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.


  1. Love it! It makes me think I'll make one for my husband. Well, for his bag. I doubt I could ever get him to wear a cuff...

  2. Those buns are so cute! I'm all about the cuffs and belts. My kids will LOVE it!

  3. So fun!! My boys would love these. I might be heading to JoAnns

  4. So cute! What a cute little waist. I love how you can make this totally personalized. Names, drawings...anything! I think even my older girls would like these!

  5. I LOVE the pac man theme! Great job Cheri. I really want a pac man belt for my little guys now. We'll have to play pac man with them at the arcade first though so they can get into it. :)

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  7. I love the belt and cuff idea! The only problem is that I will have to remember this for when my little guy is actually big enough to wear them. Thanks for all your awesome posts.

  8. Grappig, ik ben zot van Pacman, heerlijk te laten inspireren en toevallig heb ik er 12 november ook rond gewerkt.

  9. So! Cute!

    What a sweet little idea, and I love that it's made with the scraps from the belt :)

    Two bat man belts for my boys coming right up!

    What kind of jeans is Rex wearing? They sure are cute!

  10. I saw this on pinterest and immediately thought of you! I enjoy being a follower of yours!

  11. These are really fun! And I'm glad to know I can get that strap fabric at Hobby Lobby, I'm gonna need some for an upcoming Christmas gift project!

  12. Chole- The jeans are from Target. They still have them there too. THey were in the little boys section (like sizes 4-12).


  13. These are so much fun. I have featured them here:


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