DIY Leather Bow Bracelet



You will need :
- A piece of leather, approx. 22cm x 10cm (approx. 8.7" x 4")
- Scissors
- Leather glue or super glue
- Thread
- A snap button

1. Cut an oval piece of leather, approx. 22cm x 10cm (approx. 8.7" x 4"). You can make it longer or smaller, depending on the size of your wrist.



2. Form a bow.



3. Secure the bow by wrapping thread around it and knot.



4. Cut a small rectangle of leather, approx. 4cm x 1cm / 1.6" x 0.4"



5. Glue the small band of leather over the thread.



6. Sew the snap button, one part of the button at one end of the leather, and the other at the other side.



And Voila!


Please let me know if something is unclear or if you have any question regarding this tutorial. If you try it, I would love to know how it went! 

Have a lovely day!

96 comments:

  1. This is great! I am going to make them for my girlfriends, as gifts .Could you tell me where you buy your leather? I have access to Joann's fabric and other smaller places here in Chicago, but finding certain materials is often difficult.

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    1. Marilyn4/04/2012

      If you ask in a furniture store they may give you a little sample book of leathers - the ones you see lying on sofas. They are often glad to give away past season sample books.

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  2. Hi Katie, I'm so glad you like the bracelet and will make some as gifts!
    I actually used leather from a broken bag I had.
    As I live in Switzerland I am not really familiar with american stores, but I asked a friend and she said that if you didn't find what you're looking for at Joann's fabric, you could try http://www.leatherunltd.com/ She has ordered from this site and was happy with her purchase, but I have never seen their leather myself.
    I hope you'll find a nice leather!

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  3. Thanks! I actually found scrap leather at Michael's craft store. I made one, in dark brown, last night and it turned out really cute! I think my friend will like it :) Overall, pretty easy to make. It took me awhile to get the hang of it, but when I make another, it won't take as long. I will also look into that leather website as well, for future projects. -Katie

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  4. So simple and beautiful! I love it!

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  5. Katie : Yay, so happy you made one! I hope your friend will love it!

    Persia Lou : Thank you! I'm so glad you like it!

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  6. this is wonderful idea..how simple nd stylish..
    i m following now :)

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  7. Seriously lovely! I'm your newest follower.

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  8. very pretty...i love it!

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  9. Thank you so much CreativeMind, Nicole and preciouslove! I'm super happy that you like the bracelet and I really appreciate your comments!

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  10. so cute and so easy (looking). I'll have to try it this week! thanks!

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  11. I've got to try this as I have some scrap leather.... plus a whole bunch of old bags.

    I would love to feature and link to this tutorial in a future post so others can come visit. Okay?

    Pearl

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  12. Yes of course, that would be lovely :)

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  13. This looks just cute,
    and it's sooo simple, great idea!!!

    Verena.

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  14. When I linked to your amazing idea, one girl got inspired and that's what came out http://imgur.com/a/azojQ !! Thank you for this awesome tutorial!

    www.fironova.net

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  15. How awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Stinking cute and simple! I can't wait to make one!

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  17. Très cool ce tutorial ! J'aime beaucoup ce genre de bracelet, et je trouve que se le faire soit-même c'est génail ! Merci beaucoup pour l'idée !
    Bises,
    Lola
    http://chicandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  18. Oh man I can't believe it, I made a similar cuff bracelet out of a shirt cuff (posting it on my blog monday as part of my Button Down Rehab series). I was browsing through the projects on One Pretty Thing and I saw this and thought that looks familiar! haha great minds think alike. :)

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  19. Anonymous6/29/2011

    I tried to make this, but the leather I bought was too thick :( Maybe I'll find some thinner leather and be able to make it in the future. I really want to, it's so cute!

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  20. Thank you, simple and beautifull!!!!!!!
    You can see mine
    http://bydebo.eklablog.com/

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  21. What a lovely design. Nice and simple, it could look good on anyone!

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  22. mm .. so simple, and so lovely :)

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  23. Thank you for this, Clemence! I used my hot glue gun for the little rectangle over the thread.

    http://lepetitesweetcupcakes.blogspot.com/2011/07/bow-cuff.html

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  24. Hi i was just wondering if you could do a video tutorial of this.. im sure lots of people would love to see one!! Thanks!

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  25. thank you for this simple and lovely tutorial..

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  26. I featured this tutorial on my blog. LOVE my new bracelet! http://jessalynnedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/09/sept-diy-bow-cuff-bracelet.html

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  27. Charlotte9/17/2011

    je suis tombé sur cette page par hasard, et j'ai eu un gros coup de coeur pour ton blog je le met dans mes favoris!

