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Fringed Turquoise Leather Bracelet


About this design:

I just fell in love with these Czech glass buttons. Typically I am drawn towards handmade metal buttons and I still do love them, but these Czech glass ones offer such beautiful colors and textures that I immediately new they were keepers. The great thing about these buttons is that they work really well with leather and other cords. Using the 12 ply Irish waxed linen, I was able to stitch the buttons right onto the TierraCast leather strap. I can't wait to have time to make another wrap bracelet using these buttons!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 Czech glass buttons 15mm-18mm
  • 1 10"x1/2" leather strap
  • leather hole punch (I used my rotary punch)
  • a few beads for added embellishment
  • 3' length of 12 ply Irish waxed linen
  • 2 x 6" lengths of 12 ply Irish waxed linen
  • 1' length of 3 ply-7 ply Irish waxed linen
  • 1/2 strand of pebble drops gemstone (rice droplets would also be really nice)

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay out your supplies.
Step 2:
String 6"-7" of drops (depending on length of your bracelet) onto 3 ply, 4 ply or 7 ply Irish waxed linen.
Step 3:
Lay out the Czech glass buttons at the end of the leather strap. Mark their width on the back of the leather.
Step 4:
Cut a slit for each button hole based on your markings.
Step 5:
Make sure your buttons fit through their holes.
Step 6:
Punch holes along bottom of the leather strap under the button holes and across the leather strap, up to where the buttons will be.
Step 7:
Use your 12 ply Irish waxed linen to attach the strand of pebble drops using a running stitch through the holes punched in the leather.
Step 8:
After stiching on the strand of drops, finish off with a few more stitches using both strands of Irish waxed linen.
Step 9:
Once again, lay out the Czech glass buttons, but this time where they need to be stitched on.
Step 10:
Take the 6" length of 12 ply Irish waxed linen, double over, and string through the shank loop.
Step 11:
To stitch the buttons to the bracelet, punch 2 additional holes next to each slit you cut for the button shanks. After the holes are punched, stitch on the buttons. Knot a few times on the back to secure.

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  1. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    Gorgeous, as always. You are so talented. I can see you love to work with leather and ‘natural’ colors.

  2. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    What a cool idea! I love it! I can see a whole bracelet with all different buttons on it in my future! Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  3. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Awesome idea….those buttons are gorgeous!

  4. Laud
    Laud says:

    Beautiful!

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    Loving it,last weekend made a few pieces that will be perfect for this type of a bracelet, thanks for the inspiration :D

  6. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Cool design.

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    You have THE COOLEST ideas on the planet!!! :-D

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    What a fantastic idea. Love the buttons, the style and the turquoise fringe. :)

  9. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    I’m in love! I have a length of leather and I had no clue what to do with it! And now I’m going to have to order more leather and those buttons because I really want a fringe bracelet and just can not wait for the buttons to come in LOL! Thank you for the fabulous ideas Ali! Beautiful work as always! ~Cin

  10. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! I just wore this one out with the kids, it’s so easy to pair with other jewelry :)

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