Step 1: Materials
Friendship bracelet, cotton thread
The holes on some plastic canvases are larger than others. This project works best with canvas with larger holes.
Step 2: Supplies
Color pencils work well because they are erasable.
Step 3: Create Design
Step 4: Cut Canvas and Stitch Design
Using your pattern, determine the width of your bracelet. Add extra rows if you do not want your design continuing on the edge of the bracelet. The gecko pattern is 9 squares wide, and I cut the plastic 11 squares wide. Take care to cut a smooth edge.
Using needlepoint technique, stitch your design with diagonal stitches. Start by leaving 1" thread on back that is woven under first stitches. When finishing thread or adding new thread, weave through back stitches.
Step 5: Finish Bracelet
Stitch another row to cover the loose end edge of the plastic canvas.
Step 6: Wear Your Custom Designed Bracelet
Step 7: Additional Use: Storage Container Label
Because the holes were smaller on the white plastic canvas, I used cross stitch technique for this band, making x's instead of just needlepoint diagonal stitches. This also show how you can add a border to your bracelet.