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Fill Up Your Wrists With These 11 Friendship Bracelet Patterns

Cools designs for kids to learn how to make an armload of embroidered friendship bracelets for themselves, and all their BFFs this summer!

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

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Embroidered string bracelets are the peak of summer fashion. Your fashionable kid can get ahead of the trend and learn how to craft the bracelets on their own! Start at the top of this list with your kid, and learn the easier bracelet designs together first, then they can work their way down where they'll find more complicated patterns and bracelets. By the end of the summer, their wrists will be filled to the brim with friendship bracelets — if they don't give half of them away to their BFFs first! 

1. Classic Braided Friendship Bracelet

Let's start off simple with a braid. If your kid can braid hair, they can easily braid strings as well. The technique is the same as hair braiding, just with three strings weaving in and out. If they're new to making bracelets, this is a great pattern to start with in order to get familiar with embroidery strings.

2. Staircase Friendship Bracelet

Once they've mastered the braid, move them on to their next challenge! Don't get overwhelmed when looking at this bracelet — it looks much more complicated to make than it actually is. As long as your kid can tie knots, they are halfway there. The hardest part about making this bracelet will be picking out all of the colors to go down the staircase.

3. Fishtail Braid Friendship Bracelet

Next up on the list to master is the fishtail bracelet. Just like the classic braid, if they can make this pattern in your hair, they'll have no problem recreating it in bracelet form. Start them off simple with just four strings until they get the hang of it. Once they feel confident in the steps, they can increase the number of strings and go with six or eight colors for a bolder look.

4. Jellyfish Friendship Bracelet

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The Crafting Chicks

With the basics down, it's time to move on to the jellyfish bracelet. The bracelet might have a weird name, but you'll understand why it's called that when you see the end product. To make this bracelet, your kid is going to need to use a piece of cardstock to make a circular wheel to guide the strings into place. Still unsure of the name? The bracelet looks just like a jellyfish tentacle swimming in the water when finished. Head on over to The Crafting Chicks where they can find a step-by-step tutorial for this trendy bracelet.

5. Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet

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The Neon Tea Party

The most useful stitch to learn during their embroidery friendship bracelet journey is the candy stripe. This stitch is pretty much like tying fancy knots over and over and over again. They'll want to get a good amount of practice done with this pattern, as it is basically the staple stitch for most bracelets further down on this list! This pattern is super versatile when it comes to colors and size. They can stick to four strings for a simple bracelet, or go big with 12 strings for a thicker band. 

6. Chevron Friendship Bracelet

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The Neon Tea Party

They can turn their candy stripe creation into a trendy pattern with the chevron stitch. The stitch takes the same basic steps from candy stripe, but adds in forwards and backwards knots. This way, they create a mirrored pattern and meet right in the middle to create that signature chevron look. The Neon Tea Party breaks it all down.

7. Heart Friendship Bracelets

When they're a candy stripe wizard, it's time to move on to the more challenging patterns and start with this heart stitch. The knots flow in a certain order, quickly turning a bunch of simple strings into a bracelet full of love. They can share the love and make matching bracelets for all of their besties! SaraBeautyCorner has a step-by-step video on how to get started over on her YouTube channel.

8. Diamond Friendship Bracelet

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The Neon Tea Party

Unfortunately, no actual diamonds are used to make this diamond friendship bracelet. On the flip side, though, their wrist will still shine bright like a diamond, thanks to the picture perfect stitches. To make this pattern even more striking, your kid could double the strings. That way, the bold and precious gemstones will stand out on their wrists. Check out The Neon Tea Party for a full step-by-step tutorial. 

9. Square Knot Friendship Bracelet

Kids can make matching bracelets for themselves and their BFF using the square knot stitch. While this bracelet uses three different colored strings, they can choose whether or not you want all of the colors on display. If they want all of the colors to show up, they simply need switch them out about halfway down the bracelet. If they want to keep it simple with two colors? They need to keep the stitches going all the way down without rotating out one string. Curly Made's YouTube tutorial will give a step-by-step breakdown. 

10. Flip Flop Friendship Bracelet

Forget about the flip flops on your feet —  this flip flop is made just for your wrist! The flip flop bracelet gets its name because the maker has to flip it back and forth while making it. This fun technique gives the bracelet a textured look, easily making it the standout on your kid's bracelet-adorned wrist. The bracelet is simple to make but requires strict attention to detail in order to get it just right. Masha Knots breaks it all down on her YouTube page, so tell your kid to get their strings ready and hit play to follow along. 

11. Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet

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Moms and Crafters

Their friends will be doing a double-take when they see this 3D zig zag bracelet. The pattern takes the candy stripe stitch and reinvents it to swirl down the bracelets. So, how does the 3D element come to life? Moms and Crafters takes different shades of the same color and stitches them in certain corners to make the 3D illusion. This bracelet is probably the most difficult on the list, so save this one when they want a real challenge! 

Updated June 2022