How to make scoubidou bracelets

Updated November 21, 2016

Scoubidou strands are hollow plastic strings that come in a rainbow of bright colours. They are used for making key chains, lanyards and colourful bracelets that kids love to make and wear. "Scoobies," as many children call them, are a way to teach kids knotting techniques. Children will have so much fun making their bracelets, they won't even realise they are learning anything.

Cut two strands of scoubidou -- one of each colour. For small wrists cut each strand 1 metre (3 1/2 feet) long. For large wrists cut each strand 1.4 metres (4 1/2 feet) long.

Tie a starter square stitch to begin. Do this by holding both strands at their centres, then turning one so that it crosses the other. Hold the crossed strands between the finger and thumb of one hand and flip one of the strands up and over the crossing strand to form your first loop. Grab the other end of the same strand and flip it up and over to create your second loop. Place the strand on the left over the first loop and under the second loop. Pass the strand on the right over the first loop and under the second loop. Pull the strands carefully to create the first stitch. Do not pull too tightly, or the strands may snap.

Turn the bracelet over so that you see the "cross" side and make another square stitch. Make square stitches until the bracelet is long enough to go around your wrist then make more stitches equal to the width of your thumbnail. The bottom should form a chessboard pattern. Make sure that your strands end up in the proper position to complete the pattern correctly. Do an additional stitch if needed.

Cut the ends of each strand on the diagonal to form a point. Bend both ends toward you so that the chessboard pattern is visible. Take the strand that comes out of the middle of the pattern and use the push pin to poke that strand under the loop that it is nearest to on the other end. Pull the strand through the loop until only about a 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) remains on the beginning side of the loop. Do the same with the remaining three stands, always starting with the next closest strand. Once all the strands are pulled through, tighten by pulling strands one at a time, repeating until the project is tight.

Put the bracelet aside for at least eight hours so that the strands settle into place as the plastic may tighten a bit, after being stretched. After eight hours you may trim the ends as close to the bracelet as possible.


If you need to put your bracelet aside before it is complete, use a paperclip to hold the strands in place and keep the stitches from coming loose.

Things You'll Need

  • Scoubidou strands in two colours
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Paperclip
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