Saturday, 3 May 2014

How To: Friendship Bracelets

It's May now and if you're like me, you'll be about to sit your GCSE/A-Level exams and have only short periods of time between your revision to plan your fundraising. In between my breaks of revision I usually make a couple of these bracelets to sell at different events: car boots, summer fetes or to friends and family.

To make them you will need:

- Scissors
- Coloured Embroidery Floss (Here's where I got mine: Argos)
- Bulldog clips
- A book/clipboard to secure your string to 

First you'll need to learn the knots:

Forward / Backward / Backward-Forward / Forward-Backward

Step 1. Choose 3 colours and measure 60 inches of each thread. Then fold them in half and tie them into a knot to form a loop. 

Step 2. Secure them to your board and separate the colours from the outside to the middle.

Step 3. Create a forward knot (4 knot)using the pink string over the green string, then the cream one, until you reach the middle.

Step 4. Then using the pink string you haven't used yet (the one on the right) create a backward knot (P/D knot) over the green string and then the cream one - until you reach the middle.

Step 5. Once you've reached the middle knot the two pink strings together using either a forward or backward knot. I prefer to use a forward one - you have now completed one row.

Step 6. Repeat the steps using the outside colours until you find a chevron pattern forming. Keep repeating until the braid will comfortably fit around your wrist. You may take it off of the clip to see how much longer you have to knot.

Step 7. When it comes to the end of the bracelet, braid three off the strands in a regular braid, tie a knot so it doesn't come undone, and then trim the left over string. You now have a chevron patterned bracelet.

Once you've mastered all the knots you may want to try out the following patterns (click the captions for video tutorials *not my videos)

Alternating Leaves
Chinese Staircase

For other patterned bracelets, visit
Let your creativity be part of your fundraising!

Good luck!




  1. They are so pretty !!

    1. Thank you so much! Let me know if you try these out! :)

      Chloe x

  2. hey Chloe, I'm from Borneo but I'm currently living in another state of Malaysia. Best of luck in your fundraising, and maybe let me know once you're in town? :) x
    also, those bracelets are so cute! love the colors

    sharon @ shasummerwine.

    1. That's so cool! Maybe we could write to each other and you could help me learn some Malay for my journey? (That's if you speak Malay!) Currently all I know is 'nama saya ChloƩ!' Hehe! Thank you for commenting, it really means a lot! :)

      Chloe x

  3. These are really cool! You should make a video of it or something. :)