How to Make Friendship Bracelets From String Material

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How to Make Friendship Bracelets From String Material
The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing colour combinations for your friendship bracelets. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Friendship bracelets are a perennial favourite of young girls eager to make handmade gifts for their friends. While you can make friendship bracelets from a variety of materials, embroidery floss is the most popular choice. Embroidery floss consists of several thin threads twisted together to form a strand of coloured string. These strands of floss are then knotted together in coordinating colours to form a bracelet. There are countless knot patterns, but the diagonal stripe is ideal for beginners.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Embroidery floss, 3 strands in 3 coordinating colours, each 60-inches long
  • Pushpin

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  1. 1

    Align the ends of your three strands of floss. Fold the strands in half. Tie a knot just below the fold to form a small loop. This loop will be used as part of the bracelet's clasp.

  2. 2

    Insert the pushpin into a piece of cardboard, the wall or even a notebook. Hook the loop around the pushpin. This will keep one end of the bracelet in place so you will have both hands free to work with the loose strands.

  3. 3

    Fan the loose strands out, arranging them so that the colours alternate. There should be six strands total.

  4. 4

    Grab the strand on the far lefthand side and tie a forward knot around the strand to its right. To make a forward knot, bend the lefthand strand so that it lies across the strand to its right. Then, wrap the lefthand strand around the back of the strand to its right. Pull the lefthand strand's loose end up and through its own loop (where it overlaps the strand to the right). Pull the lefthand strand tight. Repeat to complete the knot.

  5. 5

    Tie another forward knot around the next strand in the sequence, still using your far lefthand strand to form the knot. Repeat until you reach the last strand--the far righthand piece of floss--in the sequence. You have now completed one row of knots.

  6. 6

    Start a second row by repeating Steps 4 through 5 with the new lefthand strand. Continue adding rows in this way until the bracelet, including the loop, is slightly shorter than desired.

  7. 7

    Separate the loose strands into two groups of three strands each. Braid the three strands in one group together until the braid is about 4 inches long. Do the same with the strands of the second group. Tie a knot at the end of each braid. Then, trim the loose strands to where about 1/4-inch of loose strings protrudes from the knot.

  8. 8

    Position the bracelet around your wrist. Thread one braid through the loop you made in Step 1. Tie the other braid to the first one to secure the bracelet.

Tips and warnings

  • A forward knot is sometimes called a righthand knot or a right-right knot.
  • Instead of hooking the loop around a pushpin, you can also tape the loop to a flat surface or to your own upper thigh.

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