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How to Make Friendship Bracelets Tutorials

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.

Add lots of color to these friendship bracelets. The tutorial is by Creativemind on Cut Out and Keep.

I don't know about you but I gave up on cross stitch years ago. So this wonderful traditional embroidery floss friendship bracelet tutorial will use up those unloved skeins! And your button collection. The tutorial is by Ken Hively from the Los Angeles Times.  You can also get several other floss based patterns here and here.

This chunky version is woven with 5 mil cord. The tutorial is from

Adding beads is a wonderful way to dress up friendship bracelets. I just love this bubblegum hemp friendship tutorial by How-to-make-jewelry.
Here is the classic hemp macrame bracelet tutorial by Rings and Things.

If you tend to use lots of different colored Softflex wire, then you will like Sara Hardin's friendship bracelet tutorial for Softflex.

Sanna on Cut Out and Keep made this less feminine yarn bracelet tutorial for that crafty look.

MPanda on Cut Out and Keep has this lovely purple flower friendship bracelet tutorial - not your usual kind.

For a funky twist, try the braided chain maille bracelet tutorial by Chezlin. She uses embroidery floss.

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  1. Great post. I am surprised at the variety in styles (love the wire one). Some of the styles are suitable for adults. I always thought that friendship bracelets were more for the young ones.

  2. I always believe that some designs are for the young at heart. It doesn't matter what age you are. So if you like any of these bracelets, why not wear them?

  3. Friendship bracelets were one of the first jewellery items I ever made. They were a big thing at high school, and my friends and I would sit in a group at lunch break making friendship bracelets for each other. The design possibilities were endless and we wore our bracelets until they wore out and fell off. Oh the memories....

  4. I had no idea there were so many different kinds - wow! All the way to chain maille. Cool!

  5. Had to check this out as friendship bracelets were the rage when I was in school and came back again when my daughters were in school. I think moms tend to resuscitate these wonderful childhood crafts for the enjoyment of their children.
    Never realized there could be so many variations but as you said; " they are particularly lovely familiar and not so familiar friendship bracelets".

    And now I see a couple of links to Kumihimo, which a dabble a little in, I'll have to check it out but right now my hubby is asking if we are going to have lunch today or are we on a diet. So I'll be back. ;)

  6. Anna - you're too funny! I know how it is to be so engrossed others in the family have to ask if they have to fend for themselves, mealwise!

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