Tutorial: Braided Leather Cuffs

I have 3 tutorials this week as a result of last month’s craft night. This first one, for a braided leather cuff, is probably the quickest of all of them.

I would venture to say that this tutorial is less specific and more trial and error. I will show you some pictures I took, and send you off to try this one with a pinch of luck. It’s not that it’s hard, and it’s not even that it will take you more than 10 minutes – it’s just that  you might want to throw it across the room at one point and then pick it back up to finish it. Convinced you want to try this now? Good. Let’s get started.

Here’s What You Need:

  • A piece of leather
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors/Rotary cutter
  • Needle and thread
  • 1-2 snaps

Here’s What You Do:

1. Measure around your wrist with a tape measure. Add one inch and cut a strip of leather that length. Decide the width of the strip of leather based on how thick you would like your bracelet to be (Somewhere between 1-2 inches).

2. Make two parallel cuts in your leather, leaving 1/2 inch uncut at both ends.

3. This is where things get a little wonky…Start braiding at the top of the bracelet. (1)

4. As you braid the top – the bottom of the leather will start to braid as well. (2)

5. By trial-and-error (and probably a bit of angst) flip the leather until only the top is braided and the bottom is not. Martha has provided a really complex tutorial for how to do this…I would suggest blazing your own trail on this one. (3) Eventually, you will succeed. (4)

6. Continue braiding/unbraiding until the braid looks how you want it to. Less braiding=a flater bracelet. Spread the braid out from the top if necessary.

7. Attach snaps to the bracelet. For a more finished look, don’t sew completely through the leather so that you can hide your stitches.

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