Here is a really easy friendship bracelet tutorial!
They are easy enough for kids to make too!
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Step 1: Getting Started...
- a long piece of t-shirt yarn in any color (you can also make by cutting a long strip of t-shirt about an inch wide and pulling the ends to stretch and lengthen)
- embroidery floss/thread in as many colors as you choose
- a safety pin
Step 2: The Knots...
#3. Safety pin the looped piece of t-shirt yarn to your knee
Cut the embroidery floss in long pieces (around 40 inches in length of each color, depending on wrist size and the amount of different colors used)
Tie (with a double knot) the group of embroidery threads to the top of the piece of t-shirt yarn as close to the knot of the loop as possible, leaving a couple inches of length on one end and the bulk of length on the other
#4. Hold down the long portion of the t-shirt yarn and all pieces of embroidery thread, including the short ends, except for length of embroidery thread in the color you want to show up
Take the chosen color and cross over everything else, making a 4 shape
Wrap around everything else and come up through the loop created by the chosen color of embroidery thread and pull the thread up towards the safety pin/ top loop to tighten the knot
Repeat this way of knotting (a forward knot) until you want to change colors
The entire bracelet is made of forward knots in alternating colors
Step 3: Knotting Continued...
#5. Continue knotting, alternating colors as desired
#6. Once you have knotted about an inch or two down in length, you are free to cut off the short ends of the embroidery floss
Do not cut the long pieces of thread or t-shirt yarn off!
Step 4: Finishing Up...
#7. After you have reached the desired length of your knotting, you split the amount of embroidery threads in two and tie a triple knot around the t-shirt yarn
Trim the ends of the embroidery thread
#8. To tie onto your wrist, slip the left over length of t-shirt yarn through the top loop and knot
Cut off excess length of t-shirt yarn on both ends (near the top loop and the end piece)
The good thing about using the t-shirt yarn is that it has a bit of stretch to it, so the bracelets are easy to slip on and off....making them easier to share and give to friends!
These look so cute worn in bunches!
Have fun and feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
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