Shelley Made: DIY Custom Cufflinks!

Friday 17 May 2013

DIY Custom Cufflinks!

I know cufflinks might sound a little old-fashioned, but my husband still wears them, and has quite a few pairs.  So, for his birthday I decided to make him some myself, out of my own fabric designs.

It's really super super simple, but there is a little trick to I thought I would share it with you today.

Here is the finished cufflink set, along with it's matching necktie, in a little box ready for giving:

You will need:

One set of cufflink blanks (or photo cufflinks - I got mine here)

Scrap fabric of your choice (I used this one here)
Iron on interfacing

The steps:

1.  Iron some interfacing onto the wrong side of your fabric.  I tried without it the first time - just too fiddly.  The stiffening makes the small piece easier to cut, and sits nicely in the ring.

2.  Unscrew the ring off the cufflink.  Mine had a protective clear plastic circle in there - don't lose it, you need it!

3.  Use the circle as a template on the fabric to work out the area you want to cut.  I decided to fussy cut the background cycle chain links for this set.

4.  Cut out around the circle, using small sharp scissors is easiest.  Nail scissors would be ideal.

5.  You can choose to either place the fabric into the ring on it's own, or with the protective cover.  I chose to leave the cover in.

6.  Screw the cover back on to the base.  Repeat for the other cufflink - you are done!!!  Easy as that.

The best thing is - it's not permanent, nothing is glued in, so if you want to replace it with another fabric - you can!  This is the other set I did...


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