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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!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Awesome idea….those buttons are gorgeous!

  4. Laud
    Laud says:


  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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    hikathi says:

    I made the Fringed Turquoise Leather Bracelet.
    I found a few observations:
    1. The “items needed” list are not the same items pictured in step one.
    2. There are no instructions on how to end the bracelet.
    3. When you click on “buy products below” there are items listed that are not in the ‘items needed’ list.
    4. There are “items needed” listed that are not shown on the products to buy.

  12. S KatollakaSue
    S KatollakaSue says:

    Really cool idea, and great instructions!

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