How to Make a Turk's Head Sailors Bracelet




Introduction: How to Make a Turk's Head Sailors Bracelet

In this instructable, I show you how to make a Turk's Head Bracelet.  

This are the four questions.

What Did You Make?:
I made a Turk's Head Bracelet. It's is good for storing extra rope that is easy to reach.  The only tools and materials I used were my hands and some rope.
How Did You Make It?:
        It's a knot. To make it, you tie some rope. Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.  The reason I made this, was because some of my friends and I plan do a project for an arts fest this summer, and this one is perfect.
Where Did You Make It?:
        I made the bracelet in my bedroom, on a comfy chair.
What Did You Learn?:
        I learned that it is really easy to make bracelets, footlets (bracelets for ankles), etc with rope.  Beforehand, whenever I tried to tie something, I ended up tied to a table or wrapped in a cocoon of rope (not a good experience).  I also learned that I could make an instructable.

I want to give credit to Jan Brett and her webpage that originally taught me how to make the Turk's Head Bracelet.

Step 1: Gather Materials

To make the bracelet, you will need:

6-7 Feet of Rope

1 Piece of Tape

A Plastic Bottle to Wrap the Rope around (preferably something similar to the size of your wrist)

Your Hands (Hopefully, this is obvious)

Step 2: Start the Bracelet

To start the bracelet, first tape the end of the rope to the plastic bottle with a piece of tape. 

Step 3: Wrap the Rope

Next, wrap the rope around the plastic bottle twice.

Step 4: Beginning to Braid

Take the long piece of rope and thread it under right rope and over the left.

Step 5: Twist

Cross the left rope over the right rope.

Step 6:

Thread the long piece of rope under the left rope and over the right rope.

Step 7:

Now, cross the right rope over the left rope and thread the long piece under the right and over the left.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 5, 6, and 7 Until You Get Back to Where You Started.

Step 9:

Once you get to where you started, weave the long piece through the bracelet, following the piece of rope that was tapped down.

Step 10: Keep Repeating Step 10 Until You Have Either a Double or Triple Stranded Braid. That's Your Choice.

Step 11: You're Done!

Make another one with a different kind of rope or a different number of strands. I even made one out of plastic tubing.

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    4 years ago

    If you make it "in place" or built on your wrist like some people prefer, it helps to use pure shrunk cord or leave some slack as most cord shrinks when it gets wet, as it inevitably will.


    5 years ago

    Thank you, been looking for a tutorial I can actually follow and now I have made my first breacelet. Cheers!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I just made one. To finish it off I cut the ends so they met, hit them both with a lighter and quickly joined them end to end, then rolled the bracelet so the joint was on the underside. Great photos! Made it so easy!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I actually cut the two stranded bracelet in half to show the weave better. Sorry it took me so long to respond.

    Marcaine Art
    Marcaine Art

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I like this :-) I started making paracord bracelets but like this because it uses much less cord and looks very nice.Thank you for sharing.

    Very cool, love that plastic one! How do you connect the ends, like with that 2 strand one?