Baseball Cuff Bracelet

 

Baseball Cuff Bracelet
Baseball Cuff Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball season is here! Whether you are rooting for your Little Leaguer or attending a Cincinnati Reds professional game of your choice *wink*, show your love by wearing this delightful bracelet made out of a real baseball. This project is super easy and inexpensive. Each ball yields two bracelet cuffs. Let’s get our game on!

Supplies for Cuff Bracelet
Supplies for Cuff Bracelet

SUPPLIES NEEDED: (yields 2)

  •  1 Baseball
  • 2 (1/2″-5/8″) wide Cuff-style bracelet blanks (like these)        
  • 2 Jewelry focal pieces (bling), making sure it has holes or spaces for sewing onto cuff, or use a slip-through style belt buckle. Decorative slip-through buckles can be found in sewing sections of craft stores.
  • 3 yds.Cotton cord or embroidery thread for each bracelet.(like this)
  • 1 Square of red felt
  • Miscellaneous: large-eyed sewing needle, hot glue & hot glue gun, thread to match bling, rubbing alcohol,  X-Acto or craft knife (like this)

 

 

1)Begin by carefully cutting the stitches on your ball with your craft knife. The first couple of stitches are the most difficult. Be careful to not cut your leather (or your fingers). Go slowly, please! Continue cutting stitches all the way around the ball. This will yield two pieces. Pull off all loose threads.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut Threads With Craft Knife
Cut Threads With Craft Knife
Cut Stitches All the Way Around
Cut Stitches All the Way Around

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2)Let’s cut the lining. You will be making two. Take one of your ball pieces and lay it out flat on your red felt. Trace around the ball piece. Cut out 1/4″ inside of your drawn line. This should give you a fairly accurate lining piece, but you may have to trim off a little more as you are gluing later. Set the lining pieces aside for now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trace Ball Shape Onto Felt
Trace Ball Shape Onto Felt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Now, using an overcast stitch, sew those lovely stitches back around the ball piece, following the directional grooves left by the manufacturer’s original stitching. Hide end thread tails by sewing over the tail (beginning of stitching) or running needle under about 4 stitches (end of stitching). To achieve an overcast stitch, always stitch by coming up under your ball piece. Move to next hole by coming up under, under, under. Thread will naturally wrap around the edge.

 

 

 

 

Don't Use Knots, Secure Ends This Way
Don’t Use Knots, Secure Ends This Way

 

Stitch Around Ball Piece
Stitch Around Ball Piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)Time to sew the bling on! *Note*{ One of the ball pieces will have writing in the center. My Rawlings brand ball ink came off very easily with rubbing alcohol. I rubbed off the ink on the center but kept the writing that was on the ends because of the authentic look.}The focal piece I purchased had enough filigree for me to sew through the holes for anchoring onto leather cuff. I was also able to use the cuff’s pre-made holes as well. You may have to pierce the leather with a sharp object prior to sewing if needed. To secure ends of thread I used for the medallion, I smoothed the ends to the center of the ball and smeared with a little hot glue. I used a piece of cardboard to swoosh it smooth–we don’t want any lumps!

 

Sew the Bling on With Matching Sewing Thread
Sew the Bling on With Matching Sewing Thread

 

Finished Focal Piece
Finished Focal Piece

 

 

Secure Medallion End Threads
Secure Medallion End Threads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5)We are well on our way! Rev up your glue gun. With back side of cuff facing up, starting in the center, hot glue the bracelet blank to the leather, working your way up one side, then the other. Do small areas, pressing pieces together firmly. *Note* My bracelet blank was not labeled so I didn’t realize it was too long for my leather cuff. I had to trim off about 5/8″ on each end. This seemed a little daunting but I found it to be extremely easy with tin snips(like these), making sure to round off the edges. To ensure a good fit, measure your baseball piece and buy or order accordingly, if possible. My Rawlings Little League brand baseball piece was 7 1/8″ long.

Glue Bracelet Blank on the Back
Glue Bracelet Blank on the Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6)Next, using your hot glue gun, glue the felt lining piece onto the back of the cuff, starting at the center and moving to the each end as we did before. Please remember to do small areas at a time and press firmly so the glue spreads and you have no lumps to deal with. You are done!!

Glue Lining on in Small Sections
Glue Lining on in Small Sections
Finished Lining
Finished Lining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball Cuff Bracelet
Baseball Cuff Bracelet

These were a blast! I hope you can make your own.

Go Reds team!

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