Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Simple Capri Cuff

Yesterday I went through the steps to create the capri part of the Velcro Cuff Capri, and thanks to my son, wasn't able to show you the cuff part. In a matter of 30 minutes tonight, I was able to make another simple set of cuffs, taking pictures all along the way to show you here...

Materials:
  • Half a yard of fabric
  • The loop part of velcro (the hook part was put on the pants.)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors 
Start by attaching the loop part of the velcro around the leg of the pant, I found this to be the safest way to measure, because I'm awful at measuring.

(You don't need to use different color velcro, I did because it thought it showed up better in the photos.)

Snip the extra velcro off

Next figure out how deep you want the cuff to be, and then double it and cut a length of fabric that is equal to the depth of your cuff x 2 + seem allowance.

So if you want a 3 inch deep cuff, cut your fabric to be 6.5" deep (assuming a .25" seam allowance... I usually give myself a bit more as you'll see below.) and then cut 2 pieces of fabric the same width as your velcro plus .5" seem allowance.


Pin your velcro to the right side of the fabric 2" from the top edge and sew.

Fold the fabric with right sides together, pin along the long edge and sew along the open edge:

Turn fabric so right sides are facing out, and then press. You'll see I've moved the seam around to the back more so that the top and bottom edge of the cuff are neat folds.


Next, fold in half so your velcro is facing out and the two raw edges are together and then sew: (See that longer seem allowance, I've got about an inch...)

Next trim any extra fabric you've got and press the seam open:

Then turn your cuffs so the velco is to the inside and you've got a basic cuff.

If you want you can stitch around the top and bottom to give them a little more detail... add additional ribbon, fabric, rickrack... whatever you want to do.

Here are our two "pairs" of capri's made from the same jeans...


My little bug has a bunch of ideas for additional cuffs so I'll be sure to post them when I'm done.

Oh - and don't throw away any extra velcro you might have... because we've got one pair of jeans and a bunch of cuffs you'll be using more of one side. But I've got a plan for that other side in the next couple of weeks!

8 comments:

  1. This is really clever. A girl can never have too much versatility in her wardrobe.

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  2. What a great idea. I'd even like to do this for some of my own pants!

    http://creationsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/2010/03/make-ordinary-candle-extra-ordinary.html

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  3. This is a great idea! I love it! I will feature it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com over the weekend.

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  4. cute! such a thrifty way for a little girl to have a lot of different outfits!

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  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave.com in the Handcraft category today [22 Mar 10:43am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  6. Brilliant!!! My laundry slacker self loves the idea of being able to change the cuff to match the outfit!!

    I featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-interchangeable-contrast-cuffs-for-girls-jeans/2010/03/22/

    --Anne

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  7. this is a great idea! my son is REALLY skinny but getting taller - i can use this idea and add a courderoy cuff at the bottom of his jeans to make them longer until he gets big enough for the next size up!

    i've been thinking about how to make his jeans longer and this is brilliant!

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  8. Genius idea! Thanks for showing us.

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