DIY Chevron Friendship Bands
Happy Saturday Friends!
We’re having a blast here at the Handmade Fair – a big thank you to all the rad folks that came along to the Chevron Bracelet Workshop in the Mollie Makes Tent this morning, so much fun!
For those of you that didn’t get the chance to come along, or aren’t at the show (or who were giggling a little too much at the workshop [I’m not naming names!!] and might like a refresher – I thought I would share this step-by-step guide for making your own DIY Chevron Friendship Bracelets!
Woven Friendship Bands are so much funk to make. before you know it you’ll have mastered this technique for making neat little woven knots and you’ll be whipping up a stack in all your favourite colour combinations!
Use a series of small, simple knots to craft a colourful collection of woven bangles that till have you festival ready in no time!
Grab Your Supplies…
Embroidery threads (floss) in two colours
Safety Pin or Washi Tape
Create wider bands or add in more colours by simply increasing the number of strands of embroidery thread you use, keeping to an even number.
1 You will need four embroidery thread lengths in colour A and four lengths in colour B. Trim the lengths to around 80 cm long. Knot the lengths together 10 cm from the end.
2 Divide the short lengths above the knot into three sections: two with three strands and one with two strands, and braid from the knot to 2 cm from the end. Knot the threads together at the far end of the braid to secure. Insert a safety pin into the knot – or use a section of washi tape – and secure to a firm surface (you can use a cushion, ironing board or even the leg of your jeans).
3 Spread the threads out and arrange them so that they are laying, from left to right, two colour A, four colour B and two colour A threads. Separate these threads to create two halves, each with two strands of thread A outermost and two of thread B innermost.
4 To create the friendship band you’ll work lots of little knots. To make a knot, bring the first thread over the second, passing it under and bringing the end through the loop.
5 Draw up closely to tighten the knot into position.
6 Repeat step 4 to make a second knot with the same threads in the same way. These two knots count as one woven stitch on the bracelet. Begin the chevron. Take the threads on the far left and create one woven stitch (see steps 4, 5 and 6) on the thread to the right-hand side of it. Continuing with this thread, repeat to create another woven stitch on the next thread and then the thread following it. The initial thread will now lie at the centre of the strands.
7 Complete the point of the chevron. Make a single woven stitch over the next three threads to end in the centre. Join the point of the chevron by working the two inner threads together with one woven stitch.
8 Begin making the second half of the chevron. Return to the outermost thread on the left-hand side and repeat to create three woven stitches to reach the centre of the section. Then work three woven stitches from the right-hand side to meet at the centre and join the two centre threads with a single woven stitch. This will create the first V in the chevron pattern in thread colour A, with each one being made up of two lines of woven stitches meeting in the centre.
9 Begin the second chevron. Take the threads on the far left and create one woven stitch (see steps 4 and 5) on the thread to the right-hand side of it. Continuing with this thread, repeat to create another woven stitch on the next thread and then the thread following it. The thread will now lie at the centre of the strands.
10 Moving to the other side, begin making the second half of the chevron. Make a single woven stitch over the next three threads to end in the centre. Join the point of the chevron by working the two inner threads together with one woven stitch.
11 Return to the outermost thread on the left-hand side and repeat to create three woven stitches to reach the centre of the section. Then work three woven stitches from the right-hand side to meet at the centre and join the two centre threads. This will create the next V in the chevron pattern with two lines of woven stitches in thread colour B.
12 Continue working steps 6–11 to repeat the chevron pattern for the desired length. Tie a knot at the bottom of the bracelet to secure the woven design. Divide the thread into three sections – two with three strands and one with two strands and braid to 2 cm before the end. Tie in a knot at the bottom to secure and trim the ends neatly before tying to your wrist or gifting to a friend.
Tah Dah! How ace is that? Now you can go forth and create your own custom designs – why not create wider bracelets, or work in stripes, or even add in more colours, or even go chic with a single shade of thread…the possibilities are endless!
♥ – ♥ – ♥
This is just one of the fun step-by-step bracelet designs from my new book Arm Candy, by Laura Strutt, £9.99, published by Pavilion, Model Photographs by Christina Wilson, Step Photography by Laura Strutt.