Literary-Bound Bracelets


Designer: Lana Manis


Salvage a portion of a cloth-covered book binding and turn it into a cuff that speaks volumes. Personalize it with a book title that appeals to you, then add your choice of embroidery stitches.




  • Old cloth-bound book
  • Crafts knife
  • Scrap of patterned fabric
  • Scrap of felt
  • Medium-weight fusible interfacing
  • 1-1⁄2×6″ curved aluminum cuff blank
  • Needles: embroidery and curved
  • Glue stick
  • Embroidery floss


1. Carefully cut cloth from book with crafts knife. Cut spine loose from cover. Remove cardboard reinforcement if applicable. Trim spine as desired into a narrow strip that will fit on cuff.

2. Cut one 2-3⁄4×6-3⁄4″ strip from patterned fabric and one from felt. Cut two 2-3⁄4×6-3⁄4″ strips from medium-weight fusible interfacing. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse interfacing to backs of patterned fabric and felt strips.

3. Sew strips together with right sides facing and 1⁄4″ seam allowances, leaving one short end open. Clip corners and turn right side out. Turn raw edges under 1⁄4″ and press edges.

4. Insert metal cuff into fabric through opening. Slip-stitch the opening closed.

5. Temporarily attach book spine to cuff with glue stick. Use a curved needle to stitch spine to cuff using embroidery floss and stitches of your choice (cuffs shown use blanket stitches, running stitches, and French knots).

See our basic embroidery stitch guide here.

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