Felt Wrist Cuffs Project

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Felt Wrist Cuffs Project

These bright felt wrist cuffs are uniquely beautiful and can be personalized in many ways, using different shape templates to create this wonderful applique effect. Consider using 100% wool felt which is luxurious and soft when worn against the skin and is available in a wide range of beautiful colors.

Cut 2 pieces of different colored felt 8.5” x 2”. You can make these longer for larger wrists or wider to accommodate bigger designs.

Taper the ends of both piece of felt so that they will fit the wearer comfortably. I used my Fiskars 45mm loop handle rotary cutter and cutting mat to measure accurately. Taper each end to 1”, starting 2.5” from the end.

Tapering-felt

Cut two 1” pieces of Velcro and sew one piece onto the front cuff piece and the other onto the back piece, leaving at least 1/8” gap from the edges.

Choose a stencil template of your choice. I used a couple of different methods to create my templates. Here I used the Fiskars XL tree lever punch and drew the lines onto the back of my felt, with the Velcro facing down. These lines will not be visible so you can use a marker.

Punching-shape

Next, pin 2 layers of co-ordinating felt onto the front of your cuff, covering the area that is taken up by the stencil you have drawn. You will still be able to see the lines you drew on the back of your cuff.

Carefully, stitch along the lines you drew.

Sewn-stencil

Once you have sewn along your stencil lines, flip the cuff over and carefully begin to cut away at the first layer of felt. A small, sharp pair of scissors is essential to get into all those tiny spaces. I used my Fiskars Microtip scissors No. 5.

Cutting-felt1

Next, snip away at the second layer slightly away from the edge of the first layer, so that you can see both colors outlined.

Cutting-felt2

To finish your cuff, pin the back of the cuff to the front and top stitch all the way around. Felt is very forgiving and will not fray, so you can leave the edges raw. Over time, they will fuzz slightly and will look beautifully and casually worn in.

To make my word cuffs, I typed and printed out my word and used my Fiskars Fingertip Swivel Detail knife to cut out the template.

Cutting-stencil

If you are using words or letters, you must remember to reverse the template when you draw it onto the back of your cuff.

Reverse-wording

To make my letter initial cuff, I used my Fiskars uppercase letter template and traced the letter onto paper before cutting out and stenciling it onto the felt.

Fiskars-letter-stencil

Supply List

Small pieces of felt (preferably wool felt) in co-ordinating colors
Thread
Sewing machine
1 sheet of paper
MarkerCut 2 pieces of different colored felt 8.5” x 2”. You can make these longer for larger wrists or wider to accommodate bigger designs.
Taper the ends of both piece of felt so that they will fit the wearer comfortably. I used my Fiskars 45mm loop handle rotary cutter and cutting mat to measure accurately. Taper each end to 1”, starting 2.5” from the end.