Traditionally, braids have one closed end and one open end. The open end is twisted in a manner to create a braid and is then tied off.
This braid intends to throw all of your preconceived notions about braids out the window.
This braid has two closed ends, and is made with magic.
It can be challenging to get perfect the first time, practice a few more times and experiment with different sizes of straps to obtain the look you are going for.
- Leather (or similar) strap approximately 1 inch by 8 inches
- Scissors or X-Acto Knife
Step 1: Acquire strap
Find a strap about an inch wide and 8 inches long. I prefer leather because of its durability. Unlike fabric, leather will not fray after being cut, which is very important. The braid can be made ultimately with any flat material, but leather seems to work best.
Step 2: Fold and Cut Strap
Fold your strap in half the long way, then cut it into thirds without cutting all the way to the end. This way when you unfold it, both ends of the strap will remain closed.
Make your cuts as straight and even as possible as it will affect the final look of your braid.
I have labeled my braid in the images to make it easier to see what is happening; it will look better if you don't label yours.
Step 3: A over Middle
Fold strap A (the very left strap) over the middle strap. Now A is the new middle.
Step 4: Z over A
Fold strap Z (the very right strap) over strap A. Now Z is the new middle.
Step 5: Blank over Z
Fold the blank strap (the very left strap) over strap Z. Now the order of the straps has reversed from A-Blank-Z to Z-Blank-A.
Step 6: Bottom through Right Hole
The bottom of the braid should look like the opposite of the top at this point, but we need it to be untangled.
To do this, take the bottom and put it through hole on the right side (under strap A). Your bottom should now look goofy and backwards if you did it correctly. That will be fixed later.