How to Cover a Cuff Bracelet in Ultra Suede and Add a Decorative Edge

How to Cover a Cuff Bracelet in Ultra Suede and Add a Decorative Edge

Hi this is Julie with and today I want to show you How to Cover a Cuff Bracelet in Ultra Suede and do a Decorative Beaded Edge
around the outside to give it finished polished look These cuff bracelets are great, they’re very
sturdy, you can bend them a little bit what I want you to do before you start this
project is try it on your wrist and bend it to the shape and size that you want you will be able to bend it still after we
do this but it is better to just start off by bending it take this lovely suede and cover the bracelet first see if there’s a right and wrong with the
suede, on this one you can tell that there is I’m going to choose the lighter color
side to be on the outside it’s a little fuzzier now if you’re not going to do any type
of stitching on the top side like a decorative bead embroidery stitch or something like
this where I am going to stitch on a decorative focal
point and this is what you’re gonna do if you
just want to cover the bracelet like this with suede paper at the very end I’m going
to go back and show you how you can do something like this where you do some
stitching ahead of time on the top side so to begin you’re just going to guessitmate how much we’re going to need so take the edge of your cuff start it here carefully walk it down to the other side and then cut yourself about a half
inch beyond where you feel you need it I wanna make sure I have about a half
inches on either side of the edges here of this cuff bracelet and so I’m
going to rough cut it down and here’s a little tip, you
can go ahead and fold this in half once you make your first cut so that you can have a nice even cut or at least somewhat even, we’re going to trim them up so I don’t worry too much about how perfect this looks here we go and I’m going to glue this to the inside at
first, so I’ve got some crafters pick glue you can just open up the cap and squeeze some on your finger your going to want quite a bit. You can use a piece of wire or a
toothpick as a applicator I like to use my fingers. If you’ve
seen me do other videos you’ll realize that’s a little quicker for me get some glue and I’m going to put it directly onto the
brass coat the entire underside I don’t want so much that it’s gonna squish out the edges when I attach my
suede I want it to go all the way to the edge and I want it to be enough on there to adhere my suede that looks good to me okay, make sure that I have the right
side facing me. One side is a little
darker on this particular one and I’m just going to put that in there to the well and just press into place this is why you want to cut extra
because you don’t have to worry that you’re cutting it too close you want to be able to generously just put the
glue on the back side and then put the suede on top so I’m going to clean my finger off and
I’m gonna let this dry and then I’m going to trim it after you’ve left this dry for about twenty minutes go ahead and trim it to do that just take your scissors cut about a sixteenth of an inch from the edge of the brass and I actually have found that sometimes
easier to go from a different angle depending if you’re right
or left handed feel free to move your piece around whatever works best for you but try
to keep the width that you’re creating along the edge equal, so all the way around your entire
bangle you want to keep that same amount of space it doesn’t have to be exactly sixteenth of an
inch an eighth of an inch whatever you like but be consistent if you end up with a little notch like
that just trim it off go ahead and inspect the piece, make sure that there’s no notches or rough edges now do the topside For the topside cut another piece
which I can tell is already going to be plenty big If you don’t want to use up so much suede you
can go ahead and be a little bit more precise. I just like to air on the side of
caution, makes it a little bit easier for me so to do this one do the same thing, take some
glue, use my finger again you can use a toothpick or whatever you like I’ve always used my fingers I’m going to put it on the brass I’m going to be a little bit more careful this
time because I don’t want to get any onto the suede which has already been applied hold it like this, sometimes makes it a little bit easier see how I’m grabbing it I’m going to find which is the
right side, I can see this one here is a little bit more texture to it. It’s a little bit
greener and I’m going to lay it on top and smooth it out flip it over take my fingers and just press it into place make sure there’s no gaps or air bubbles
and I’m gonna let this side dry for about twenty minutes before I trim it up the same way I trimmed the other one so you how to do that as soon this is dry it’s been twenty minutes, trim
this side and the way they do this is you’re going to follow the edge line of the
first piece of suede see how this looks like, in between the two pieces of Suede we have the brass cuff sandwiched there. You can tell there is a nice lip so that it will make it so that we can stitch into it. If we cut up against the brass cuff we have no place for our needle and thread
to go keep trimming this just following the line of the first
piece of suede go ahead and inspect your piece again
make sure nothing stands out as being too jagged or off if there is anything just trim it off and now we’re ready to go ahead and
stitch a decorative edge along the outside perimeter to make this
look finished and that’s what we did here I did a basic beaded edge. I’ll
show you have to do that now we have a couple other videos from showing you how
to bead embroider a basic beaded edge and how to bead embroider a pico edge and either one of those
edges will work with a bracelet like this I’m going to show you both going to go ahead and put out some 11/0 seed beads I’m not going to tie a knot on the end, you’re
probably going to have to stop the thread at some point and thread a new
piece, I’m personally not comfortable with working
with more than about six feet of thread at a time and it took me about two lengths of six
feet of thread to finish this larger one So to begin I don’t have a knot tied at
the end I’m going to pick up a single bead onto my needle and then I’m gonna start at any
place along the edge of my cuff but not in a curve. A curve is gonna be harder to create a nice fluid finish to the piece.
Start about a half an inch in on the side and going from what is the topside to the backside and then go through both
pieces of suede pull my needle and thread through and then I want to leave a tail of at
least six inches because at the very end I’m to go
