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!
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!
For this project you will need:
- Wood cuff bangle bracelet
- Embroidery floss
- Cordless drill & 5/64 drill bit
- Printable PDF for hole guide
- Repositionable spray adhesive <— this is important so that your pattern comes off!
- Coarse and smooth grit sandpapers
- Wood stain
- Felt & glue
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…
Spray the backside of the pattern with repositionable spray adhesive and place on your bracelet.
Hit it up with a 5/64 drill bit to make a bunch of tiny little holes!
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!
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 :)
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.
Stain your choice of color. I went with Polyshades in Pecan. Allow to dry overnight.
And now you can stitch to your heart’s content!
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!
So that I had this! Much better :)
Now the inside is a nightmare but it’s simple enough to fix. Take strips of felt and glue them inside.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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!