Monday, June 27, 2011

Button Down Rehab Day 6: Bow Cuff Bracelet

Are you ready to make the easiest bracelet you've ever made?

I was kind of hesitant to post this because it's so ridiculously easy! This project takes maybe 10 minutes total, and all you need is a shirt cuff from an old button down shirt, a small piece of scrap fabric, and some basic sewing supplies.

  • Button down shirt cuff 
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Seam ripper
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Rotary cutter and mat or scissors and ruler
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron

Step 1: Remove shirt cuff.

Using your seam ripper, carefully remove your shirt cuff. You will have an open end where you just ripped your seams. Using coordinating thread, sew where the original stitches were to close the opening.

Step 2: Make a tube.

Using your coordinating scrap fabric, trace and cut out a rectangle of fabric 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. Fold your rectangle in half long ways with the right sides together, and sew down your long side. Turn your tube right side out. You should now have a 3 inch long by 1 inch wide tube.

Using a hot iron, press your seam to the middle (see 3rd picture above). Now, put the edges of your tube together with your seam on the outside, and sew a straight line close to the edge.

Clip any extra fabric, and turn your tube right side out.

Step 3: Make your bow.

Next, fold your shirt cuff like an accordion and slip through your tube to the middle.

Button your cuff and wear proudly!

See? I told you it was ridiculously easy.

And I bet no one would guess your cuff bracelet was from an actual shirt cuff :)


I'm psyched to have Gwen of Gwenny Penny guest posting for Button Down Rehab tomorrow with a project that's perfect for summer.  

Don't forget to check out the other BDR posts you may have missed:


Linking up!

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Somewhat SimplePhotobucketThe Shabby Nest
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Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design


  1. Oh, so cute! I would never have thought of that!

  2. It is so easy but your instructions are perfect. I am a new follower. Check me out at

  3. great tut!
    Love your style

  4. That's so cute! I love the latest projects in this series. I'll be linking!

  5. Well, now that's just cute. I'm thinking this might be a good sewing project for my daughter. Found you @ Tip Junkie!

  6. I love that you just used the buttons on the cuff to hook it around your wrist. Really cute idea, Jen :)

  7. I love this!!! Up-cycling is the best! GREAT JOB :)

  8. I love this! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!

  9. Oh my heck...this is SO CUTE!! I'm going to make a run to the thrift store to find some shirts to cut up!

    Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

  10. Very cute--and it really does look so easy!

  11. Great idea! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays!

  12. Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Confessional. You've been featured, so grab yourself a button and get your brag on!


  13. Great idea!! THANK YOU so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Sunday over at our blog!! We appreciate it!! Hope to see your fabulous ideas again!! Have a great rest of your week!


  14. That is alovely cuff, love it and will need to try and make one myself now

  15. Oh my!!! I love, love this and you are right it is easy but sooo cute!!! Adorable!
    following you now

  16. How cute! I love the color combination. :)

  17. So creative and fun!! Thank you for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Sundays" on our blog!! We appreciate!! We will be featuring your cuff on our blog tomorrow! Feel free to grab a button! :) Thanks again for sharing!


  18. I love your post and all of your holiday spirit! I'm visiting from Be Different Act Normal! I’m hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I’d love for you to link up and share with me!

    Hope to see you over at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  19. Adorable! My daughter is going to want to make this - will be using your tutorial! Thanks for sharing. xoxo michele

  20. This bracelet is adorable!! TFS!!

    Stopping by from Flamingo Toes linky party. Here is what I shared this week:

    Happy 4th of July!!

  21. awesome, awesome, awesome! love it!

  22. Love it! (Found you through The Train to Crazy)

  23. I just made one of these today! The way I cut off the cuff, I didn't even need to sew along the one side. All I had to do was move the button (it used to be my dad's shirt) and sew on the center part. Thanks so much for this tutorial! So cute!

  24. Thank you so much for linking this up! I love it! So cute! Perfect for my first blog party celebrating the 4th of July!

    I'm hosting my first ever weekly blog party and it starts today! It is called {re}create into something new! So please link up anything that you have reinvented, repurposed, recycled, revamped, reused, reorganized or redone!

    Thanks again!
    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife

  25. An excellent craft project, easy tutorial. Thanks for posting.

  26. Just found this project thru pinterest....LOVE it! I'm always looking for ways to wear some of my vintage broooches other than pinning them to a shirt.... This would be perfect to pin a brooch to!

  27. This is delightful! Thank you for sharing your idea and your creativity!


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