Gift-Worthy Wrap Bracelets
By Lady DIY
With the holiday (and gift-giving) season approaching, I wanted to share a simple craft that makes the perfect gift—wrap bracelets are trending and popping up all over! This is a great craft to work on at the end of the day or while you’re waiting at your kiddos sports practice or after school activity. I purchased all of my supplies at my local Jo-Ann’s—with most items being on sale and my 20% off coupon, this bracelet cost about $5 to make.
Leather Cord (approximately 1.5 yards)
Jewelry Glue (I used Beadalon’s Bead Fix)
Sewing Thread in a coordinating color (I used a heavier thread for use with denim)
- Decide on the desired length of your bracelet. Fold the leather cord in half and wrap it around your wrist to get an idea of how long it needs to be and how many times you want it to wrap around your wrist. I wanted my bracelet to wrap three times around my wrist, and 1.5 yards (folded in half) gave me enough length, plus a little extra. My finished bracelet is about 20” long.
- Holding the cut ends of the leather cord together, find the half-way point. At the half-way point, tie a knot, leaving a large enough hole that your button can fit through. This will be the “clasp” for your completed bracelet.
- Thread the sewing needle with sewing thread. You’ll want to double the string so that it has a little more strength than a single thread. Start with about 18-24” of working thread (too much longer leads to tangles). I pushed the needle and thread through the knot to start.
- Start with the thread underneath the right cord. Bring the thread around and over the top of the right cord. Now go underneath the left cord and bring the thread around and over the top of the left cord. You’ll end back under the right cord. You are essentially making a figure 8 around the two leather cords. Repeat this step about 5-6 times. Pull the thread taut.
- Continue the figure 8 around the two cords, but now you’ll add on a bead. Starting underneath the right cord, bring the thread around and over the top of the right cord. Add a bead. Now go under the left cord, and then up and around the left cord. Go back through the bead. Go under the right cord.
- Repeat step 5 until you reach the desired length of your bracelet. Pull your thread taut (but not too tight) after each bead.
- When you come to the end of your thread and need to add more—simply tie on another 18-24” of thread. I put a dab of jewelry glue on the knot to help secure it.
- Once you reach the desired length for your bracelet, repeat step 4—continue the figure 8 around the two cords, but don’t add any more beads. Pull the thread taut.
- Thread the button onto the two cords and the remaining thread. Tie a knot to secure the button. Cut off the extra leather cord and thread.
- I like to add a drop of jewelry glue to that last knot in the leather cord to keep everything nice and secure. I also add a drop to the two sections of “figure 8 thread” from Step 4.
A few helpful tips:
- Feel free to mix it up and use different colors or different types of beads on your bracelet! Just make sure that your beads are about the same size so that the spacing between the two leather cords remains consistent.
- Use the jewelry glue sparingly—a little goes a long way! Too much glue will make the leather brittle and more likely to break over time. SP
Lady DIY lives in Rocklin and stays at home with her three boys. When she’s not busy with DIY projects around the house, she enjoys gardening, fitness and living the glamorous life of a baseball/soccer/football mom.