back and thread another needle on this to finish off the piece go back up through that bead I just strung if you can hold your tail that does help a bit and pull down now you can use a green thread for this
if you don’t the threads to show or you can do what I’m doing here for the video
where I’m using a black thread so you can see what’s happening to continue along pick
up another bead go from the top side to the back side pull through and then go back up through the bead you just strung you want these to rest along the top of the
edge so help them along once you get a few on here they’re going to stay
in place in the beginning since we don’t have a
knot we need to guide to thread and the beads a little bit go through both layers and going from the top side to the back side pull through and go back up through the bead we just strung and pull here is a basic beaded edge and
that’s what I’ve done here if you want to do a pico edge very easy to modify this so instead of just stringing one bead,
string two and alternate the color here a little bit so I’m gonna put on this nice olive
green and pink tone bead and then another one of my darker
beads and with those two beads on the needle
go the same method through the top side through the back go both layers of the suede pull through now I’m not going to go back through
both beads go back through the last bead which is the darker bead if your thread does this which my tends
to do especially in the beginning when I have a lot I’m working on just kind of work it out most times it’s not actually a knot, it
just gets a little bit tangled we’ve trapped that little lighter
colored bead up top it’s going to create a little ruffled edge. I’m going to show you that one again take two beads and a lighter colored and darker colored through both layers and then go up through the last bead we strung which is the
darker colored one seed bead and one more time and then you’re
gonna be on your own to bead along the entire edge so I’ll show you this looks like from
the back you see I’m stitching and this is what it looks like from the
front and as you go you can choose if you create a decorative look you could create rather wide stitches as far down as you can
go to reach the cuff or in this one here it’s a very shallow
little stitches you can’t even really see thread Go ahead finish beading all the way around the cuff and
then I’m show you how to finish this off almost finished beading all the way
around and I decided to go with pico edge for this particular project. So
I want to add my few last beads so you can see what I’m doing so I’m going to pick up the two beads this is the same process I have been doing
all the way along going from the front to the back going through all the layers and pulling and go back up through the last bead and we get to this very last bead that
your adding, you’ll have to decide if you really do you have room to add a bead or you
just pull the threads tight enough but with the
previous bead gets pulled a little bit closer to the
first set of beads you strung as you’re working you’ll be able to gage that better so I’ve completed the entire circumference and now I need to add
one more little bead for my pico edge so I’m actually going good then down through what was the very first bead
I strung. I got the tail holding back here, this is where the
tail we originally started with go down through it and pull. I was actually surprised I was able
to get all my bead work done with my six feet of string which was a nice pleasant surprise. So now
that I got this down here I’m going to put my needle off my thread and I’m going to thread it back onto my
tail, remember I said we needed to leave enough of a tail to put the needle back on it and that’s what I’m doing here I’m going to do is go through that last pico
edge bead and pull and then go down through the darker bead next to it and now you can see that my threads are
side by side so what I’m gonna do is I’m going to, you can leave the needle on or
you can take it off because you still going to work with it tie a simple knot tie a surgeons knot over under over under and pull creates a nice, neat little knotted beadwork now I’m going to take my needle with
the thread and weave my existing thread up into the beadwork a little bit just trace it along what I’ve already beaded and we’ve done that a few times you can go ahead and take your thread zapper and just zap off that thread go ahead put your needle back on the other tail
end and do the exact same thing and weave it into you’re work. So I want to show you a sample of a before and after this was the original brass cuff that we
started with and here’s the finished one. You can see we actually added quite a bit of width to the bangle itself and then this does just slide on the
wrist very nicely still In the beginning I said I’d show you
how you can go ahead and do some stitching on the top side and still use this technique so all you need to do if you want to do
something like that is cut your piece like remember how we rough cut it then on the back side
before you do any stitching you’re going to take your brass cuff and use it as a template and
I just actually took a pen I drew a line around it and then I
walked it down at even intervals and just made little notch
marks just to see where this was going lay and I did that all the way and then I
actually measured myself a center point as well and then I was able to see where I was
going to stitch on any type of embellishment and this
little one here I just stitched it you can see I stitched it directly onto the suede and down through and then what I would do is I would then tie this off and then when I glued my brass cuff I would make sure that I glued it
within the lines that I started with so that’s all you need to do if you’re going to
do any type of stitching that’s one way of doing it. There are several
different ways out there but that’s one way I find to be really very easy to
make sure that your beadwork lays where you want it to lay so that’s how you cover a Cuff Bracelet in Ultra Suede and Add a Decorative Edge


  1. The scissors that we use in our videos are Fiskars. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  2. Great question. In the video I was just showing two different types of edges and it was easier to not stop, tie off my thread, and start a new one – therefore I just continued with the picot right after the basic. Normally however, you would start with just two beads. Here is a complete video just on making the picot edge: "How to Bead Embroider a Picot Edge"

  3. I live watching these videos. I was never taught any of this stuff as a child but now im as mother and want to do decorate and make things of my own. Ur like the artsy, jewelry, crafty fairy godmother !

