08 September 2011

Tutorial: Victorian Lace Cuff

Victorian? Well mid 1800's at the very least. Post-regency and pre-romantic? I don't know, I suppose lace cuffs existed through many points. At any rate, this is a basic, nearly no sew tutorial with a lot of leeway and possibility.

There is no right way to organize your lace and so forth so there's a lot of experimenting with your supplies. Speaking of which, here are some a general supply list!

  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Strip of felt or weighted fabric that will wrap around the wrist
  • Lace
  • Cord
  • Ribbon
  • Beads or charms
  • Bias tape
  • Snaps, buttons, or some other way to fasten the cuff

I only had one color of felt at home: grey. Not optimal. So I grabbed a bit of brown quilt weight cotton and glued it down to my felt strip. Problem solved. That in mind, here are a couple of tips: for your large band of base lace, make it coordinate with your base fabric. It's better to sew beads on than to glue them, but if you want to glue them, choose flatter beads. Also, for the lace and cord etc, I recommend checking out the home decor section of your local craft store! LOTS of gorgeous options.

Experiment with your layout a bit before gluing it down. I didn't even use everything I threw down on the table. Then start gluing! I used bias tape around the edge first. Use a mitered edge or whatever other technique seems simplest to you for the bindings corners. Keep in mind when you select a technique that you'll probably be gluing them down, not sewing them down. Brown and black lace came next! Then I used the golden ribbon and so forth. 

Tadah! Now, embellish further with your beads or charms.

 I decided to sew in some faux pearl beads! 

After this, I chose a method to fasten the cuff. Weapon of choice? My plastic snap pliers! (the kind you use with cloth diapers, etc.) If I'd had better forethought, I'd have covered my snaps with fabric first (far more attractive and pretty easy). Oh well, I intend on gluing down a pretty flat charm the moment I find one that coordinates well. 

Other methods? A button and a small piece of elastic or string to slip the button through? Metal snaps? Or perhaps an eyelet punch to weave it together with ribbon, like a corset? So many options!

The finished product! A little bit of lovely. :) Thanks for reading and I hope you try it out!


  1. So creative! We've come a LONG way since we made H.O.T arm warmers out of tube socks. LOL!

  2. So unique and beautiful! I love the way it turned out :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my new diy fashion linky party called DIY Diva Thursdays! We party until Monday, so you have plenty of time to stop by. Hope to see you! :)


  3. This is very pretty! Thank you for visiting my link party. :)


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