The first step to making a great bracelet is measuring your wrist and there are several ways to do it.
- Flexible Tape - the simplest and most accurate way to measure your wrist, simply wrap the flexible tape around your wrist and where it meets is the diameter of your wrist. This is the method that is pictured and you can see that my wrist measures roughly 7 3/4" in circumference.
- String and Ruler - Wrap string around your wrist and mark where the string meets. Next hold the string against a ruler and measure from the end of the string to the mark you made, this will give you the a measurement of the diameter of your wrist.
- Old Bracelet or Watch - If you have an old bracelet or watch that fits particularly well you can lay it out and use it as a relative dimension for the bracelet you are making.
- No matter what size your wrist ends up being it is always a good idea to add a little bit to your measurement so that your bracelet fits comfortably. if you make your bracelet exactly the size of your wrist it will feel really tight when you put it on. A good rule of thumb is to add about 1/4" for girls and about 1/2" for boys. Also it's important to consider the width of your bracelet, wider bracelets feel tighter than thinner bracelets, so if you're using a belt that is particularly thick to make your cuff bracelet you may want to add some extra length to ensure a comfortable fit.