a chevron leather cuff is my fave (guest post from clemence)

June 6, 2012

I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from a DIY queen (and birthday girl yesterday!), Clemence of Oh The Lovely Things.

I love the look of geometric jewelry these days + I have a ton of scrap leather + I always have fun making my own bracelets, so I decided to treat myself with a chevron leather cuff. I’m so excited to share the easy how-to with you!

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You will need :
– A piece of soft leather, about 1mm thick. I cut a 7 1/2″ x 2″ (19cm x 5cm) piece. Depending on the size of your wrist, you may need a longer or smaller piece : cut a strip that is about 1-2 inches longer than your wrist size. You can also cut a wider or narrower strip, to suit your own taste.
– A pair of scissors
– An erasable marker, or a pencil
– A ruler
– An X-acto knife
– A slot screwdriver
– A snap button
– Thread and needle
– Spray paint (optional)

1. Cut a 7 1/2″ x 2″ rectangle piece of leather. Depending on the size of your wrist, you may need a longer or smaller piece. You can also cut a wider or narrower strip, to suit your own taste.

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2. Using an erasable marker or a hard pencil, draw two parallel lines : one about 0.9″ from the right side and the other one about 0.9″ from the left.

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3. Using a slot screwdriver and a ruler as a guide, trace firmly over the lines you just draw. If you used an erasable marker, erase the lines with a damp cloth.

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4. You’ll now carve the lines that correspond to the gray lines on the bracelet diagram in step 2. With your X-acto knife, diagonally carve parallel lines, going from the left middle line to the left side of the leather piece. Repeat on the other side (going from the right middle line to the right side of the leather piece. Try not to go deeper than half the depth of the leather.

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5. Sew the snap button (one part of the button at one end of the leather, and the other at the other end).

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6. Spray paint your bracelet or leave it as is, as your heart desires.

You’re done! Wear it proudly.

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