I’ve been spending a lot of time looking through daily deal online boutiques lately. Some of the items are such a steal, and other times I think “hmm…I can probably make that myself” especially if it isn’t exactly how I’d want it or if I’d want to customize it. Low and behold, this leather bow bracelet is inspired by an item I saw at a daily deal boutique site!
Here’s how you make it:
- Fabric for bow
- Magnetic clasps
- Knife (to cut the leather)
- Access to a sewing machine
- Hot Glue Gun
Step 1. Cut your leather into a long, rectangular piece which will be the size of your bracelet. Make sure you leave a little extra room to add the magnetic snap closures.
I made my bracelet about 8 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Step 2. Mark where you plan to place the magnetic closures. Then, use scissors and a knife to make incisions in the leather. Push the prongs through the leather and use the pliers to help fold the prongs down.
Step 3. Do the same with the other magnetic closure end. Make sure when you put it in, you are seeing the prongs on the wrong side like below. When one side of the closure is right side up, the other one on the same side of the leather strip should be facing the wrong way.
Step 4. Time to make the bow. The bow’s size will vary based on the measurements you prefer, but I cut out an 8in x 2.5in. strip of blue fabric. I then zig-zag stitched the edges. Then, I used a smaller strip of fabric, and stitched the edges as well as the middle too (just as a design). Once done, I made a “ring” and stitched the middle piece together. Then I slid the big rectangle through the small loop.
Step 5. Use the hot glue gun to attach the bow to the leather. To find the right position, I wore the bracelet and then moved the closures to the side I’d feel most comfortable. Then I glued the bow directly.
You should also use the hot glue gun to secure parts of the bow that may be loose and secure the magnetic closures to the leather.
And, now you’re finished!
Time to wear this bow with the rest of your arm candy…or on it’s own. It steals the show!