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  28. oh my goodness, how cute!

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  29. Oh how I love! <3 <3 I may just have to try this :)

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  30. Check out our DIY belt bracelets made from your old belts!—http://operationoverhaul.com/2011/09/belt-bracelets-tutorial/

    Cheers,
    Operation Overhaul
    http://www.operationoverhaul.com

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  31. This is such a cute and cool idea - now I know what to make for christmas presents this year :D

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  32. awesome idea. can't wait to try it. thanks for sharing!

    Brittany

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  33. LOVE this idea, sheer brilliance! I found this on Pinterest and had to make it as a Christmas present. My sister and I have a deal that we make each other's gifts every year, and now we can have matching bracelets! Thank you so much for sharing! It turned out great!

    And just FYI--anyone who is crafty but doesn't often sew or put buttons on anything, I'm not exactly proficient but found this pretty simple. I'd say finding the supplies was the most challenging part! (finding snap buttons in Michaels was like a needle in a haystack!) but that's just because it was Black Friday and no one around to ask haha. Well worth it though, and so cheap!

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  34. Anonymous11/28/2011

    finally made one of my own and i love it!! i'll make these for my girlfriends for christmas this year :)

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  35. I found this on Pinterest months ago, and I'm so glad I did! I'm just finishing up my own leather bracelet! I'm giving this as a Christmas gift, like so many other people. I used some scrap suede from Michael's, which gives a bit of a different look--it's a little softer and thinner, and so not as structured, but I think it still works well!

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  36. I love love love this and can't wait to try it out with an old purse!

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  37. Hi! Silly question, but do you just use a needle/thread to sew the snap closure on? Thanks, looking forward to trying this!

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  38. Thanks so much for your comments! I'm so happy you like the tutorial :)

    @kris : Yes, I used snap buttons that you can simply sew with usual needle and thread. If you have the supplies (or want to buy them), you can also use special snap pliers. It gives a nicer finish, but these pliers can be quite expansive!

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  39. Thanks for sharing! I had to share it on my blog today. :)
    http://aleksa-torri.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-tutorial-how-to-make-leather-bow.html

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  40. I loved this the moment I saw it and instead of using a leather piece around the middle, I used a polka dotted print fabric for a pop of color and pizazz and for the closure I went with a wooden button....super cute!!

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  41. I love this! :) I also made my own version: http://pientakivaa.blogspot.com/2012/02/ranteeseen.html (Unfortunately my blog is not in English though.)

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  42. Hey this is very good idea! :) I want too this too! :D Btw do you speak finnis or where are you from ? :>

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    1. Hi Roosa, so happy you like it! I'm from Switzerland and I think French :)

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  43. Hi! What a great idea and tutorial! Thanks! Here's my bracelet http://www.eilentein.com/2012/03/rusetti.html

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    1. It looks gorgeous, thanks for sharing the link!

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  44. I tremendously love the idea. Im gonna pin it to make it sometime and dont forget!

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    1. So happy you like it Soof! And thanks so much for pinning :)

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  45. Thanks for sharing, amazing! I'm happy happy happy staring at my bracelet!

    Here's mine http://villatolli.blogspot.com/2012/04/hirrveen-natti.html

    (Only in Finnish)

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    1. It turned out amazing! Thanks for the link!

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  46. Love this! Inspired me to make one using felt. Thanks for sharing :)
    http://lovethismakethis.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/felt-bow-cuff.html

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  47. I love this I'm gonna have to try it! Awesome idea!
    -Taryn
    http://sweetsweetnightingale.blogspot.com

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  48. Thanks a lot for your tutorial! I made my own bracelet now! If you would like to see it, visit my blog :-)

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  49. Hei, I really liked your tutorial and I can't wait to try it for myself. I hope you don't mind but i pinned on my pinterest account. This is the link: http://pinterest.com/butterflytimi/. Thank you and have a nice day!

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    1. Of course not! Thanks so much for pinning :)

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  50. Serena from WI6/25/2012

    Me and my sister tried this! its super easy and fun! does not take alot of time, and is SO CUTE! I got alot of compliments on it. Instead of using a sew on snap we just used a button and cut a slit on the other side, works just as good! Thanks!! :)

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    1. Love the idea of a button! And I'm so happy to hear that you got compliments on it, thanks for letting me know :)

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  51. It's great, I love it so much. Here is my bracelets: http://sininenkukkablog.blogspot.hu/2012/05/bor-masni-karkotok.html
    Thanks!!!!

