Here's a tutorial on how to make a simple braided friendship bracelet that you can make for yourself, for a family member, or simply just a friend. It is really easy to make and you'll quickly become a pro at it.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
• Three different colors of thread, floss, or string
• Something smooth to work on like a table or desk
Step 2: Cut and Measure Your String
The different wrist sizes are as follows:
1. Small Wrist: 25 to 30 inches
2. Medium Wrist: 30-35 inches
3. Large Wrist: 35-40 inches
This is just an approximation I have made from experience, but just remember it's always better to have too much string than too little. I've made that mistake many times.
Step 3: Starting Off Your Bracelet
Step 4: Tape Your Bracelet to Your Work Area
I found that taping the bracelet to your work area allowed you to braid easier, as you don't have to worry about the bracelet moving all over the place.
Step 5: Separate the Threads Into Three Different Groupings by Color
Step 6: Here Comes the Tricky Part!
We are going to refer the specific strings to specific numbers:
Group of Left Strings - 1
Group of Middle Strings - 2
Group of Right Strings - 3
• Start off the braid by taking group 1 (left), and putting it over group 2 (middle).
• Take group 3 (right) and bring it over group 1 which should now be in the middle.
• Finally, take group 2 which should be on the left, and put it over group 3 that should've been in the middle.
If done correctly, you should see your first little "x" which is going to be the simple but effective pattern for this braid.
If you have trouble remembering which string should fold over first, just remember that the group that is closest to the flat surface should be the one that should fold over and go to the middle. Using that helped me a lot more than counting like I tried to in the beginning.
Step 7: Repeat Until You Reach a Comfortable Length
Be sure to leave at least one inch at the end to allow yourself to be able to close the bracelet.