Ribbon Cuff Bracelets

Ribbon Cuff Bracelets - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Hello Ribbon Retreat readers!
I am so excited to be here today!

My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.


Over at Flamingo Toes I love doing jewelry and sewing projects. And the best of both worlds is a project that combines my two favorite things! These sweet Ribbon Bracelet Cuffs are so easy to do and fun to customize with different ribbons and trims!

These ribbon cuff bracelets are a pretty combination of ribbon, leather, zipper trim, and some sweet little beads!

I have been drooling over The Ribbon Retreat’s selection of Jacquard ribbons – especially the Amy Butler and Ana Maria Horner lines. I just knew they’d be perfect for jewelry – well, they’re pretty perfect for anything. But the colors and designs make up great bracelets!

Ribbon Bracelet DIY

ribbon and bead bracelets

Ready for the tutorial?

You’ll need for each bracelet:

  • 9″ of ribbon
  • Zipper trim (two 8″ pieces)
  • Leather piece – 8 1/4″ x width of ribbon
  • Beaded Gem
  • Fusible Tape
  • Glue
  • Snap Set

Begin by cutting out your leather and zipper pieces. You’ll want the zipper pieces just a little shorter than the leather piece. I cut my leather 8 1/4″ x 1″ for this bracelet.

leather and zippers for bracelet

Cut two lengths of fusible tape just a little shorter than the zipper pieces. Lay a piece of fusible web on the wrong side of the leather. Lay the zipper pieces over this and press down lightly.

zipper accents

Cut another piece of fusible tape and lay over the zipper pieces. Cut your ribbon about 9″. Lay it over the fusible tape and fold the ends under to hide the raw edges. Press lightly again.
This will help hold the ribbon and leather in place while you sew.

fusing ribbon to leather

Using a leather needle on your machine, sew the cuff together all the way around, just inside the leather edge. I found that the piece went through the machine much easier with the leather facing up.

ribbon and leather cuff

Add your snap pieces to each end of the cuff, according to the snap instructions.

snaps for bracelet

Now glue on your little beaded gem in the center of the bracelet. I used E-6000. Allow to dry at least 12 hours – 24 is better, and place something heavy on the gem to hold it tightly to the cuff. You want that gem glued on as tightly as possible before you start curving the cuff to wear it.

gluing on bead

And that’s all there is to it! You can make these up in fun color combinations! With the narrower ribbon you’ll want to cut your leather piece to fit the width, and also trim the zipper tape so that it doesn’t overlap. So fun.

Ribbon Bracelets DIY

Ribbon and Leather Cuffs

Ribbon and Zipper cuffs

I hope you like them!

I’d love for you to stop by Flamingo Toes sometime – here are a few of my favorite recent projects.

Thank you Bev…and WOW, those are so cute and perfect for every fashionista! I love those bracelets. What a perfect accessory for every outfit. I love how Bev has transformed a piece of ribbon into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Ribbon is extremely versatile and can be used in so many different ways, and Bev showed us a perfect example of just that with these terrific bracelets.

Bev is beyond talented and is amazing at creating all kinds of jewelry, and she is an amazing seamstress! We are so excited to have her here with us today! She would love you to stop by and pay her a visit at Flamingo Toes to see all of her wonderful creations.

Happy Creating!
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  1. Rhonda S.
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Love the ribbon choices! Would like the links to the ribbons you used for the project!

  2. Rhonda S.
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Whoops! They were at the top!!! Sorry! 🙁

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rhonda! LOL, you are totally fine! Didn’t she do such a great job picking her ribbon? I love them and want some just like them. 🙂

  3. Brynde
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Awesome post Bev!! I love these bracelets 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Brynde! These are so cute huh! I think we need some. 🙂

  4. Posted July 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for letting me guest post! I’m so glad you like the bracelets – they were really fun to do!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 11, 2013 at 1:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Beverly! Thank you for sharing these amazing and adorable bracelets with us! You are so talented, and we all love them! 🙂

  5. Karen Fletcher
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    That is a really nice DIY. Shall have to try it.
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  6. Rebeca K
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 6:20 am | Permalink


  7. Debbie S.
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous! So easy and has such a great boutique look to it! Where did you get the leather pieces? Thanks for being so generous with your creativity!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Hi Debbie! Thank you for your comment! Aren’t these so much fun?!? Bev said she got her leather pieces in L.A. in the fabric district. But she has bought leather scraps from Etsy sellers too, you can find some at pretty reasonable prices. Thanks Debbie!!!

  8. Cherryn Ellison
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely awesome. Great Work

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cherryn! Thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful day!

  9. sheri
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    these are so cute, where do you get the leather backing?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Sheri! Thank you for your comment. Bev said she got her leather pieces in L.A. in the fabric district. But she has bought leather scraps from Etsy sellers too, you can find some at pretty reasonable prices. Hope this helps. Thanks so much Sheri!

  10. Posted July 30, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    That is one of the easiest ways to create such a beautiful accessory! Wow! So simple yet unlimited possibilities!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 30, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Hi! Thank you so so much for your comment! Have a wonderful day and thanks again for sharing! Michelle 🙂

  11. LUCY Rivera
    Posted February 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I love these bracelets, where to you get the beaded gem?

    • Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lucy! Thank you so much for your comment! These bracelets are gorgeous! You can get the beaded gems right here at The Ribbon Retreat. We have a great selections of gems, pearls and so much more! You can find them here. Thank you again for your comment and for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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