voila! I've made a million cuffs for a craft fair I'll be selling my shtuff at, so I wanted to show some of them off! And no, not all million are the same size! Too weird that the four I chose are all the same size!
I LOVE painting stencils on them! I kinda borrowed the "little animal stuck in a circle" idea from a tote that Rosali made for Lisiepeasie for the 2006 Wishlist Gallery (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88135.10
)!http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c317/bubbatink/cuffsgalore.jpgHere's a crazy tutorial with way too many pictures!
1. Make a pattern to whatever size you want. I suggest adding about 1 or 1/2 inches to your wrist measurement to make the length.
2. Cut your shape out and leave about 1/4 inch (or a little more) for seam allowance, but leave the seam allowance for one of the ends at about 1/2 an inch. (in the pic it's the end on the left)
3. Cut out some fusible interfacing, and iron it on!
4. Do the last three steps on your backing fabric, and place both parts face to face, so that the interfacing faces out. Pin them together! (there's a red cross on the stripey fabric cos I stenciled it on...)
5. Sew them togever! I used my serger, but you can definately use your sewing machine. ONLY SEW THREE SIDES!!! You'll need the third side open so that you can turn it right-side out. Since my serger doesn't sew the tightest stitches (I'm still working on that), I reinforce it with my sewing machine (pic #2) so that when you turn it inside out you don't see the stitches.
6. Turn it inside out, and poke the corners from the inside with something pointy so that they point out nicely. I use my serger tweezers cos they're not too sharp, and cos they're nice and long! You can use scissors, but be careful not to pierce the fabric.
7. Now fold the edges of the open side in, and pin it.
8. Sew closely along all the edges so that it stays nice and flat.
9. Go to www.snapsource.com
and buy some snaps!! I use size 16. And don't forget to buy the snap setter, too! I forgot...it sucked for a week...And hammer away!
10. Voila! A beautiful two-sided cuff! You can of course stencil something on the back too, but I didn't wanna. (and the cuff isn't really that wonky, I just took the pic from a lower angle)