June 22, 2012

Pleated Ribbon Cuff

Hi, everyone! It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the final new member on the PS contributor team: Jessica from Sunny Tuesday! I have had the pleasure to meet up with Jessica in person on numerous occasions, and she is an absolute gem! I am so excited to have her as part of the PS family. Take it away, Jessica!
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Hey there!  I’m Jessica and I blog at Sunny Tuesday.  I am thrilled to be joining Amy and the PS contributor team!  I am all about crafts that are cheap, quick or easy and this little number is all three.

With an active baby girl, I rarely (never!) craft for myself unless it’s super quick and out of necessity.  I found myself in need of an accessory recently, spied some grey grosgrain and 20 minutes later…

I had whipped up a fun pleated ribbon cuff with a little bit of bling!  Want to make one, too?  You probably already have the supplies on hand.  Gather them up and let’s get down to business!

First, you will want to measure your wrist.  Multiply that number by four and cut your ribbon to that length.  My wrist is 7 inches, so I cut a piece of ribbon 28″ long.  You can use ribbon of any width, but I found 7/8″ to be wide enough to easily pleat.
Heat seal one end (I use a lighter) and then add your male snap* about 1.5″ down.  
Fold the end of the ribbon to the back, covering up the back of the snap and stitch it in place using either a sewing machine or a needle and thread.
Fold a pleat up over the line you stitched, making sure that your snap is facing down and pin it in place.
Continue folding up your pleats, pinning each one in place.  You can measure if you like, but I just like to eyeball it to save time.
Pleat your ribbon until it fits your wrist.  Trim the ribbon down to 2″ from the last pleat.  Heat seal the end and add your female snap* about 1.5″ from the end.  Make SURE that you have it facing the opposite direction from your male snap.  
Now flip it over so the female snap is facing down.  Fold the end up over the back of the snap and tuck it into the last pleat.  Stitch the end in place.  I actually unpinned the last pleat to stitch the end down and then pinned it back up.
Stitch a line straight down the middle, from snap to snap.  Try to keep it as centered as possible.

Now you will want to stitch your rhinestone trim down.  I just stitched right between each stone, tacking the trim to the bracelet.  Don’t worry too much about how pretty it is on the back.
Keep going until you get about 1/4″ from the snap on the other end.  You can stop here if you don’t care what the inside looks like. :)  
If you DO care what the inside looks like, flip it over and you’ll see all your little stitch marks.  I cut a piece of velvet trim to length and hot glued it on to finish the inside.
These pleated ribbon cuffs are so quick & easy to make.  Try out different ribbons and trims – the possibilities are endless!
*Don’t have snap pliers?  No worries!  You can use sew-on snaps or velcro or leave long tails at each end and tie it on.
If you make a pleated ribbon cuff, come post your pic on the Sunny Tuesday facebook page - I would love to see it!
I’ll see y’all next month with another project.  If you miss me in the meantime, scoot on over to Sunny Tuesday.  :)
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Jessica is a wife and new mom to one sweet little girl. She has always loved to craft, which is her form of stress relief. She is passionate about helping others get into crafting, because she knows first hand how good it feels to complete a project and think, “Hey, I made that!” and she wants others to be able to feel that sense of accomplishment, too. Visit Sunny Tuesday for quick, simple craft ideas that anyone can do.





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Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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7 Responses to Pleated Ribbon Cuff

  1. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} June 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Absolutely adorable, Jessica!

  2. Pam @ Healthily Ever After June 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Such a cute and simple idea. I think I could actually do this craft. Thanks for sharing…

  3. Amy's Cooking Adventures June 23, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Lovely! I can see giving these as gifts!

  4. Leslie Duran June 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Great project – I’m totally making one of these!

  5. Tammy June 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    This is darling! And I think I have all the “ingredients” in my craft stash to make one for me!! :) Thanks for adding to my to-do list!! hehe

  6. Hilani Ellis June 25, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Way cute!!! Can I say Way… LOL

  7. Beverly {Flamingo Toes} June 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    These cuffs are seriously adorable Jessica! I love the pleats!! Thanks for linking up – I featured you today!

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