How to make friendship bracelets

Make lovely friendship bracelets for kids to share with their friends, even if they are apart. We'll show you the basic knot you need to create all the different patterns

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It’s easy to make lovely friendship bracelets to share with your friends. All the different designs are built up from the same basic knot so once you’ve learned how to do this knot, you can do any of the patterns.

We’ve created this cool bracelet design to teach you three easy patterns: Spiral, chevron and reverse chevron. Learn the techniques you need by knotting along with us in this video tutorial.

We’ve got step-by-step written instructions for the chevron for you, too.

Friendship bracelets for kids: Chevron

Start by choosing 4 colours of stranded cotton.

Cut 2 x 60cms of each colour, so you have 8 lengths of thread in total. Knot the 8 threads together at one end. Attach the bracelet to your lap by slipping a safety pin through the knot and pinning in to your trouser leg – or put a cushion on your lap and pin it to this if you are not wearing trousers.

Spread out the threads so that you have 4 on one side and 4 on the other side, arranging the colours so that they are mirror images on each side. So you might have two yellow threads on outsides and two reds as the thread in the centre.

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You Will Need

  • DMC stranded cotton
  • Scissors
  • Wooden button
  • Safety pin

Step 1

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Take the outside thread on the right side (yellow for us) and loop it round the thread next to it, then tuck the end through the loop. Keeping the second thread taut, pull the outside thread loop so it slides up the thread to the top. Do the same thing again, so you have made two knots in the outside thread.

 

Step 2

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Pick up the next thread along and hold it nice and taut. Using the same knotting thread as you did for step 1 (that’s yellow for us), loop it round the taut thread and tuck the end through the loop. Pull the thread so the loop slides up the taut thread to the top. Do a second knot just like this.

Step 3

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Pick up the next thread along and hold it nice and taut. Using the same knotting thread as you did for step 1 and 2 (that’s yellow for us), loop it round the taut thread and tuck the end through the loop. Pull the thread so the loop slides up the taut thread to the top. Do a second knot just like this.

Step 4

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Leave the thread you have been knotting with (yellow for us) in the centre and pick up the outside thread on the left hand side. This should be the same colour as the one you have been knotting with on the right hand side!

Hold the thread next to it taut and loop the knotting thread round it and pull the end through the loop. Keeping the second thread taut, pull the outside thread loop so it slides up the thread to the top. Do the same thing again, so you have made two knots in the outside thread.

Step 5

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Pick up the next thread along and hold it nice and taut. Using the same knotting thread as you did for step 4 (that’s yellow for us), loop it round the taut thread and tuck the end through the loop. Pull the thread so the loop slides up the taut thread to the top. Do a second knot just like this.

Step 6

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Pick up the next thread along and hold it nice and taut. Using the same knotting thread as you did for step 4 and 5 (that’s yellow for us), loop it round the taut thread and tuck the end through the loop. Pull the thread so the loop slides up the taut thread to the top. Do a second knot just like this.

Step 7

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You have now made two knots on three threads on each side of your bracelet. Both knotting threads are now in the middle of the bracelet. You want to swap them, so that the thread that was on the right-hand side is now on the left-hand side, and the thread that was on the left-hand side is now on the right-hand side.

No need to make any knots, just pass one thread over the other so they are on different sides.

Now you go back to step 1 and start knotting again in the new colour that is now on the outside edge of your bracelet.

You can repeat steps 1-8 as many times as you need to to create a chevron bracelet the right length for you and your friends.

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Once you can do the basic knot you can do so many different patterns! How about this pretty leaf pattern bracelet?