Project inspiration can come from so many different places. One great place to find inspiration is by looking at craft supplies, whether that means walking around a craft store or browsing online, because sometimes you will find products that you haven’t seen before that will give you an idea for a project. That was the case for me with this project. I saw the leather bracelets with holes punched in them and immediately thought that those holes would be perfect for adding a crocheted edging to. I think that leather and lacy crochet makes for a really neat combination on these DIY leather cuff bracelets. Leather is a tougher material while the lacy edging is more delicate and I really like that contrast.
I decided to play around a little with the threads that I used to see what would work. You could really use any thread that you can fit through the holes with the crochet hook. I decided to try a white thread, it was actually kite string but the size worked well for this project, and a couple of metallic threads, a gold and a silver. All three worked well for the bracelet. I felt that the metallic threads were a little more difficult to work with because of the texture but it was a small enough project that it wasn’t too bad. They did give a little more stiffness and definition to the edging than the white thread did which I liked. These DIY leather cuff bracelets are such a quick project that you can easily play around with different threads to see what crocheted effect you like best. They would make great gifts with the holidays coming up too.
- Darice Dark Brown Leather Bracelet Base with Snaps
- Thread to Crochet with (Darice 3 Ply Lame Cord in Metallic Gold or Metallic Silver and White Kite String)
- Steel Crochet Hook #6
- Yarn Needle
- Darice Scissors
Work along one side of the bracelet at a time, start the first row with the right side of the bracelet facing you
Row 1: join thread in first hole with a sc, [ch 1, sc in next hole] repeat to the end of that side.
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and ch space across (37 sc).
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in first stitch, [skip 2, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next stitch, ch 1, skip 2, sc in next stitch] repeat to the end.
Finish off and cut the thread.
Repeat rows 1-3 on the other side of the bracelet. Weave in all the ends.
And there you have your finished DIY leather cuff bracelets with crocheted edging. For another idea on finishing these pre-punched leather cuffs, check out our DIY leather bracelet with rhinestones post.