Friendship Bracelet Instructions
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The Floss Bracelet Basics
Just starting out and need the basics? Here are some friendship bracelet instructions that will get you up to speed in no time flat.
What you'll find on this page:
Embroidery floss typically comes in skeins that are 8 meters (8.7 yards) long.
Most patterns require at least 60 inches for each strand. This means that you should be able to cut 5 strands per skein.
Unless you are making a very wide or very long bracelet, one skein per color should be enough to make one bracelet.
A small craft pillow or old pillow is recommended to use as your “work station”. It should be comfortable enough to sit in your lap and not have any special meaning. Since a safety pin is used to anchor the threads down, eventually many holes will start to appear in the pillow as you expand your bracelet creations.
Alternative travelling workstation. My favorite workstation for making friendship bracelets? My leg! I like using a safety pin to fasten my work to my jeans. No pillow required that way.
A 60 inch fabric tape measure is not necessary, a yard stick or other measuring device can be used, but it is strongly suggested.
These are the 4 basic knots you'll use for making floss friendship bracelets. The abbreviations (in brackets) should come in handy if you follow patterns - they are commonly used in friendship bracelet instructions.
This knot starts with the first loop of the forward knot and ends with the backward knot. This means that the thread on the left will stay on the left when the knot is completed.
This knot is reverse of the FB knot. It starts with the backward knot and finishes with the forward knot. The right thread will stay on the right.
Once you have decided on the bracelet pattern and color scheme, measure the strands to the desired length and cut.
Lay the strands together, lining their centers up.
Fold the strands in half and make a knot at the center, leaving a loop approximately ¼ - ½ an inch long.
This loop will be used to tie the bracelet when complete.
When you have the loop at the length you want it, pull on the strands to make the knot tighter.
Lay out the strands in the order the pattern suggests.
Try different variations of color patterns to see which looks best to you. You can then begin knotting.
Trim the remaining strands. The braids can be shortened after the bracelet is on the wrist, if they are too long.
Note: If you are following a pattern, the pattern may have different friendship bracelet instructions for finishing off. I like this finishing style because I don't have to be too particular about measuring the bracelet length.
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