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How to Make Bracelets Patterns for Friends

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Make Friendship Bracelets and Celebrate Your Friends
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These friendship bracelets are lots of fun to make and give to friends.

Denise D. Witmer

Friendship Bracelet Basics: The Knot | Holding Threads | Sizing | Finishing Off
Basic Friendship Bracelets Patterns: Cable Friendship Bracelet | Striped Friendship Bracelet | Round Striped Friendship Bracelet | Wish Bracelet
Intermediate Friendship Bracelets Patterns: 2 by 2 Friendship Bracelet | Double Cable Friendship Bracelet | Arrow Friendship Bracelet | Patriotic or School Colors Friendship Bracelet | Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet Pattern

Why would your teen want to learn how to make friendship bracelets? Mostly because they are fun, but also because you can share your friendship bracelets with friends - making friends and being social is a big part of being a teen. There are all different types and patterns of friendship bracelets. Plus, the inexpensive threads come in every color of the rainbow - endless combination of friendship bracelets are obtainable for very little cost as they are made with embroidery floss threads. They also can be done while your teen is watching television or talking on the phone.

Making Friendship Bracelets Tips

Here are a few tips for getting started, then traverse that other pages for the basic instructions and some friendship bracelet patterns.
  • Use embroidery floss the make your friendship bracelets and keep them organized from the start. There are organizers and thread holders that will help your teen know what colors they have available and keep the threads from becoming one big knot.

  • Your 'friendship bracelets making kit' will need:
    • embroidery floss,
    • scissors,
    • measuring tape or ruler,
    • container to hold the threads,
    • tabs to twine thread on(helps keep them from turning into a knotted mess),
    • safety pin and pillow, clip board or masking tape.
  • Give yourself some time to learn the steps. It takes a lot of patience and practice but it's like riding a bike, once you make friendship bracelets, you'll never forget how. Start with an easy pattern, but don't be too afraid to progress to the more difficult patterns once you know how to do the basic knot.
  • Once you have all of the steps down, you can try any pattern you want or even make your own! Use graph paper to plot out a recurring pattern with two colored threads to start.

The History of Friendship Bracelets

The history of friendship bracelets comes from Native American handcrafts; where hand weaving, knot tying and bright colors are predominate. If you are running a Native American camp or event for teens, this is an excellent craft to use.

Friendship bracelets made for friends should be tied on by the friend if possible to an arm or as an anklet on an ankle and worn until it falls off naturally. Threads used are floss and will wear in time. There are some friendship bracelets made for wishing wishes, those are very fun but tend to be thinner as the friends like them to fall off faster so that the wish can come true.

Friendship Bracelet Basics: The Knot | Holding Threads | Sizing | Finishing Off
Basic Friendship Bracelets Patterns: Cable Friendship Bracelet | Striped Friendship Bracelet | Round Striped Friendship Bracelet | Wish Bracelet
Intermediate Friendship Bracelets Patterns: 2 by 2 Friendship Bracelet | Double Cable Friendship Bracelet | Arrow Friendship Bracelet | Patriotic or School Colors Friendship Bracelet | Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet Pattern

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