Let's Make Friendship Bracelets #1: Candy Stripe, Forward Knot & 7 Easy Bracelet Patterns

Debbie Hart, Artist and Designer

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10 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Gather Your Materials

    • 3. Pick Your Stripes

    • 4. Start Your Class Project

    • 5. Get Set Up to Create Your Bracelet

    • 6. Create, Part 1: The Forward Knot

    • 7. Create, Part 2: Making the Bracelet

    • 8. Create, Part 3: Physical Demo Video

    • 9. Create, Part 4: Braiding the Tie

    • 10. Final Thoughts


Project Description

For the class project, you'll pick an article of clothing or an accessory of yours that you love and make a matching friendship bracelet to go with it. You'll pick 2 to 3 colors from your item to use in your friendship bracelet, and you'll choose one of the 7 different candy stripe patterns we'll be learning about to use for your bracelet.

Deliverable 1: This one's quick and easy, so that you can get started right away!

  1. Describe and/or post a photo of your clothing item or accessory that you'd like to make a matching bracelet for.
  2. Tell us which 2 or 3 colors from your chosen item you'll be using in your bracelet.
  3. Tell us the particular 2-color or 3-color stripe pattern you wish to use to make the bracelet.

Deliverable 2:  Post a photo of your completed bracelet next to your clothing item. You are also welcome to post photos of any of the steps in the process and any other details you'd like to include about your process if you wish.

Optional: Feel free to keep practicing the skills you've learned here by making more bracelets in different colors and stripe patterns. Also, feel free to keep updating your Class Project whenever you like by posting photos and any comments you wish to include for any extra bracelets you make.

Materials List:

  • Embroidery floss in 2 or 3 colors you'd like to use for your bracelet. (You can also use pearl cotton needlepoint thread, hemp, linen, silk, gimp [plastic lacing], cord, string, yarn, nylon thread, leather, or other materials and adjust the length needed as necessary).
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (you can also use the printable PDF file of a ruler I've provided here)
  • Clipboard (or some other flat, rigid surface along with tape or a binder clip to attach the bracelet to while you're working on it)
  • Printable PDF file of a ruler (which I've provided here) to put on the clipboard underneath the strings to measure the length of the bracelet as you're working on it.
  • Toothpick, in case you need to remove/redo any knots (which can happen occasionally)

Attached Handouts (available at bottom of Class Project description):

  • Stripe-Variations.PDF - printable file showing the different 2-color and 3-color stripe patterns and how to arrange the strings to make them.
  • Ruler.PDF - printable ruler, in both inches and centimeters, that you can attach to your clipboard to measure the length of the bracelet as you're making it.


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