It all started with this:
A box of sari scraps from Gwen Lafleur. So beautiful. I have hoarded them for a while now, playing with them, mix and matching them. So beautiful that I was loath to cut them up and use them. I have long been wanting to make a cuff from them. Actually, I had several other pieces in mind, but I still can’t bring myself to cut those, so I used a piece I love, but felt ok about using.
quilt batting (I used organic cotton that I had leftover from a project over 10 years ago)
Sari ribbon from Darn Good Yarn in 3 different colors
Contrasting fabric to cover button
Dritz cover button in size of choice
Flower stamens for artificial flowers (I got mine from Michael’s, but I see you can get them on Etsy.)
Making the bracelet
A piece of quilt batting was cut to fit around my wrist plus 1.5 inches. This beautiful fabric was wrapped around the batting and sewn in place. A small piece of the fabric was made into a loop and sewn into the end.
A piece of sari ribbon was chosen to add contrast to the wristlet. It was handstitched slightly off center using a running stitch down the middle of the ribbon.
The button form was covered next and sewn in place before embellishing. This order of doing things allows for determining the center of the cuff for embellishing purposes.
Next a piece of sari ribbon was made into a flower. Using a running stitch along the bottom edge, gathering the edge of the ribbon and twisting it into a spiral the flower comes to shape.
Then a few stitches tack it together. Flower stamens were added along with a few glass beads. Make two in different colors. Sew a Millinery Leaf to the cuff. Add the two flowers next.
Here you can see the button, the loop (green) and the embellishment.
Next, sew a Turkmen Jewelry Piece on either side of the flowers.
Finish by adding beads along the sari ribbon strip.
Easy peasy. You can bet there will be more. I still have a box full of sari scraps. Want to get some of your own? Visit Gwen’s store.
What are you making these days? I’d love to know.