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Make an Easy Woven Bracelet

RAW BraceletThis simple bracelet is fast and easy to make.  I used an elastic cord so there’s no need to worry about adding a clasp.  No clasp means this bracelet is easy to put on one handed.

For my bracelet I used Stretch Magic and an assortment of colored beads.  You can use any stretchy string you have on hand so long as it will pass through the holes in your beads 2-3 times.  You’re going to want to start with a length of cord that is at least 4 times as long as your finished bracelet.  If you’re using very large beads you’re going to need an even longer cord.

String four beads.

String four beads.

Pass the left-hand cord back through the last bead on the right to form a circle.

Pass the left-hand cord back through the last bead on the right to form a circle.

Center the beads on the cord and pull both ends to tighten the circle.

Center the beads on the cord and pull both ends to tighten the circle.

String one bead on the left-hand side and two beads on the right.

String one bead on the left-hand side and two beads on the right.

Pass the left-hand cord through the last bead on the right.

Pass the left-hand cord through the last bead on the right.

Pull on both ends to tighten.

Pull on both ends to tighten.

Repeat the last three steps.

Repeat the last three steps.

Remember to tighten as you go.

Remember to tighten as you go.

The bracelet is getting longer.

The bracelet is getting longer.

Almost done!

Almost done!

When you reach the desired length add one more bead to each side and fold the bracelet in half.

When you reach the desired length add one more bead to each side and fold the bracelet in half.

Pass each cord through the bead on the other end of the bracelet.  Be careful not to twist the bracelet!

Pass each cord through the bead on the other end of the bracelet. Be careful not to twist the bracelet!

Pull on both ends to tighten.  Take a minute to check and make sure that your bracelet isn't twisted.

Pull on both ends to tighten. Take a minute to check and make sure that your bracelet isn’t twisted.

Take one end and run it through the beads until it comes out by the other end.  I took the left end and passed it down through the yellow bead, across through the red bead, and up through the purple bead.

Take one end and run it through the beads until it comes out by the other end. I took the left end and passed it down through the yellow bead, across through the red bead, and up through the purple bead.

Tie the two ends together in a double knot and dab clear glue on it.  After the glue dries trim the ends close to the knot.

Tie the two ends together in a double knot and dab clear glue on it. After the glue dries trim the ends close to the knot.

Experiment with different shapes and sizes or try making patterns!

Experiment with different shapes and sizes or try making patterns!

 

Melinda (29 Posts)

I am a musician and lifelong crafter. When I'm not playing flute or piccolo I am often reading, crocheting, knitting, or making my own jewelry. I am always looking for new techniques to learn and interesting patterns to try.


1 Comment
  1. Very pretty! I am definitely going to try to make these.

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