Need the perfect project for a summer afternoon? Whip up a bunch of colorful friendship bracelets! This bracelets are simple to make and easy to personalize.
You’ll need round leather cord, embroidery floss and a wooden bead. We used 2mm metallic leather cord from LeatherCordOnline.com (nice URL, huh?) but in the past I’ve also bought similar cord (in smaller quantities) from Etsy supply sellers. The wooden beads can be found in assortments like this one at Create for Less. Make sure that the hole in the wooden beads is double the width of the cord – we needed a 4mm hole for our 2mm cord.
Begin but cutting about 22″ of leather cord and 60″ of embroidery floss. Tie one end of the floss to the leather cord in a secure double knot and then fold the cord in half. You want to position the knot you just made about an inch down from the top of the loop. Next, wrap the floss around both pieces of cord 2 or 3 times – this creates the loop that the bead will go through at the end to secure the bracelet on your wrist. After that, start weaving a simple figure-8 pattern by wrapping the floss around the outside of one piece of cord and back into the center. Repeat for the other piece of cord and continue down the length of the bracelet.
See the pattern emerging? This one uses two colors of floss. You can weave it as loose or tight as you like. I like to see the leather in between the colorful floss. Stop weaving a few inches from the end (test on your wrist for size) and wrap around both cords like we did at the start. Secure with a double knot and a dot of glue.
To finish thread the wooden bead onto both pieces of cord and tie and overhand knot with the cord ends. Snip off any extra cord. They get easier and faster as you go- we recommend making an armful!