November 15, 2011

Little Man Cuffs (take two)

Yesterday after I made these belts I had some extra belt fabric left, so I decided it was time for another round of little man cuffs.  I made some a long time ago HERE, but that was when I used an old belt.  At that time I didn't even know you could just buy the belt stuff.  (I found it at Hobby Lobby for $1.20 a yard.)  Anyhow, I had some left and so I decided to make cuffs in the same way I made yesterday's belts.  Here they are.

I measured my boys' wrists (not super tight) and added an inch.  I zigzag-stitched both ends to eliminate fraying and then sewed on a little velcro to each end.  One square of velcro goes on the top side and one goes on the bottom side to they will attach when you loop the cuff.  (In the last set of cuffs I used snaps, but velcro makes is really easy for little guys to get them on and off.)

Then I cut some freezer paper stencils.  For an in depth tutorial on freezer paper stenciling you can find my video tutorial HERE.  I ironed on the stencil.

I didn't have the colors I wanted to use in regular fabric paint, so I tried something different than normal.  I used the 3D fabric paint.  (You know, the kind that you squeeze out of the bottle.  They used to call it puffy paint.)  I squirted it out as I moved the nozzle back and forth quickly (as if I were coloring something in with a marker).  I removed the stencil really carefully while it was still wet.  You'd think it wouldn't work, but the paint is pretty thick so it doesn't bleed.  It worked well and it gives the images a fun 3-D look.

And this batch of cuffs went to my cute nephews.

For the Pacman cuff I added the dots and eyes without stencils.  I just squeezed out a little paint, which formed a circle.  I used a Sharpie to color the black dot in the eye.

I liked the Pacman theme so much I made another belt for Rex.  You can find the belt tutorial HERE.  I love seeing it on his tiny waist.

And there you have it - inexpensive, personalized, and fun.  Thanks for reading.


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