Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Smocked Cuff Creation and Giveaway!

So anyone who knows me knows that I am OBSESSED with smocking. I will smock until the cows come home. If I don't have a project that I feel like working on? I'll sit and smock like others knit. It's just something that I have found that relaxes me, that I am good at and that I am pretty proud of... and I have only been doing it for 6 months. Anyways, I have been trying to figure out how I can work my smocking into my creations. My first swing around the block, I came up with a smocked cuff bracelet. Let me know what you think!

I chose a fabric that I happen to really like. Peacocks! The feathers are awesome and I felt comfortable enough in my smocking skills to use a fabric that I care about.
So I took half a fat quarter and started working. I used this technique and smocked it in probably one episode of Top Chef haha. I liked the effect because this fabric is a little stiff and definitely kept its shape when I smocked. I then folded it in a half like a strip, steam ironed the fold down and hand sewed the sides together for a clean edge. I measured my wrist and how long I wanted the cuff to be.
I used a simple button snap for the, you know, snappy-ness. I hand sewed that as well. The button that I used for the decorative eye candy? That has no function but rather is a snazzy bit of eye catching loveliness.  Anyways, I am pretty durn proud. It came out pretty great.

I wore this out last weekend and had SO many compliments that my heart was filled! People wanted to know where they could get MY cuff! I told them I made it myself and they were amazed. It was quite the confidence boost that something that I made garnered the attention that it did. So here is what I want to do. I want to make one of these for someone so they can #1 Let me honestly know what they think of it and #2 Have a one of a kind Amanda of Prim and Propah creation! Holla! So here is what I propose. You leave a comment on this post between now and Monday January 24th and I'll pick someone random to make a cuff for. In your comment, be sure to let me know what color schemes you love and I will do my best to accommodate! Geesh, I hope I actually get some comments on this post!


  1. Don't worry. If you post something really cool, I'll comment. If you offer to give it away...I'll comment twice.

    Just kidding. What I'm trying to say is...the cuff is really pretty and I want one.

    Ok I'm done rambling.

  2. I want one too! Super cool!! You know what colors I like sistah. Feminine and vintage-y. LOVE the button.

  3. pick me! pick me! I'm digging neutrals, like beige-y white colors. Although, I also roll over and show my belly for any polka dots and stripes.

  4. It's so pretty Amanda! I love the fantastic button, it gives the cuff an elegant and vintage feel and with the funky peacock fabric it's a nice contrast. Great work! I love color, it's hard to choose - my current favs are green, brown, turquoise and purple.

  5. Oh I love love love your cuff! I have a crocheted one from the sista so I feel I really need a smocked one from you. ;o) I love the peacock colors or any bold colors. But seriously you could sell these, haven't seen anything like it and its super awesome.


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