December 19, 2013
next up on the list of diy gifts are these pretty reversible ribbon cuffs. once you gather the supplies, they’re so easy to make! i whipped up about 20 of them in just a few hours. since they’re reversible, i made each side with a different ribbon which really makes them stand out and fun to wear!
– jump rings**
– lobster clasps**
– ribbon end clamps (make sure to get a size that matches your ribbon widths)**
– fray check
– flat nose pliers
– bent nose pliers
– sewing machine***
*i used designer ribbons from renaissance ribbons. pictured here are some from amy butler, tula pink, anna maria horner and philip jacobs. you can search for them around the web or order them directly from my mom’s quilting shop, a stitch in time (just e-mail her!).
**i got all my supplies from twilights fancy. she was wonderful to work with and shipped very quickly!
***if you don’t have a sewing machine, you could also make these by fusing the two sides together with an iron using a fusible like heat n bond.
step 1: begin by cutting your ribbon. i made each of mine 7″ long, but you can measure your own wrist and adjust if necessary.
step 2: place two pieces of coordinating ribbon wrong sides (messy sides) together. straight stitch down each side, staying as close to the edges as possible. (see picture above supplies.)
step 3: apply fray check to the cut ends to prevent raveling (you can skip this step if you want, but let me warn you- ribbons fray like crazy!).
step 4: insert each end of the ribbon into a ribbon clamp and clamp each end tightly down using flat nose pliers.
step 5: using curved nose pliers, open a jump ring and place it in the loop at the end of one of the ribbon clamps. close the jump ring.
step 6: open another jump ring, place a lobster claw on it and attach it the other ribbon clamp just like you did in the previous step.
oh yeah, and did i mention? i got a tattoo!