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Plastic Bottle Cuff Tutorial
I do not condone the purchase of bottled water, but if you can find a used plastic bottle (there are plenty found littered), this is a tutorial to show you how to reuse a plastic bottle to make a pretty bracelet cuffs.

Posted by erica@recycledfashion from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See erica@recycledfashion's 8 projects »
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  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies. Make sure your empty bottle is clean and dry. You can use any type of fabric you desire, little pieces of leftover fabric is great to use for this project. For your embellishments you can use buttons, lace, doilies, sequins etc.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut into your plastic bottle with scissors to your desired cuff shape. Cut open a gap and curve each corner to avoid sharp bits. Worth noting that one plastic bottle can make three cuffs. This shape will be the base of your cuff.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 3
    Step 3

    Trace around your plastic cuff base onto your piece of felt, marking with chalk as you go. To do this, you will need to trace around one end, and slowly roll your plastic bottle base along the length of your felt.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 4
    Step 4

    This is what you will get

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut two

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use your glue gun and stick your two pieces of cut away felt on the front and back of your plastic bottle base

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut away excess felt

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now you will do the same tracing technique with your chosen fabric. This time you only need one piece of fabric, and make sure you cut around your traced shape leaving lots of excess fabric to wrap around the inside of the cuff (see next step before doing this)

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 9
    Step 9

    Wrap your fabric around the outside of the cuff, and sew in place on the inside, with a needle and thread, pull in tight as you sew. Start one end, and finish the other.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 10
    Step 10

    Your chosen color of thread doesn't matter as it will be covered.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 11
    Step 11

    Take your chosen embellishments, and play around with their positioning on your cuff until you are happy. I used a doily that I'd used from a previous craft project for my decoration.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 12
    Step 12

    Swap threads and use ‘invisible thread’ to sew your lace / doily / ribbon in place. You can actually sew right through the plastic with a sharp needle to secure in place. You could use your glue gun with heavier objects such as buttons if you wish.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 13
    Step 13

    To hide your sewing on the inside of the cuff, use felt to cover it. At this point I actually used an alternative, suitably matched felt, but you don’t have to. Trace your cuff onto felt using your chalk to get appropriate shape, and trim to size. Use your glue gun to stick to the inside of your cuff. If you have your own label, you can glue that to the inside too.

  • How to make a bottle cuff. Plastic Bottle Cuffs - Step 14
    Step 14

    You are done! Your cuff is ready to wear. Will anyone guess you are wearing a plastic bottle?

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erica@recycledfashion
erica@recycledfashion · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 8 projects
Thanks Penny!
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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
I absolutely love this DIY! I never would have thought of using a plastic bottle for this! Now I think I will have to try sometime! I have so much fabric that I am not entirely sure what to do with it all... This will help get my supply down some.. just need to get some plastic bottles now!
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