Bohemian Leather Button Cuff (A Tutorial)

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I have jars of buttons all over my studio and I’m always brainstorming different unique ways to use them. I recently ordered some leather cuffs from Dharma Trading and thought the buttons would be a great way to embellish them.

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

These leather blank cuffs are a great base for a project since the hardware is already attached. The best part is they are really inexpensive and precut!

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I used Angelus Leather Dye and Dye Reducer to dye the leather:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I mixed the leather dye and reducer in a small bowl:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Then I used a cloth to apply it to the the leather. Two coats worked perfectly:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I recommend using gloves when dyeing…..I’m always too impatient, but I don’t mind walking around town with discolored hands.

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Once the leather was dry I took a sanding block to distress it. If you want it smooth and supple you can add wax or softener and buff it. I left mine plain because I wanted it slightly dry and distressed:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I sorted out a selection of buttons in a tan, brown and muted palette:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To apply the buttons I used an small 1/16″ scrapbook hole punch, a sharp needle type tool, an embroidery needle and DMC thread:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I placed my first button on the cuff and used the sharp tool to mark where I needed to punch holes:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Using a skinny scrapbook punch I punched the small holes using my marks:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s easiest to mark several buttons at once……

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

……and then move them off the cuff, but keeping them in the same order as you punch your holes:

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

It only took me about an hour to sew all of these buttons on and I love how eclectic and earthy the cuff turned out!

 

Bohemian Leather Button Cuff DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

More leather cuff ideas to come soon!

 

 

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  1. 1
    Felicia says:

    Super cute! Good to know the hole punch will work through the leather too!

  2. 2
    Brittany says:

    Love this idea….now to find some leather bracelets that are close by..

  3. 3

    very clever! and they are beautiful

  4. 4

    These are great! And I LOVE Dharma trading! I’ll have to go take another look around their site!!

  5. 5
    Heather G. says:

    love it!

  6. 6

    this is awesome – i too love how earthy is. once again, i’m amazed by how many different talents you have!

  7. 7

    love it and want it!!!!

  8. 8
    Trisha Miller says:

    i love it! I think this might be my Christmas present this year to all the girls in the family!!!!!! I always give handmade!!!

  9. 9
    RobyGiup says:

    Wonderful!
    Another great idea and tutorial: thank you!!!

  10. 10

    This is fantastic. Thanx!
    Esther.

  11. 11

    I love how you are a down to earth girl who doesn’t mind getting her fingers dirty! Can’t wait to make this.

    Blessings!

  12. 12

    Hello Ashley

    I have just discovered your blog and I love it! This is a great tutorial too. I had a go at making a cuff myself and published it on my blog http://www.imake.gg/archives/2027. I plan to add your blog to my blogroll as I think you do fabulous things :-)

    Keep up the great work :-)

    Martine

  13. 13

    I have jars of buttons all over my studio and Iâ€m always brainstorming different unique ways to use them. I recently ordered some leather cuffs from Dharma Trading and thought the buttons would be a great way to embellish them.

  14. 14
    JaneEllen Jones says:

    It’s sure nice to know there are affordable ready made cuffs. My hands have a hard time doing things (darned old arthritis) but I still like to make things like your awesome button cuff. Just think of all the objects you could put on those puppies, get that thinking cap working. (Of course I’ll have to allow for some senior moment interruptions.)
    Great tutorial and project.

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