The Zipper Cuff
Here is what you need
- Cardboard roll- I used a paper towel roll
- 4 zippers, in coordinating colors- they need to be a few inches longer than it takes to go around your wrist
- Ribbon- I used two colors but you could use one, use colors that go with your zippers
- Hot glue
- Elmer's glue
Here is what I did-
2. My cuff didn't quite go all the way around my wrist so I added a bit of extra cardboard the same width to make is a bit bigger. I glued on the extra with regular Elmer's glue.
4.Remember you have a lot of laundry to do, and go throw it in the washer. This step is optional...
5. Set your zipper design. I decided I wanted to do stripes with the pink and teal zippers I was sent from Heather. The pattern certainly doesn't have to be symmetrical like mine, it could be totally random. I set the pattern out on the floor, with the zipper part facing out and set my cuff base on top to check out the fit.
6. Next I glued a strip of yellow grosgrain ribbon down the middle. I would not do it this way again. In the end it looks better to have the ribbon down the middle cover your zipper sides, not the other way around.
7. Now I started gluing. Working from the outside in, glue the zippers down in the pattern you chose.
As you begin to layer the zippers you might notice that the fabric sides are bubbling up a bit.
As you glue press firmly down and slide your finger to even out the zippers.
You can also add a tiny amount of glue to keep everything flat.
7. Go put your laundry in the dryer. Again this step is optional
8. Once you have all the zippers layered, add the ribbon over of the middle. Also trim the ends of the zippers and the ribbon to be flush with the edges of the cuff.
9. To finish the raw edges, I encased the edges with white ribbon. To do so, I put a line of hot glue on the very edge on the zipper side and placed the ribbon edge on it. Then I put a glue line down the inside of the cuff and folded the ribbon over and pressed the other edge of the ribbon into the glue.
10. Trim the edges of the white ribbon and burn quickly to seal them. Be careful not to catch the rest of your project on fire. Wait, I think you probably had figured out that you shouldn't burn up your bracelet...
11. Now depending on your cuff base, and how large you made it you could have a slight problem. The weight of the zippers and glue was causing my cuff to uncuff. As in it was getting less circly. So I glued a part of a rubber band to keep the cuff together.
12. Unveil you finished product to all your friends!!