  4. I have a piece of leather that I have attached a round cabochon with beaded edge. When I place the leather on the brass cuff the cabochon does not lay flat. How do you get yours to lay flat? Does it have to do with the number of rows of beading around the cabochon or will it lay flat once glued?

  5. A couple factors come into play with a project such as this. If the cabochon is extremely large, then no matter how many rows of beading you do around it, it will still not lay flat – the flat back surface is just too large. In general though, for a regular size cabochon (relative to the size of the cuff), the more rows of beading you do around the cabochon, the easier it will be to get it to lay flat. That beading is flexible and can curve around the cuff when glued.

  6. You can cut both layers at once but I found that my scissors tend to slip a little when cutting through two layers of ultra-suede. Cutting one layer at a time afforded me a cleaner cut.

  7. Hi Julie, I was wondering if you could do a video on how to attach an already beaded cabochon to the Ultra Suede. I've seen cuff where they just have the focal cab beaded and the rest of the cuff is just the Ultra Suede. I hope you can understand what I an talking about. lol. Thanks and I love all your videos.

  8. Hi! I am so glad you like the videos! I can add your request to our video request list, we try to get to as many of them as we can, but unfortunately can not promise that we will be able to. I think I understand what you are trying to do and you should be able to literally stitch you beaded cabochon onto the ultra suede – just make sure that your stitches are small and discreet.

  9. If I am not understanding what you are asking, please shoot me back another question and I will see if I can figure it out. Take Care, Julie

  10. I'm just repeating what everyone has said, but I love this and excellent visual and verbal instructions! I can't wait to try this myself!

  11. I was wondering ..could you attach a flat backed stone to this metal cuff bracelet?  Or do you have a better suggestion for making stone bracelets ?  Any help would be appreciated.

  12. Love this. I want to cover the whole cuff with a seed bead design I made. I can't find and tutorials anywhere to show me how to do that. I don't know if I can stitch the bracelet on that I've already made or if I have to stitch each seed bead individually onto the suede that going to glue to the cuff. Any advise?

  13. Very interesting! I would like to put a loom beaded bracelet on it. Does anybody know if I have to sew it to the suede and then glue it to the brass, or I have to glue it on the suede? Thank you!

  14. What if i wanted to bead rhinestones? Would that be possible? i am new at this therefore i want to purchase the correct item to complete my project!!
    Great Job! It has been a lot since shopping on your site!!

  15. Hi Julie, great instructions as always 👍 I LUV your tutorials!
    I have a project/video request that maybe u could add to your tutorial list. I've been wanting to learn how to attach a peyote Bracelet to a metal cuff. I was reading through the other comments/questions to see if I could find any help.. So I'm curious, do you have to sew your peyote bracelet to ultra suede or do you glue the bracelet to the cuff? Any tips would be GREATLY GREATLY APPRECIATE ☺ Thx a Bunch for sharing your Amazing knowledge & talent with the world! Your the Best~xx

  16. As I have spoilt my first cuff with a drop of glue, which was never to be removed any more, I decided to fix the upper part with a double side tape to the brass. That keeps it in shape until the stitches are done. At the end evrything is fine as yours 🙂

  17. Hi Julie, thanks for this tutorial. I used this technique and it turned out GREAT! You're a good instructor via video. I have been perusing different Native American styles of beaded bracelets and I have found some without any edges pieced together. I have searched every where to find out how they do this but to no avail. Can you advise or show how this technique is done?
    Thanks Much..GMM

  18. This is excellent. I've been doing freeform and sculptural beadwork for many years and have always been intimidated by trying to glue suede onto metal cuffs for fear that it would end up looking awful and crooked. This is SO EASY! I am a metalsmith and make my own cuffs so this tutorial is perfect. Your instructions are super clear and easy to follow. Thank you for making this available.

  19. Very pretty! I want to get some of these brass cuffs! This gives me lots of good ideas! I have some real deerskin to use. I've always wondered what the glue is that people use. That one you use looks like it really holds well and I like the fact that it doesn't bleed through the fabric.

  20. I'm so glad I found this tutorial with Sherry Serafini! I have the tools and now I can get to work on the cuff design I created.

  21. Thank you so much for this video! Can you please make a video showing how to sew a loomed seed bead piece to ultrasuede on a metal cuff? I have been trying to find a video but I am having no luck!

  22. Julie, you are EXCELLENT at teaching by showing us all step-by-step how to do something. This was a great video, and something I've wondering for a long time how to do! THANK YOU!

  23. Thank you for the tutorial. This looks lovely. Is there a material that I can use to wrap the bangle other than suede? I thought about felt, but I don't think it would hold up very well. I cant stand the feel of suede on my skin. Thanks. 🙂

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