How to Make Bracelets With Cotton

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How to Make Bracelets With Cotton
Creating bracelets for your friends is fun. (bracelets image by Jorge Chaves from Fotolia.com)

Indians in Central and South America were the first to make bracelets with cotton -- more commonly known as friendship bracelets. Children, especially girls, love making them for their friends and there is a variety of patterns to try, ranging from simple to the complex. Tradition dictates that you tie a bracelet around your friend's wrist who may then wish for something. Wear the bracelet until the cotton becomes too thin to hold it together and it falls off, because it is at this moment that the wish comes true.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Embroidery Floss

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start with a simple pattern with four strands. Put them together, fold in half and knot at the top, leaving a loop of approximately one-quarter to one-half of an inch. This loop will tie it on and you will have eight strands.

  2. 2

    Take the thread on the very left and loop it over and under the second thread, while holding this thread taut. Perform this action twice so you have a double knot.

  3. 3

    Use the original thread to tie double knots around the remaining two threads. The first thread you used will now be on the very right of the other three threads. You will now have the first line of your friendship bracelet.

  4. 4

    Take the second thread and repeat as for the first thread, and so on with the remaining two threads. Your threads will now be in the same order as when you started.

  5. 5

    Repeat until your bracelet is long enough.

  6. 6

    Separate the threads into two and tie a knot in each of the strands.

Tips and warnings

  • Embroidery floss generally comes in skeins that are eight meters long with most patterns requiring at least 60 inches per strand. One skein would provide five strands, with one skein per colour being sufficient, unless you are making a very long or wide bracelet.
  • Hold the threads tightly when making your bracelet.
  • If your bracelet is too tight on your wrist, don't worry, it will loosen out.
  • To fasten the bracelet on your wrist, lay your wrist on the centre of the bracelet. Pull one braid through the loop and fasten it to the other braid.
  • If your bracelet starts curling, you are pulling the knots too tightly. Ease up on the tension but if you can't stop it curling, use an iron to flatten it out.

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