For a while I have been inspired by the work of Lizette Greco, and fell in love with her cuff bracelets when I looked through her Flickr pool. I have also been trying to think of an idea for something small to include in some packages I'm sending out that would sort of reflect my style. I am all about patchwork these days, and if I had the time I would quilt every surface in my house. So, here is a little prototype for something I am calling the "quilt-let"-- a small quilted cuff bracelet.
I needed to make seven of these, six for girls, and one for a boy, so I kept it simple this time, doing two designs only. I think that the possibilities are endless, and that they could even be further embellished. I used three fabrics on each design, but I would like to try some where one side is a patchwork of many fabrics, reversing to a solid. I have to say that my craftsmanship is a little spotty on these, so if you happen to receive one, go easy on me please. My sewing machine was hanging up on the edges (hmmmm...never seemed to happen when I had a very simple mechanical machine, but now that I have a fancier one, things don't seem to go as smoothly-- maybe I should pull out my old one).
Each design has linen and a small print on one side reversing to a French looking fabric on the other (they are actually Japanese prints). I wanted really thin batting, so I just used some flannel scraps. I have a snap press, so the snaps were a breeze, and really this was a huge motivator since my snap press has been so underused since I bought it. I am really trying to justify the purchase of another die set for my press that sets metal snaps (these are plastic), and figured if I could work my way through some more of the plastic ones I own, I could buy the metal ones-- only a few more hundred snaps to go.
It seems that cuff bracelets are very popular this year...check out these.