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Friendship bracelets are a great craft that you can take anywhere! They're especially nice for people who have failed repeatedly at learning to knit and crochet. And as a bonus, I feel like learning how to make a friendship bracelet is one of those rites of passage you always do at summer camp, so this might just be like figuring out how to ride a bike again. :D

All you need to make a friendship bracelet is some embroidery floss! In this instructable I'll show you how to make the most basic of friendship bracelets - the candy stripe!

You can make them as thick or thin as you like, and you can easily learn how to make a friendship bracelet in less than an hour. You'll get quicker and quicker as you go, too!

I apologize in advance for using several different bracelets to demonstrate how to make a friendship bracelet - I did lots of the steps over and over to try to get the best photos. Getting pictures of tiny knots is really tricky. :P

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of what you'll need:
  • embroidery floss/thin yarn
  • scissors
  • tape or pins/safety pins

The embroidery floss can be the cheap kind that comes in huge packs like this! You don't need anything fancy. Just make sure it's six stranded - otherwise it won't be thick enough for a nice bracelet.

Lion Brand yarn also has these tiny little skeins of yarn called Bonbons that are perfect. And lordy they are cute.

The tape or pins will keep the bracelet in place as you braid/knot the friendship bracelet. :)

FairuzanaM1 month ago
hie.. just an enquiry...
is the pattern meant to be crooked?
cos i did it once it looks crooked though....
tehms2 months ago
knitaholic2 months ago


REESE51222 months ago

This is what my mom used to do when she was little its so cool

mia61520041 year ago
Good job

Ok, I'ma give it a try!

Those bracelets are so cool! I love the colors!

tasn10031 year ago
this ia great! I've always wanted to know how to make such a bracelet.
Thanks a lot, this instructable was great...:D
clubber1 year ago
your desk is great! where did you get the map of turkey?
slee731 year ago
hi, i made this, but it curls up....any tips for this prob? TY :D
sammijo2 years ago
I love this, I've been trying to make some for my friends but didn't have any fancy ideas and this really opened up my eyes!! <3
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Amazing!!! I love them!!!!
johny51972 years ago
successs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UniBot2 years ago
Neat! now i only have to learn how to make friends :(
jessyratfink (author)  UniBot2 years ago
Dance parties, homemade cookies and cats. Worked for me!
homemade cats...?
she meant homebrew cats
Up next in the next instructable... Learn how to make friends for your friendship bracelets!
just a start: make sure your brand new friend is the right size for your bracelet.
JavaJack3 years ago
You can also divide the strands into two batches near the end, working each batch separately, to make a buttonhole. Then sew a button on the other end.
you know thats a good idea! im going to try that!
jessyratfink (author)  JavaJack2 years ago
That's really smart - I've never done one like that. :)
Up next in the next instructable... Learn how to make friends for your friendship bracelets!
just a start: make sure your brand new friend is the right size for your bracelet.
sunshiine3 years ago
You never fail to surprise me! These are very pretty! I love the colors! Thanks for sharing !
jessyratfink (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks, lady!
sabu.dawdy3 years ago
lovly .. however ur photography takes the credit of such lovely instructable... keep up the good work ;)
jessyratfink (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Thank you :)
lalanon3 years ago
Great tutorial! Love it!
hammer98763 years ago
"Lots of small knots" is macrame! Great close up camera work. (So many people don't know how to do that.) It looks like you tied your bracelet with a granny knot which would be easier to undo than a square not. Good call!
rread3 years ago
If you want to see what your bracelet pattern will look like before you make it... try craftdesignonline
omerkb13 years ago
it nice
These are lovely, i will be sharing this with my friends, their daughters will love them!
brunoip3 years ago
I like the map in the background