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    1. They are gorgeous! Thanks for the link :)

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  52. I love this leather bracelet,i would like to try this! thank you for the tutorial.
    hope you will check my handmade accessories :)

    http://maisonarf.blogspot.com/

    Arif

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  53. Anonymous7/21/2012

    I made it with gray leather, and it came out beautifully, but unfortunately i hadnt measured my wrist correctly, so it was too short to fit as a bracelet. So I decided to make it an accessory for a dress, I cut a very wide piece of lacey material to make a belt, used a stretchy material to sew between the two ends, so that it would work as a belt properly, then i glued the bow on the stretchy material. So it looks like a lacey belt with a gray leather bow connecting the material.

    P.S. I did not connect the ends of the bow together as shown in the tutorial, so it was a flat bow, not a bracelet.

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  54. Anonymous7/22/2012

    Just finished my own cuff in faux black leather -- I used snaps and material from some pants I found at a Goodwill. Thank you so much for this easy tutorial! The cuff turned out beautifully. :)

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  55. this is very chic. i love this. I can even be more creative and use different colors. Thank you for this tutorial. :)
    Diybeadingclub.com
    Diylessons.org
    Handmade-Jewelry-Club.com

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  56. LOVE!!

    I made these as my bridesmaid gifts. I used hot pink vinyl and plastic sew on snaps. They turned out wonderfully! The first one was a little difficult but got the hang of it after making the sixth one.

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    1. So happy to hear it turned out beautifully!

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  57. GREAT POST!!! I made this from the discontinued leather samples at work. http://bethanybeachdesigns.com/2012/08/12/happy-scraps/ Thank you for the inspiration!!!!

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  58. I found your bracelet on Pinterest and thought it was perfect for some recycled leather that I've had laying around. Thanks for the idea - I love how mine turned out! http://creativedribble.blogspot.com/2012/10/lovely-leftover-leather.html

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    1. Turned out so great! Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Thanks to Pinterest, i just did your bracelet for a gift birthday, just beautiful !!! Thank you !
    Check this out on my blog if you have time ;-*)

    http://muffinsloveme.over-blog.com/article-diy-5-bracelet-noeud-trop-facile-112381131.html

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  60. Is there any other material that you would recommend for this project?? Something besides leather, but still has that same look...

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  61. Is there any other material that you would recommend for this project?? Something besides leather, but still has that same look...

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  62. Is there any other material that you would recommend for this project?? Something besides leather, but still has that same look...

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    1. Besides synthetic leather, I can't think of a material that would have the same look as leather. You could easily make the bracelet with a rather thick fabric but you wouldn't get the same look.

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  63. Thank you so much for this! So cute and I will certainly try it out! :)

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  64. That bracelet is adorable!! I'm definitely going to try making that!

    -Kelly

    http://creatingmyowncareer.com

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  65. Really cute. I love the stud in the middle of the bow and how you always buy most of your supplies at stores people can actually shop at. Posted this on my main blog with two photos of the finished Designer Bracelets and a link back to your blog.

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  66. Thanks so much for sharing this cute idea! Found this on Pinterest only some days ago and had to try it just today :) Unfortunately my leather was a bit thick, but I'll definitely have a look if I can find anything better and try it again. And I think it looks much nicer with smooth leather, I just had some kind of suede. And sewing the buttons was quite difficult - as the leather was too thick. But - despite of all the problems - I really like the result :) If you wanna see my attempt, here's the link: http://luftmasche.blogspot.de/2013/03/und-dann-auch-noch-leder.html

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  67. Anonymous3/24/2013

    i'm going to make it now.. i'm realy excited!!!! i let you know how it went...

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  68. Anonymous8/07/2013

    It looks so cool and I definitely want to try it. One question though: why an oval and not a rectangle?

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  69. This is so pretty, thank you for the tutorial!

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  70. Anonymous11/04/2013

    I found a long leather skirt in a flea market for only 50 cents!!! Wow now I´ll make a lot of this pretty bracelets! <3

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  71. This is awesome! I love this tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. One thing is that could I try replacing the leather with fabric? Because leather is too expensive around here and online.

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  73. Really i love this ..! Thank you so much for sharing

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  74. Anonymous1/17/2014

    What thickness is best for the leather?

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  75. Anonymous1/29/2014

    Go to your favorite thrift store (Goodwill, etc.) and find purses/leather jackets in leather OR "pleather" (faux leather) OR try denim and use various materials for the little center strip AND/OR decorate the strip with "jewels", studs, sparkles...and voila! a whole wardrobe of bracelets for yourself or gifts! Think outside the box!!

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