I'm so excited to share this project with you! The other day I was cleaning up my spot at the table and I saw some painted canvas, a handful of beads, two colors of tulle, wire and a ziploc of rusted nails we'd rescued from a road side piece of furniture. The contrast between the soft, frayed canvas and the scratchy old nails was so inspiring that I had to make something that instant. When inspiration comes that easily I think you owe it to yourself to accommodate it.
The basic idea is to tear canvas into strips. To do this, snip in a little bit at the edge and then tear your canvas. It's easy and very satisfying. Canvas strips are really useful for everything from wreaths to garlands to tags so I usually tear a whole bunch at once. Then paint the strips, rather haphazardly, with watered down acrylic. You could use watercolor spray, ink or whatever colorant you want, but since I never know what I'll be using it for I prefer watered down acrylic because I know it won't react with water later. For example, I don't want this cuff to turn my wrist green if I sweat. Ew.
The second piece of canvas covers all the stitching and the ends of the loop. You can hand sew the embellished front piece to the backing or fit it in your machine - if you dare - I dared and broke a needle as I wasn't quite as savvy at not hitting anything hard as I thought I was. Next time I'll probably blanket stitch the edges together.
I've worn this one several times before taking the photos and it's holding up great. The only change I'd make is that next time I'll use a hair elastic for the loop closure as the tulle is stretching out a little with use.
I also don't recommend protruding rusty nails on the wrists of mom's with small children.