Let’s get crafty! There’s a photo of this bow bracelet all over Pinterest and I’ve been wanting to make one for ages. The lack of instructions was holding me back but it was pretty quick and easy to figure out plus I learned a new ‘skill’. I love how this gives a big hit of color but is practically weightless on. Gather some supplies and make some too!
- scraps of leather, suede or pleather
- rotary cutter or scissors
- hot glue gun and glue
- small hole punch (optional)
- snap kit OR button, thread and leather needle
May I offer a couple of suggestions for finding leather? Michael’s sells scrap bags that are literally that. You never know exactly what you’ll get but you can see most of it through the bag. Most towns will have a leather shop, ask them for small pieces or scraps. They’re often really good quality and reasonably priced. Check your local thrift shops for leather skirts, jackets or pants. Those 80’s fashions can be cut and upcycled!
Okay, let’s make a bracelet.
- Use a rotary cutter or sharp scissors to cut a piece of leather to 2″ wide by about 10″ long. Also cut a scrap about 1/2″ wide and 2″ long.
- Pinch the centre of the leather strip using a bit of an accordian fold. On the back side, put a dot of glue in the middle of the pinch. Attach the short side of your little scrap and hold a moment until set. Wrap the rest of that scrap around the front of the pinch and add a second dot of glue to the back side, probably on top of the strip and glue again. Trim any excess leather and glue bits. This is your ‘bow’ done!
- Wrap the leather around your wrist with a good inch or so of overlap. Trim the length if you need to. Now we need to figure out how to attach the leather ends to form a bracelet. You guys, I tried hammering on snaps for the first time and am blown away at how easy it is – I totally recommend it. If you go that route, use a small hole punch or the little tool that comes in the snap kit to punch a hole at one end of your leather. Find the centre and go in a good 1/2″ from the end. Do the same on each end. Follow the very clear instructions on the back of the snap kit to hammer the snap and closure into place.
- Another option for a closure if you’re shy of the snaps is a button. I prefer the ones with a loop on the back over ones with holes. They give the leather a better place to sit when buttoned. Just sew a button on one end and cut a small slit on the other. The slit should be just big enough for the button to squeeze through. An exacto knife works well for cutting leather.
Softer leather works best for these because they let you get the best pinch/fold – plus they’re super comfortable to wear. If you make one, please remember to remove it for showering and swimming. Now I’m off to find more projects that require snaps…so fun!