Fill Up Your Wrists With These 11 Friendship Bracelet Patterns
Learn how to make an armload of embroidered friendship bracelets for you and your BFFs this summer!
Margo Gothelf · 6 months ago
Embroidered string bracelets are the peak of summer fashion. Get ahead of the trend and learn how to craft the bracelets on your own! Start at the top of this list and learn the easier bracelet designs, then work your way down where you'll find more complicated patterns and bracelets. By the end of the summer, your wrists will be filled to the brim with friendship bracelets — if you don't give half of them away to your BFFs first!
1. Classic Braided Friendship Bracelet
Let's start off simple with a braid. If you can braid hair, you can easily braid strings as well. The technique is the same as hair braiding, just with three strings weaving in and out. If you'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 you've mastered the braid, move on to your 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 you can tie knots, you 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 you can make this pattern in your hair, you'll have no problem recreating it in bracelet form. Start this one off simple with just four strings until you get the hang of it. Once you feel confident in the steps, increase the number of strings and go with six or eight colors for a bolder look.
4. Jellyfish Friendship Bracelet
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, you'll 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 you'll find a step-by-step tutorial for this trendy bracelet.
5. Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet
The most useful stitch to learn during your embroidery friendship bracelet journey is the candy stripe. This stitch is pretty much like tying fancy knots over and over and over again. You'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. Stick to four strings for a simple bracelet, or go big with 12 strings for a thicker band.
6. Chevron Friendship Bracelet
Turn your 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 you're a candy stripe wizard, 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. Share the love and make matching bracelets for all of your besties! SaraBeautyCorner has a step-by-step video on how to get started over on her YouTube channel.
8. Diamond Friendship Bracelet
Unfortunately, no actual diamonds are used to make this diamond friendship bracelet. On the flip side, though, your wrist will still shine bright like a diamond, thanks to the picture perfect stitches. To make this pattern even more striking, double the strings. That way, the bold and precious gemstones will stand out on your wrists. Check out The Neon Tea Party for a full step-by-step tutorial.
9. Square Knot Friendship Bracelet
Make matching bracelets for you and your BFF using the square knot stitch. While this bracelet uses three different colored strings, you can choose whether or not you want all of the colors on display. If you want all of the colors to show up, simply switch them out about halfway down the bracelet. Want to keep it simple with two colors? Just keep the stitches going all the way down without rotating out one string. Curly Made's YouTube tutorial will give you 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 you have 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 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 get your strings ready and hit play to follow along.
11. Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet
Your 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 make this one when you want a real challenge!
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