How to Make Friendship Bracelets

One of my most favorite crafts to do when I was in elementary school was to make friendship bracelets.  If you were my friend, acquaintance and sometimes even my enemy you received a friendship bracelet made by me.  I sold them at a stand in my neighborhood and got busted for making them in class.  One of the easiest and quickest bracelets to make is the finger weaving kind.

I have noticed they are making their way back on children’s wrists.  So I thought I would show you how to make some so that you can have a boredom buster for your children this summer.

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These are different than the macramé knot tying bracelets. These are all done by finger weaving loops.  Depending on which loops you use you get a different pattern.  The first bracelet it a flat 7 strand braid (which I will demonstrate), the second bracelet is a 4 sided cubed braid (which is shown in the video).  Both are cute and your children will love to make these.

Supplies:

Embroidery Floss

Scissors

Pins

Nimble fingers

1.  Cut 7 strands of embroidery floss about 24” long.  Take both ends and tie it in a knot.woven friendship bracelets (8)

2.  Pin the knot to a pant leg or pillow.  Separate the stranded loops and put them on your fingers (4 strands on one hand and 3 on the other).

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3. You will always be working with the hand that has only three strands on it. In the picture above it will be my right hand.  Your pinky does all the work.

Depending on how you want your bracelet to look you will loop your pinky under that strand and pull the end loop (#7 and #8) through them all.

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4.  For the flat braid you loop your pinky through the 2, 3, 6, and 7.

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5. Then grab that last loop with your pinky (letting go with the pointer finger) and pulling it through the rest of the strands and tighten.  Now you have 4 loops on your opposite hand.

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6. Shift the loops on your hand with 3 loops on them towards your pointer so that pinky is free again.

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Here is a video showing you the process with the skinner four sided braid pattern.

 

 

If you can’t view the video click here to view it on You Tube.

7. Keep finger weaving back and forth with your pinky until it is complete.  Unloop all of your fingers and tie an overhand knot in the end.

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Your children will be kept busy making embroidery floss bracelets all summer.  I used to have a bracelet making stand and sold them on my street corner for $.25.  Since inflation I am sure they could get $1.00 for them.  {giggle}

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Comments

  1. Crazy-detailed tutorial! I like the color of the bracelet. Thanks for sharing!
    C:)

  2. I used to make these exact bracelets! how fun to remember! I used to safety pin them to my pants leg while I was working on them. :)

  3. sooo who’s taking these pictures? haha I loved making these as a kid too!

  4. Wow my mind is reeling…I love these bracelets (yes for myself, ha ha!) but for the life of me STILL cant figure out how to do it. So I think a couple of boys and I will be on a quest this summer… teach mom how to finger weave! That way I can do something other than crochet washcloths on our drive to the grandparents.

  5. I always knew you must have more hands than the average human to do everything that you do! Haha!

  6. I totally used to make these when I was a kid too & my dd’s have started doing them as well – along with beading bracelets. They are so fun. In fact, at the last couple garage sales we’ve had in past summers, they’ve set up their own little table & had their own little business and sold their jewelry. It’s been so fun for them to get all excited about making $ on things they’ve created. Gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment!

  7. I spent a lot of time making those bracelets when I was a kid! There is also the knotting technique that makes stripes or chevrons!
    Sarah

  8. Wow, this really brought a smile to my face. I went through a huge friendship bracelet phase in my youth! I still have the embroidery thread in my stash (how sad is that?). Thanks for the memories!

  9. My aunt taught me how to make these when I was 8 and I LOVE them! :) They’re always a huge hit on youth group trips when I chaperone. I’ve always used just 5 loops and it creates a 4-sided bracelet. I will have to try out the 7 strand bracelet!

  10. We used to make these at summer camp and then for the rest of the summer every year! I hadn’t even thought about them for years until I saw a girl I know making those plastic lacing lanyards and that made me remember making those and friendship bracelets. People were always amazed at these finger weaving bracelets because they were different than the standard flat knotted ones. We used to make super long ones and wear them as necklaces. Hmmm…I’ve got a new rainy day activity for my house this summer! THANKS!

  11. I haven’t made these in years, but my boys have been wanting them soooo. Thanks for the reminder of how to do it. And also, love your videos. How did I miss those?!?

  12. Michelle Walkenhorst says:

    Just the other day I was just thinking about friendship bracelets and that I could not remember how to do them. Then your post appears. Thanks!!

  13. While at Target today, I noticed they’re selling these! It appears the trend has come back, yet again. Thanks for posting… this brings back memories of saving money up for embroidery floss & making these in the summer with pals. Good times.

  14. wow! I love these bracrlets but I didn’t know that you could make them out of Embroidery Floss. I make mine out of straids of plastic grocery bags! Their very cool and water proof so they are very good for Summer time in the pool!! I’ll have to try the string ones!! thanks!!

  15. Heather says:

    You should teach how to separate the strands (after its knotted) so that they dont get all knotted at the end. That way, people can separate the strands and be able to get started on their bracelets. That would be helpful.

  16. Heather says:

    i was referring to #2 <<

  17. Heather says:

    Can you email me ([email protected]) about that step please? String is very expensive here. And Ive already wasted 6 friendship bracelets worth of string because of #2

    • I don’t know how to tell you to separate them except to separate it. After you are done with the bracelet if the beginning looks terrible then you can undo the knot and cut the strands and unravel them.

  18. jocelyn says:

    I need help please email me and I dont understand

  19. i follawed the instructions but mine came out as the skinnier of the two braclets. how do you make the flat one?

  20. Love the bracelets but want to know how you do the flat one

  21. The woven bracelets were always my favorite to make. Now the flat one has become my new favorite! Great tutorial!!!! Thank you :-)

  22. Esther Moon says:

    I love this bracelet! It was so easy to make..
    Problem is.. Idk how to wear it..

  23. I am having trouble with step number 5. Which last strand do I grab? The 7th or the 8th. Also, which index finger do I let go, the one on the hand with 3 strands or 4. Would it be at all possible to post a YouTube video of the flat one too?

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