Upcycled Denim Cuff Bracelet

3 Materials
1 Hour

Here's a way to upcycle both your old jeans and an old metal cuff bracelet from your jewelry stash. These items can easily be found in a thrift store as well. I simply made a denim ‘sleeve’ to fit over the cuff and adorned it with jewelry charms.


  • scrap of denim from an old pair of jeans
  • wide cuff bracelet, preferably made from a hard metal or plastic
  • jewelry charms (optional)
  • sewing machine (ideal, but not necessary)
  • needle, thread, scissors, iron
Cut denim and add jewelry charms

The first step to make the denim cuff bracelet is to measure the cuff you will be using as a base. You will need the length (around the wrist) and the width. The cuff I used is 1.75″ wide by 6.5″ long.Trim your denim scrap’s width to be approximately 1/2″ wider than twice the bracelet width and 1/2″ longer than the length cuff. (I trimmed mine 4″ wide by 7″ long).

Mark the center of the denim piece and sew the jewelry charms there on the right side. This is where you can personalize the denim any way you want. Other options are to sew a fabric swatch here or perhaps embroider a monogram. Maybe even sew a crochet chain on? Of course you could always leave the denim alone (no embellishment whatsoever).

Sew denim sleeve together

Next you’ll need to fold the denim lengthwise, right side together, and pin.

Sew a seam down the long edge of the denim sleeve, about 1/4″ in (make sure the finished width will match the width of the cuff bracelet). **Do not sew either short edge of the sleeve yet!

Press center seam and sew short edge

Press the sleeve so that the seam is centered down the middle (and charms are centered on opposite side).

Sew one of the short edges of the sleeve, about 1/4″ in.

Cover cuff bracelet

Turn the denim sleeve right-side out.

Turn the raw edges of the short end inward, about 1/4″ or until it matches the length of the cuff bracelet. Press with an iron.

Slide the cuff bracelet into this denim sleeve.

Sew opening closed

Lastly, hand-sew the open edge to secure the cuff bracelet using a whipstitch.

Finished denim cuff

Now all you need to do is slip the cuff on your wrist and show it off.

If you liked this craft, you may like  these similar DIY fashion projects at my blog.

And be sure to visit my blog for ' A Year of Farmhouse Crafts' free guide!

Suggested materials:
  • Cuff
  • Denim
  • Jewelry charms

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