Pretty Ribbon and Leather Bracelets

Ribbon Cuff Bracelets

I have a fun new bracelet tutorial for you today! These pretty ribbon and leather bracelets go together really quickly – and you can make them in lots of fun combinations of beads, ribbon and zippers!

The gorgeous ribbons are from The Ribbon Retreat. I’ve been dying to do a project with them for a while – especially the Amy Butler and Ana Maria Horner lines. I just knew they’d be perfect for jewelry – well, they’re pretty perfect for anything. But the colors and designs make up great bracelets!

Ribbon Bracelet DIY

ribbon and bead bracelets

Ready for the tutorial?

You’ll need for each bracelet:

  • 9″ of ribbon
  • Zipper trim (two 8″ pieces)
  • Leather piece – 8 1/4″ x width of ribbon
  • beaded gem
  • fusible tape
  • glue
  • snap set

Begin by cutting out your leather and zipper pieces. You’ll want the zipper pieces just a little shorter than the leather piece. I cut my leather 8 1/4″ x 1″ for this bracelet.

leather and zippers for bracelet

Cut two lengths of fusible tape just a little shorter than the zipper pieces. Lay a piece of fusible web on the wrong side of the leather. Lay the zipper pieces over this and press down lightly.

zipper accents

Cut another piece of fusible tape and lay over the zipper pieces. Cut your ribbon about 9″. Lay it over the fusible tape and fold the ends under to hide the raw edges. Press lightly again.
This will help hold the ribbon and leather in place while you sew.

fusing ribbon to leather

Using a leather needle on your machine, sew the cuff together all the way around, just inside the leather edge. I found that the piece went through the machine much easier with the leather facing up.

ribbon and leather cuff

Add your snap pieces to each end of the cuff, according to the snap instructions.

snaps for bracelet

Now glue on your little beaded gem in the center of the bracelet. I used E-6000. Allow to dry at least 12 hours – 24 is better, and place something heavy on the gem to hold it tightly to the cuff. You want that gem glued on as tightly as possible before you start curving the cuff to wear it.

gluing on bead

And that’s all there is to it! You can make these up in fun color combinations! With the narrower ribbon you’ll want to cut your leather piece to fit the width, and also trim the zipper tape so that it doesn’t overlap. So fun.

Ribbon Bracelets DIY

Ribbon and Leather Cuffs

Ribbon and Zipper cuffs

I hope you like them!

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  • Reply August 12, 2013


    I love these Bev, brilliant to use the zipper trim, so fun!

  • Reply August 12, 2013


    I love the way this bracelet turned out and it seems fairly easy to make!

  • Reply August 12, 2013

    carolyn ~ homework

    Gorgeous! These are so unique Bev! I just love them.

  • Reply August 12, 2013

    Regina Partain

    Bev I love these. And they look so easy to make. Gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply August 12, 2013

    Waco Bayless

    I love these! You always come up with the most awesome jewelry tutorials!

  • Reply August 13, 2013


    These are brilliant! I think you have out “Anthropologied” Anthropologie… they are probably visiting your blog for jewelry ideas now!

  • Reply August 13, 2013

    Regina Partain

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  • This is too cool! I found you via Regina At the Lake and I’m glad I did. I love making unique fairly easy creative jewelry :)

  • Reply August 13, 2013


    Ohhh c’est vraiment superbe, je retiens l’idée pour les morceaux de fermeture éclair que je n’utilise pas ! Bonne journée…

  • Oh, Bev, these are SO cute! I am loving those ribbon designs. And these bracelets are so on trend right now!

  • Reply August 14, 2013


    Oh my gosh!!! LOVE these!!! They are so cute!!! Love that you used so much color in them. Pinning this! I need to make me some. :)

    I’d love it if you would share this at my “That’s My Style” Link party this Friday!

  • Reply August 17, 2013


    Oh Bev, these are gorgeous bracelets! Looks so professional!

  • Reply August 18, 2013


    I love these bracelets, and easy to make too! :-)

  • Reply August 18, 2013

    Creative Mind

    great :)

  • Totally look like something I’d see in Anthropologie! Pinning these most definitely! Love these Bev!

  • Reply August 22, 2013


    Hello, i love, j’en ai réalisé un ici >> Merci beaucoup Amie’lie

  • Reply November 17, 2013


    Aunts, nieces, and grandma do a craft together when the family gets together for Thanksgiving. I’ve been looking for a while for this year’s project, and I’ve found it. This is perfect! Thank you.

  • Reply November 18, 2013


    Where do you find the leather ribbon? Or what’s it called? I can’t find it when searching. Thank you.

    • November 18, 2013


      Shelley the leather was cut from a leather scrap I have, I didn’t buy it from The Ribbon Retreat. You can find leather scraps online at several stores and at Etsy and Ebay too. Hope that helps!

  • Reply January 24, 2014


    Another super and unique tutorial, Bev! Love it! Will send you some link love from my blog again! Pearl

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