Bow Cuff Bracelet from a Purse

Happy Monday! I tell ya, these Mondays sure come quick, don’t they?Well, I don’t know about you, but I have waaay too many old handbags just laying around. I love cute bags! They *magically* find rides home with me from the store. haha.

So I was going through my collection of purses and bags to see which ones I could donate or revamp…..and instead, made this bow cuff….

Upcycled Cuff Bracelet

bow cuff bracelet

one of my bags {i’ll show you in a second} had a large “knot” on it that had gotten bent and the knot always seemed like it was too big for the bag or something.

basically, it bugged me.

so instead of donating it to the thrift store, I decided to see if I could take apart the knot and create something fun with it.

bow bracelet

hello, gorgeous bow cuff. umm, LOVE it!!

upcycled cuff

Very simple, but the color is rad. oh, and bows are pretty trendy, so this kinda rocks my world. ha!

How to Make a Bow Cuff Bracelet

upcycled purse craft

  1. This is the knot on the bag. I don’t know why, but the knot always bugged me. So off it came!
  2. I used a seam ripper to detach it from the bag. the piece was about 18 inches long. so plenty of length to work with.
  3. I cut off an 8″ piece, keeping one side that was already finished. bow cuff
  4. I folded over about 1/4″ on the side where I cut and sewed across it to finish the edge. {luckily i had thread that matched the color!}
  5. Then in the middle, I made 2 pleats {think the shape of an M} 
  6. And stitched across to hold in place. {I had to help feed the material through a little because of the plasticy material}DIY bow cuff
  7. With the extra length, I cut a piece to 3″ long by 1.25″ side. Folded over the edges about 1/4″ and sewed in place.
  8. I then wrapped it around the center.
  9. Put some E6000 on it and then a clip to hold it in place and let it dry.
  10. {forgot to take a pic. sorry} I sewed a small rectangle of velcro on the 2 ends of the cuff. You could use a snap or two instead.

simple cuffSuper easy and simple. But so stylin!

What do you think?

happy crafting! -linda

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 2

    Very cute cuff bracelet, looked very easy to make and I love the blue colour. Thank you for sharing.

    1. 2.1

      Thank you, Jane! It was easy and I totally love it. I’m so glad you stopped by and said hi!
      happy crafting,

  2. 3

    ADORABLE!! Great job, Linda! XO

  3. 4

    love upcycled projects! and this is too cute! thanks for sharing…have a Blessed day! 8)

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  5. 6

    Now THAT is crafty and some cute! I would have NEVER thought to do that…I gotta go dig through my closet and find some purses I can cut some stuff off of …LOL

    1. 6.1

      Thank you, Lauren!! Hope you find some fun purses to craft with in your stash ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  6. 8

    so cute, Linda! Love that you reused an old bag-smart!

  7. 9

    Looks lovely. Great idea! Do you need to change to a stronger needle when you sewed on the velcro?

    1. 9.1

      Hi Agy,
      I used my regular needle and did fine. But that would probably be a good idea!! Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  8. 11

    Going to check my few hand bags. a couple Im going to add too & 2 recycle . Thanks hun !

    1. 12.1

      Thanks Kate!! If I find one, I’ll be sure to send it your way ;) Thanks for stopping by today!
      happy crafting,