I made this noisey little bell cuff several years ago when Smootch was a toddler. It was actually one of my first projects ever, so it pleases me ever so much that we still use it often and it's proven to be so useful for both children.
This cuff is strapped onto my children whenever we go somewhere where I may lose visual contact with my babies but I still need to know where they are. Like the shops, particularly the fabric store, where my kids know I'm distracted and have figured out that all the have to do is make two quick turns among the maze-like fabric islands and I'll never be able to find the little buggers again. It's also been good on hikes, in playgrounds and parks.
To make a basic cuff:
Measure the area you wish to cuff, keeping the measuring tape as loose as you desire your cuff to be (I actually choose to make mine big enough to fit over the arms of jackets since it wasn't any good to have the bells muffled under heavy clothes). Also establish how wide you would like your cuff to be.
Add 1 1/2" to the cuff length. Double the desired width measurement and add an additional 1/2" for seam allowance. Use these altered measurements to cut a rectangle of desired fabric.
The cuff is created by folding the fabric lengthwise, right sides together. Sew closed the lengthwise raw edges, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Use a safety pin to turn the cuff right side out (see illustration above). Tuck in an end about 1/2" and sew closed. Do so for other open end. Add a snap to the ends, assuming a 1/2" overlap. Viola, a cuff.
Handsew bells on cuff for your own low-tech audio child detection device. Attach to child. I suggest a test run in a fabric store :D
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