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Journey of Belle Bride Angela…. DIY Lace Cuff Tutorial

Bonjour

As I mentioned in my wedding update post, my mother designed and made her own wedding dress, she was an extremely creative lady!  It meant a lot to me to include an element of this into my wedding day, so I decided to use some of the lace to make my DIY wedding own vintage lace wedding cuff and today I thought I would share my DIY lace cuff tutorial.

Ok, so while I was looking for lace style items for my wedding I came across this image of a beautiful lace wedding cuff on ‘Pinterest’.

It’s actually available on Etsy.com Here’s the link:DIY Lace Cuff Tutorial Etsy Weddings

This got me thinking, so I researched some more and found some beautiful lace bridal cuffs including these:

lace bridal cuffKathleen Barry Jewelry

cystal and pearl bridal cuffA Goddess Devine

pearl bridal cuffKathleen Barry Jewelry

I‘d already chosen my dress, which has two different layers of lace on it and being a big fan of lace anyway it was going to feature heavily throughout my wedding theme. So when I saw these lace cuffs I knew I wanted one to wear at my wedding but unfortunately, these were way out of my price range.

Luckily for me, my Mom has collected lots of lace remnants over the years so I thought I’d have a go at making one for myself. I found some lace left over from when my Mom made her own wedding dress which was perfect for turning into a bracelet and I thought it would be a lovely acknowledgement to my Mom to be wearing something made from the lace off her wedding dress on my wedding day.

I bought some broken pearl necklaces and loose diamante stones on Ebay and gathered together the rest of the items I figured I’d need:

DIY Lace Cuff Tutorial wedding

Loose pearls
Loose gemstones
Lace (measured to fit my wrist)
Needle and cream thread
Gemstone glue
A fastener or clasp (I used the one off my broken pearl necklace)

Firstly, I needed to dye my lace. My wedding dress has ivory lace but the lace off my Moms dress was white so I made up some tea in a bowl (I used 1 teabag), waited for it to cool and then dipped the lace in a few seconds at a time until I felt it was the right colour.

Next I started to arrange the pearls loosely on top of the lace to get an idea of where I wanted them to go. When I was happy I picked up the needle and thread and started securely sewing the pearls in place.

When I’d finished with the pearls I sorted out my loose gemstones and again loosely placed them around till I was happy and then glued them with a gemstone glue. This means that you can still wash the lace and the stones won’t come off although I’d only recommend hand washing and even then, not that often!

I sewed a vintage clasp from a broken pearl necklace to close the bracelet, which I felt really added to the Vintage feel of it.

What I ended up with was this:lace wedding cuffsI was really pleased with the result. I’ve saved myself a fortune and can’t wait to wear it on my wedding day. I hope I’ve inspired someone else to try my DIY lace cuff tutorial and create their own vintage lace cuff.

Best Wishes

Angela – Belle Bride

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22 Comments

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  • thank you for this! i too found the same cuff on etsy and fell in love but way out of my price range! am so inspired to make my own! 🙂

  • Your cuff bracelet is gorgeous! Tip for those attempting this. After you lay out your pearls and think the placement is good, take a cell pic because, sure enough, you will be interrupted and forget where that ‘perfect’ placement was. Then when it is time for the gemstones, place them and take another pic to refer to. I’ve found that doing that was really helpful when creating something in my sewing room and I had settled on one of many placement options. Helps the ol’ brain!

  • This is going to make a perfect gift for my bridemaids!!!!!! perfect gift!!!!
    can’t wait to try these!!!!

  • /the tutorial was wonderful, the idea of taking picture as you go…great, this would be a lovely gift for anyone that like to get dolled up!

  • Thank you for sharing your idea! I absolutely love this idea and will also be employing my efforts towards such! I can only hope that my craftsmanship will be equal to yours and I end up with something even half so beautiful!

  • You did a wonderful job with lace and beads. Who knew. Fantastic idea and so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. It was a great inspiration and motivation for me to start with the cuffs and making head bands and barrettes. Thank you VERY much! Carol Ckine.