How to make friendship bracelets

Make lovely friendship bracelets for kids to share with their friends with our how to make friendship bracelets and cross stitch bracelets tutorial

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It’s easy to make lovely friendship bracelets to share with your friends. All the different designs in a classic DIY friendship bracelet 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 our video tutorial, or check out our How to make friendship bracelets setp-by-step guide.

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Perhaps you want to learn how to make friendship bracelets using cross stitch? It’s easy to make cross stitch friendship bracelets too if you prefer this technique to the classic knotted DIY friendship bracelet, and they both use the same thread, so you can always mix and match between the two DIY Friendship bracelet styles. Learn how to make friendship bracelets using both of these methods in this article. The cross stitch friendship bracelets were designed by Durene Jones and originally published in Cross Stitch Crazy issue 191, and Durere has kindly given us permission to share her cross stitch friendship bracelet patterns as a free download for all our Gathered makers. Just scroll down to find the friendship bracelet cross stitch patterns or click the link below to jump straight there

For more kids projects check out our craft ideas for kids and our paper crafts for kids round up. 

How to make friendship bracelets video

We’ve filmed this knot along video guide showing how to make friendship bracelets the traditional way. Here we will look at 3 different techniques for how to make friendship bracelets: The chevron, the reverse chevron and the simple spiral. You can also add a button for extra fun in your friendship bracelets!

If video tutorials aren’t for you we’ve got How to make friendship bracelets as step-by-step written instructions too! Learn how to make friendship bracelets in this funky chevron pattern.

How to make friendship bracelets step-by-step

Start by choosing 4 colours of stranded cotton for your friendship bracelet.

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 friendship 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 of the friendship bracelet.

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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

How to make friendship bracelets step 3

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

How to make friendship bracelets step 6

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 friendship bracelet. Both knotting threads are now in the middle of the friendship 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 friendship bracelet.

You can repeat steps 1-8 as many times as you need to to create a friendship 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?

 

How to make friendship bracelets with cross stitch

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Do you want to know how to make friendship bracelets with your cross stitch skills? Whether you are an experienced cross stitcher, or are trying out cross stitch for the first time with these cross stitch friendship bracelets, they are simple to stitch and make great friendship bracelets for kids to try out. If you’d like some guidelines on how to cross stitch, check out our cross stitch for beginners article.

Easy to personalise, fun to stitch and great to give, kids will love these colourful friendship bands! We’ve found a fantastic way to get children cross stitching, and keep them occupied over the summer! Friendship bracelets have always been in fashion, especially with young girls, and they’ll love stitching these bold, vibrant designs to give as inexpensive gifts to their pals. Pick just one pattern to stitch in everyone’s favourite colours, or stitch different designs in the same thread shades so others can easily tell they’re BFFs! Once stitched, follow our simple instructions explaining how to make friendship bracelets from your cross stitching  in no time at all.

Click to download the friendship bracelets cross stitch pattern.

The download in an A4 PDF with 4 friendship bracelet cross stitch pattern and an accompanying key. These were designed by Durene Jones. To see more of Durene’s designs, take a look at our Durene Jones cross stitch fox pattern, or visit her online Etsy store.

How to make friendship bracelets from your cross stitch

  1. Add the interfacing to the reverse of your stitched design following the manufacturer’s instructions, then trim the excess fabric around the edge, leaving a one square border all round the edge of your friendship bracelet design. 
  2. Cut a piece of self-adhesive felt to the same size as your friendship bracelet and put to one side.
  3. Tie the ends of your cord together using a slipknot so the friendship bracelet can be made bigger or smaller, then flatten and secure either end of the loop to the inside of the bracelet with a few stitches. 
  4. Attach the felt to the inside of the bracelet – and you’re finished!
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We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make friendship bracelets! You could also try our free friendship bracelet crochet pattern or our free festive friendship bracelet pattern.

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