DIY Accessories: Make an Upcycled Wrist Cuff

wrist cuff

I don’t know about you guys, but I have the hardest time coming up with boy gifts. Why do handmade items tend to skew toward the girlie? Never fear! This upcycled cuff is simple enough to make using fabric scraps and works for men and women.

DIY Wrist Cuffs


  • two pieces of fabric scraps, cut or pinked to 9″ long by 2″ wide (you’ll want one piece to be a bit on the heavy side, like denim or corduroy)
  • sewing machine
  • a large, vintage button
  • fabric scissors and pinking shears (optional)
  • contrasting piece of fabric or an outer strip (optional)


1. Take your two 9″x2″ rectangular pieces of fabric, and cut the edges like in the dotted lines here:

cuff cutout

2. If you’re adding the fancy, pinked stripe to the outside, use your pinking shears to cut a strip of contrasting fabric 9″ long and about 3/4″ wide. Now, layer and pin your fabrics right sides out, with the pinked strip of contrasting fabric right side out on the fabric that’s going to be the outside of your cuff. Sew along the outside using a zig-zag stitch. You want to start at the corner of the pinked strip, so that when you have sewn along the outer edges, you can then sew down that strip without having to take the project off the needle. This method will allow the edges to fray a bit with wear, which I think gives the finished product a more manly feel.

3. OK, this is my favorite part of the project: scribble scrabble sewing! Change your needle to the straight stitch, and place the cuff in the machine so you’re starting near one of the edges. Do a few backwards stitches, and then go to town! Stitch up and down, changing direction as often as you like. You can even change stitches while you’re working to give it a really random feel. The scribbly stitching gives the cuff a little more strength while adding a bit of interest.

4. You’re almost done! Sew your button hole vertically about 1/2″ from one edge of the fabric. Grab your vintage button and sew it on the opposite end of the cuff’s outside.

A version of this article originally appeared at Crafting a Green World

2 comments on “DIY Accessories: Make an Upcycled Wrist Cuff
    • Ooh totally! Old jeans or corduroy pants would work really well for the thick fabric and lighter fabrics like from shirts work for the lining.

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