DIY Stitched Wood Cuff

April 24, 2016Allison Murray
An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

So you might think that I’m stitching just about anything that will sit still long enough, and I suppose you’re right! :) I’ve got a wild hair for embroidery and cross-stitch and it’s currently my DIY jam as you probably guessed from the frame I stitched not that long ago.  And now a stitched wood cuff bracelet? Yep. Though I don’t currently have any plans, I’ll probably find even more things to stitch up like this!

Part of why I love little projects like this is how unique it is. I mean I don’t hear about a lot of other people drilling a bazillion holes into a picture frame or wooden cuff bracelet or what have you just to stitch it up. And though I HATE drilling all of these holes I LOVE the end result and it’s totally worth it to me in my book.

Plus I love that I can stitch while I’m travelling or staying completely still sitting on the couch watching every season of Girls, which, I’m kind of surprised I got past the first season but now I’m in it to win it. That’s one of my not necessarily bad OCD habits, I binge watch things that I maybe don’t even really care for. The only thing I managed to quit was Making a Murderer but that was mostly because I was having nightmares. Scary dream are apparently an effective incentive to get past this mental illness!

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And I have to admit, I love having something that people ask me where it came from and I can proudly say I made it. Especially when it’s creative or super unique I love that pride I get to feel when what I have made is appreciated!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

For this project you will need:

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

If you purchase the same cuffs I did from Darby Smart you can use my hole guide pattern. If you buy a different one you can try to use it but you might need to create your own…

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Spray the backside of the pattern with repositionable spray adhesive and place on your bracelet.

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Hit it up with a 5/64 drill bit to make a bunch of tiny little holes!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Now it didn’t take long before I started to wonder why I was making all of these tiny holes in a little white box in my office when it was so pretty outside. I decided that since I’m self employed I’d forgo the clean white background for once and enjoy the day and moved work outside!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

This made my lil bit very happy even if she had to shake off the nap she’d been taking in the corner of the office :)

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

When you’ve finished drilling the holes you’ll be left with a jagged mess inside. Take a coarse sandpaper and clean the inside out. Take a fine piece of sandpaper and smooth out the top side, too.

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Stain your choice of color. I went with Polyshades in Pecan. Allow to dry overnight.

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

And now you can stitch to your heart’s content!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Now to be fair I actually stitched this baby up twice (YES TWICE!) The first time I thought I wanted a more bohemian pallette of blue and coral and gold but when it was done I HATED it. So I ripped all of that business out and started over with even more color!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

So that I had this! Much better :)

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Now the inside is a nightmare but it’s simple enough to fix. Take strips of felt and glue them inside.

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Now I tried forever and ever but getting one strip to run along inside is impossible. IMPOSSIBLE! A few strips run vertically and matched up as well as you can works just as well. This is basically to cover up our ugly stitches inside and protect our hand from any coarse wood that might remain behind and keep rings and stuff from catching on the strings inside.

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Truly, even if it isn’t perfect it won’t be that noticeable. Trim the excess up with very sharp, small scissors. I actually used thread nippers with much more success than traditional scissors (they kept scratching up the wood, bah!)

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Mr. Rob was kind enough to take pictures of my new bracelet for me and I have to tell you, I’m absolutely in LOVE with it.

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Little girl loves it, too :) And it looks so cute with her black and white coloring, doesn’t it? And just because I adore you and I want you to smile, next is an above shot of little miss because the way she sits is too cute!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

All in all, every single one of those tiny holes was worth the drill even if I hated doing it! The colors are my favorite right now and I think this stitched wood cuff is going to get  lot of wear!

An everyday wood cuff gets an amazing makeover. This DIY stitched wood cuff is a fashion statement you can be proud of!

Comments (2)

  • Liz

    April 24, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Adorable!

  • Mike

    May 1, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    You rock Allison! I LOVE this cuff/bracelet! I would love to have one as I would totally wear it. :)

    And I hear ya about “binge” watching things that I don’t care about. Over the last few months, I sort of gotten into watching “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” on Sunday nights, two shows I thought I’d never get into. And while I will admit that some of the humor is kind of crude (especially on “Family Guy”), I can’t help but enjoy the fact that watching adult oriented humor could be so entertaining. And I’m not what you call a TV person either. I probably spend on average, maybe 4 hours a week watching TV, if even that much and I’m not exaggerating. I’m just too busy these days. But since late last year, I do take time out to catch these two pop cultural American TV shows once a week. They kind of grew on me.

    But I digress. Anyway, great job on your wood cuff bracelet! You come up with the best ideas!

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