So I was wandering aimlessly around Pinterest the other day when I came across a pin showing a cuff-style bracelet made from a baseball. Now it just so happens that my son plays baseball and I found the cutest baseball necklace to wear to his games at a local scrapbook store, so I decided I absolutely needed a baseball cuff bracelet!
I figured they would be difficult to make so I immediately went to Etsy to look for one to buy. I didn’t find any that I liked so I decided I would try to make my own. What I discovered is that the hardest part is deciding how to decorate it.
It really is easy, just follow these steps and then it is up to you to decide how to decorate it.
Purchase a baseball or two. If you want an antique look you can purchase an older one, or simply take one from the kids. Each ball will make two cuffs.
I used my seam ripper to rip out one of the seams all the way around the ball. Once you get one ripped out the other simply comes out as well. I went ahead and removed all the old threading, keep a trash can handy for this process. Peel both pieces off the ball and then you can give the inside to the kids to show what’s inside a baseball, or throw it away. (I got carried away and didn’t take a picture of this step after I separated the two. I was just too excited.)
I had some red embroidery floss in my scrapbook cabinet and pulled it out to use. You can buy it at any craft store and it is super cheap.
On my first one I used a needle and the floss and simply wrapped it around and through the holes.
On the second one I sewed in and out of the holes to give it a stitched look. I just did this by hand with a larger needle that could accommodate the thickness of the embroidery floss.
Other ideas to try for stitching:
- Bakers twine (will want to get a good quality because the cheap stuff I had kept shriveling up)
- Really thin ribbon, make sure to burn the edges so it doesn’t unravel.
- Thin plastic ribbon that kids use for crafts (I really like this and will probably use it on a future one, not sure what it is called though.)
- You could skip the stitching and hot glue pearls, sequins, ribbon or anything fun around the edge.
Add your clasps. I used a pony tail holder and a button. Simply sew them into two of the end holes. For the pony tail holder I made sure the loop that was being used was small enough that the button wouldn’t slip through. I also made sure to sew through the pony tail holder a few times to stabilize it so it wouldn’t slip through the threads. I used a baseball hat button for one cuff and a baseball glove button for another. I found my buttons at JoAnn’s Fabrics.
Here is an image of what the underside will look like at this point.
This is the most difficult part…deciding what to use for decorating your cuff. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a bunch of stuff. I had also ordered some Baseball Star Bottle Cap Images from Scrapbook.com. These bottle cap images are meant to be used inside the decorative bottle caps. You simply punch them out to the size you want (1″ for this project), glue it into the inside bottom of the cap, then add a 1″ epoxy sticker to the top.
Here are some of the items I purchased.
Once you have chosen your products you will have to decide how best to adhere them to your cuffs. Many of my items were self-adhesive so I just had to stick them on. I used super glue for the items that weren’t self-adhesive. For the brads I was able to punch a hole in the leather with a regular hole punch. For the large baseball in the middle of my blingy cuff I actually stuck it to paper first. It didn’t cover the entire cuff and I didn’t want other things to get stuck to it. I simply stuck it to paper, cut a around the baseball and then used super glue to stick it to the cuff.
Here are my almost finished cuffs.
The reason I say almost finished is because there is a Step 7 that I just haven’t completed yet.
Purchase felt in your preferred color. Lay your cuff flat on the felt and draw an outline around the cuff. Remove the cuff from the felt and cut inside the line you have drawn on your felt. You can cut as far in as you want if you plan to have some of the threading show on the underside. Then super glue the felt to the inside of your cuff and make sure all your threads are covered and that the glue is all around the edge. This will make the cuff more comfortable to wear and will also help in the prevention of thread fraying.
Good luck and I hope this helps you. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.
Happy baseball season to all!