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Recycled Leather “Hope” Cuff

What You’ll Need:

scrap leather
raised button

What You’ll Do:
Cut two pieces of leather, approximately the size of your wrist circumference.
I cut my strips 6.5″ x 1.5″

Cut another small strip about 3.5″ x .25″

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Clip the smaller strip to one end of the leather. Make sure that the button will pass through.

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Stitch this piece to the leather.

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Clip both pieces together, right sides out.

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Stitch together around the edges.

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I got a little carried away and stitched a few swirls.


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Clip the charm to the center and, using your yarn, attach the charm to the leather.

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Center the button and attach it to the leather.

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You could stop here, but to finish it off nicely…


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Cut a piece of felt approximately 1/4″ smaller around than the leather.
(I added my label)


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Attach the label to the felt then attach the felt to the backside of the leather and…

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  • Well, the most unusual thing is that I don't have a handbag. I keep my id in a cell phone holder, no cell phone, just the holder. (hey it has the clip to hang from my waistband! how convenient.)

  • The most unusual thing in my purse would be a crayon my nephew told me to hold on too because he would be checking to make sure I carry it everywhere! LOL!

  • This is a beautiful cuff!

    The most unusual thing in my bag right now is my lip ring. I had an interview the other day and forgot to take it out before I left the house.

  • I have done number 1, 2 and 4 of the winning options – might blog about it later in the week (I want my latest posts of the bead babes challenge up for a little longer). The most unusual thing in my handbag right now is a map of Paris, and used tickets to a concert I just went to during a weekend trip ;-).

  • The most peculiar thing I carry around in my purse is a multi-tool. I'm a firm believer in always being a woman prepared and this guy has stepped in to rescue a situation more times than I can count. It has screwdrivers and pliers, a pocket knife, and a can opener.

  • I love the cuff – you do the most amazing things! The most unusual thing in my purse now is a little screwdriver with several heads to it. Always be prepared!!!

  • I already stalk oh I mean follow you everywhere I can. This would be awesome to give to my sweet daughter as she is 18 and sometimes needs a reminder. I love your tutorials so much and I may actually start sewing again sometime soon.

  • The most unusual thing in my purse, hmm, I just cleaned it out so it is probably a couple gift cards that have only pennies on them. For some reason I can't throw them out and I rarely remember to use them when I'm in the stores.

  • the most unusual thing in my purse… a little railroad spike that is about 3 1/2 inches long,, i ran over it two weeks ago and had a flat.. but its so cool looking. I kept it.

  • I followed over from Hope Studios link party, and I'm sure glad I did! I'm now a follower of your blog. Love this bracelet and if I don't win it, you can bet I'll be making my own!

  • lori!
    your designs are beautiful!
    my jaw dropped wide open when i saw a bag with a belt handle…
    the word clever just doesn't measure up!
    LOVE that! love!

    that cuff is SO great!
    a lucky winner for sure!
    off to do some subscribing & liking!
    with a skip in my step!

    did you paint that heart on your toe yet? :O)
    thanks for your kindness btw!

  • Most unusual thing…I just cleaned it last week, but there is a tape measure. Not to weird.

    But last week there was a mini skateboard 🙂

  • I "liked" you on facebook and the most unique thing in my purse right now is a small heart shaped slinky that my three year old gave me. 🙂
    Thank you for spreading the love with this wonderful giveaway!

  • i love this tutorial…..
    would love to make one!!!
    or win it
    my daughter's middle name is hope…she is named after my mom whose name means hope 🙂
    anyway…the most unusual think in my bag right now is my new hello kitty tape measurer keyring that i just got…and love

  • this is SO GREAT! love it!
    wish you a lovely and creative day today – sunny greetings from germany, geisslein

  • i follow your blog!! the most unusual thing in my handbag is a thing of tooth paste.. no tooth brush to use with it!! i love this cuff!!

  • the most unusual thing in my purse right now are two empty toilet paper rolls. i am saving them for a crafty project to whereever I am and if there is an empty roll on the holder I take it. weird, i know! lol

  • The most unusual thing in my purse is broken glass. This isn't just any glass, this is glass from a car accident I was in in October. My son and I survived what should have been a fatal crash and when my side window shattered the glass fell into my purse. I keep it there to thank God every day that we survived.

  • I don't normally carry a purse around but have one when we go to the city so there really isn't anything out of the ordinary in there (sure wish I could find money in there though! hehehe)

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