Versatile Summer Accessory :)
Summer is not even on the radar for those of us here in the great white north, but I’m already dreaming of baring my arms during the hot days of July. These bracelets are lightweight and easy to wear, and would look great with that summer dress you’ve been storing at the back of your closet.
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First gather all the materials.
For a 6.5” (14.5 cm) wrist & a loose fit, I went with 34” (87 cm) of cotton cord, and 27” (115 cm) of embroidery floss.
A general formula for the cotton chord would be to add 0.5” (1.3 cm) to your wrist measurement, multiply that by 4, and add 6” (15 cm) for allowance. To figure out the length of your embroidery floss, just multiply your cord length (34” in my case) by 1.3 - not sure if this is a super accurate multiplier but I tie my knots pretty tightly, so you may want to increase this number if you tied looser knots...
1. Fold the cotton cord in half, and form a button loop at the folded end. Make sure your loop is slightly larger (but not by much) than the button you’re using.
2. Tie the floss around the two strands of your cotton cord.
3. This is a basic knot found in many friendship bracelets. You can find a clearer diagram of it here: http://www.makingfriends.com/jewelry/bracelet_klutz_basic.htm
4. Pull the floss tight.
5. Continue and make about 5-10 of these knots depending on how long you want the end section to be.
6. Cut off excess thread (the short end, not the long one) after you make all your knots.
7. You’re making the same knots as before, but with more space in between each one (about 1/2” or 1 cm).
8. Remember to pull each knot tight so there’s no slack.
9. I like to thread the wooden bead on the “top” cord because it looks better when you’re done, but feel free to do it the other way - just make sure it’s consistent (i.e. always thread on the top or always thread on the bottom).
10. Continue threading and knotting - leaving spaces between the beads means you use less beads/see more string.
12. When you reach about 2” (5 cm) from your desired length*, you can repeat the knots you made at the beginning of the bracelet by making a series of knots one right after the other at the end.
*In my case, the desired length is 14” (36 cm) since I want it to wrap around my 6.5” wrist twice with slack.
13. Use a needle to thread the remaining embroidery floss back through the knots at the end to hide it.
14. Snip off the excess.
Tips & Tricks
☽ Try to keep the floss taut at all times to give it a neat look at the end
☽ Some wood beads don’t have the cleanest holes for you to poke the cord through - so poke a thick needle through to clear out any splintering pieces.
☽ The cord will occasionally fray too much for it to be threaded through small beads, don’t be afraid to snip it every now and then.