I have jars of buttons all over my studio and I'm always brainstorming different unique ways to use them. I recently ordered some leather cuffs from Dharma Trading and thought the buttons would be a great way to embellish them.
These leather blank cuffs are a great base for a project since the hardware is already attached. The best part is they are really inexpensive and precut!
I used Angelus Leather Dye and Dye Reducer to dye the leather:
I mixed the leather dye and reducer in a small bowl:
Then I used a cloth to apply it to the the leather. Two coats worked perfectly:
I recommend using gloves when dyeing. I'm always too impatient, but I don't mind walking around town with discolored hands.
Once the leather was dry I took a sanding block to distress it. If you want it smooth and supple you can add wax or softener and buff it. I left mine plain because I wanted it slightly dry and distressed:
I sorted out a selection of buttons in a tan, brown and muted palette:
To apply the buttons I used an small 1/16" scrapbook hole punch, a sharp needle type tool, an embroidery needle and DMC thread:
I placed my first button on the cuff and used the sharp tool to mark where I needed to punch holes:
Using a skinny scrapbook punch I punched the small holes using my marks:
It's easiest to mark several buttons at once
and then move them off the cuff, but keeping them in the same order as you punch your holes:
It only took me about an hour to sew all of these buttons on and I love how eclectic and earthy the cuff turned out!
More leather cuff ideas to come soon!