In the Moment Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

In the Moment Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

Created by: Mollie Valente


Designer Tips

  • Customize the word blank:
  • Place the word blank on the steel block and create a dappled texture with the ball peen side of the chasing hammer.
  • Use the bracelet-bending pliers to curve the word band.
  • Apply Vintaj® Patina™ to the words and use a damp paper towel or baby wipe to remove the excess.
  • Finish the bracelet:
  • Use a ruler and hobby knife to cut the leather strip to length.
  • Measure and mark the leather strip for placement of the word blank holes (2mm) and closure holes (4.5mm).
  • Punch the holes.
  • Use waxed linen cord to attach the word band blank to the bracelet; stitch the blank in place and knot the cord on the back side. For ease, a large sewing needle can be used.
  • String the suede cord through one hole and then back out, so the cord tails are on the outside of the cuff.
  • String both cord ends through a large hole bead. Combine both cord ends and make an overhand knot approximately 2" from the cuff. Slide the bead to tighten or loosen the cuff.
  • Blog post: Customizing Tim Holtz idea-ology® Word Bands for a Handmade Look
  • Blog post: How to Make Leather Bracelets – Two Finishing Methods

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 pkg [use 1] #55-000-29 Tim Holtz idea-ology®, Word Bands
  • 1 each #86-420-995 Ranger Patina Kit, Vintaj - Weathered Copper
  • 1 each [use 7-8"] #61-090-05-01 Leather Strip, 1/2" Wide - Natural
  • 1 spool [use 8"] #61-693-04 Suede Lace Cord, 3mm - White
  • 1 spool [use 8"] #61-427-02 Waxed Linen Cord, 5 ply, 25yd - Black


  • #69-271-03 Tool, Glitter, Chain-Nose Pliers
  • #69-271-05 Tool, Glitter, Semi-Flush Side Cutter
  • #69-138 Tool, Hammer, Chasing
  • #66-022 Tool, Hobby Knife
  • #69-306-P Tool, Pliers, Bracelet Bending, Nylon Jaw
  • #69-104 Tool, Rotary Leather Hole Punch
  • #69-125 Tool, Steel 4" Square Block

Additional Supplies

  • Large hole metal bead (similar to Tierracast large hole beads)
  • Paint brush
  • Paper towels or baby wipes
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Extra fine point Sharpie (or other permanent marker)
Jan 1st 2021 Mollie Valente

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