out! I used the clear but feel free to pick any color you like. Using the E600 glue and toothpick, attach the rhinestones along your marked line leaving about ½ inch gap between buttonhole and stones and button and stones. (photo 6) Allow to dry at least 24 hours no matter what the bottle says drying time is!! (Bracelet looks great already with just the rhinestones and I’ve worn mine many times like this!)
Step six: Attach your choice of brooch or pin with pin back to center. (You can which between pins as you desire! Many looks in one bracelet!) or sew your bauble or name plate in place. *You can leave a gap in the rhinestones for under bauble or nameplate if you choose for it to lay flat!
Step seven: Wear your creation with pride and be sure to share your project pics with us at Craft Crazies Art Parties!
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|DIY not for you? Buy this finished bracelet in our Etsy Store or buy a kit to make your own without wasting time hunting down supplies!
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