Did you know friendship bracelets began as a Central American tradition? There are two indigenous traditions accorded to wearing these bracelets. The first decrees the recipient must wear the bracelet until the cords fall apart because that's the way to honor the maker's effort. The second bestows the fulfillment of a wish once the bracelet disintegrates!
Many of us have fabric scraps, short bits of leather, embroidery floss, ribbons and other cords lying around. Why not make a bracelet base of leather and braid those scraps away?. I've hand picked the tutorials here because they are particularly lovely familiar and not so familiar friendship bracelets. Now that school is almost starting up, these are just the gifts the younger set might wish to give to their pals.
They can be as inexpensive or as glamorous as you choose to make it. Check out my past post on the amazing friendship bracelets of Katherine Sturgis.
Pascale from //between the lines// blog has the charming tutorial for the bracelets pictured above. There is lots of room for your own creative touches!
Catherine Fox's video tutorial on FaveCrafts shows the basics of making the classic friendship bracelet from embroidery floss.
tutorial is by Creativemind on Cut Out and Keep.
The tutorial is by Ken Hively from the Los Angeles Times. You can also get several other floss based patterns here and here.
tutorial is from Makingfriends.com
this bubblegum hemp friendship tutorial by How-to-make-jewelry.
classic hemp macrame bracelet tutorial by Rings and Things.
Sara Hardin's friendship bracelet tutorial for Softflex.
less feminine yarn bracelet tutorial for that crafty look.
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