Embroidered Dragon Cuff from Casa Crafty
I’m so excited about today’s tutorial from Kelley. I have a nephew who has been fascinated with reptiles since he was a toddler. In fact, one of the very first projects I shared on this blog (back when it was just pictures documenting my projects and no blah blah blah from me!) was a snake cuff I made for him. It was a simple little felt thing, but he wore it all the time, because boys like to accessorize, too!
Kelley’s Bearded Dragon Cuff on suede is so much hipper than my little felt snake. I think my nephew, now five years older and five years cooler, may need a new reptile cuff! And maybe I need one, too!
For my son’s birthday this year, he really wanted a lizard. We have a lot of critters already and I have a rule against any animal going to the restroom indoors. For example, there are no litter boxes inside, there are no little cages of mice. But, I thought, we could do a lizard. So we talked about it a lot and he agreed to forgo a giant Lego birthday money spending spree to get himself a lizard. Meet Dragonoid, the baby Bearded Dragon. (Don’t worry, he did end up getting enough from a yard sale to get a giant Lego building set) One of the things that strikes me most about our little dragon is the way he grips and wraps his tail around your hand to stay put. I thought, what a great piece of jewelry!! But, maybe sketched and 2D would be even better?
9″x9″ piece muslin or other fabric scrap of your choice
7″ x 7″ piece suede
removable ink fabric marker
embroidery floss: black, browns, yellows, your choice
snap and snap tool
optional: thimble, pushing a needle through suede can be hard on the fingers
1. Print and trace the sketch to the muslin using a fabric marker that has wash away or erasable ink. If you are tracing from a printed piece, use a window as a light box:
You could also use your computer monitor as a light box by taping your muslin to the screen and tracing that way.
2. With the suede underneath the muslin stretch the two pieces in the embroidery hoop. You want the sketch to be embroidered onto both layers.
3. Start your embroidery. I like the sketched look so I used a back stitch in varying stitch lengths. I used 1-2 strands of floss (separated from the 6 strand standard)
4. When you have completed the needle work, trim close to the edge of your muslin.
5. Shape your cuff as desired. I tried this a few ways and liked the shape best as it was following the lines of the sketch
6. Apply snap or button and button hole for closure.
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