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1950’s Straw Cuff

Lisa Kettell Designs

By Lisa Kettell

April 3, 2014

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Project Description

Nothing says summer vacation then straw hats, straw handbags and tropical motifs. As a fan of 1950s couture vintage straw handbags, hats, belts and dolls have always been a fave. Kitschy picnics and camping have found a new life through glamping which is kitschy camping with some glam. These cuffs will have you reminiscing of the early days and bringing you on some new adventures. A Roman Holiday, Summer Place, Parent Trap?


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   disposable bowl

  •    foil

  •    rhinestone buttons

  •    magnetic fabric snaps

  •    straw trim

  •    sequin trim

  •    sewing needle

  •    quilting thread

  •    fabric tac

  •   latex gloves

  •   old towel

  •   salt white vinegar

  •   scissors

Step By Step

  1. Directions to Dye the Straw Trim: Prep your surface. Lay plastic table cover on the surface you will working over. Put on your rubber or latex gloves

  2. Mix 1/4 cup Rit color perfect liquid dye citrus and passion pink in a disposable bowl, set aside. Then cut straw trim into a 7 inch strip. Wrap a piece of scotch tape around the area of trim you are cutting and cut on the tape to avoid fraying. Apply fabric tac to the ends of the cut trim. (the open area between the scotch tape), let dry and remove tape.

  3. Next paint on 2 layers of white vinegar onto the cut straw trim strip using the color perfect applicator brush or a foam brush, let dry. This helps to loosen any residue on the straw trim.

  4. Pour the color perfect color mixture into a bowl and place the straw trim into the bowl, stir occasionally until saturated with desired color. I left mine for 30 minutes.

  5. Remove the straw trim and place on foil or newspaper, let dry. Speed up drying process using a heat tool.

  6. Directions to Make the Cuff: Thread a sewing needle with quilting thread and stitch on a rhinestone button to the middle of the bracelet. Then another button above and under that center button.

  7. Attach magnetic snaps to each end of the straw trim to form a bracelet. Then add a strand of sequin trim to the top and bottom of the straw trim, secure in place with fabric-tac.

  8. To dye the pearl grey bracelet pour 1/3 cup liquid pearl grey Rit Dye into a bowl, add 2 cups boiling water, stir, let steep for 5 minutes, set aside. Brush the straw trim with 2 layers of white vinegar, and place into the hot dye mixture. Let set for 30-35 minutes, remove and dry.

  9. Tips/Tricks:-hand dye your sequin trim for more color choices. -Use a large pendant or pin in place of the buttons. -Attach a clasp, sew on snaps or leather snaps instead of magnetic ones.




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