Wrapped Cord Bracelet

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Wrapped cord bracelets are all the rage, and you can make one or a dozen for yourself with our Beading Technique!
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Tip 1Try using 2 or 3 beads in one row instead of one.
Tip 2Try using different cords such as waxed cotton, leather or p'leather.
Tip 3Cord lengths for bracelets: 1 wrap = 7.5 inch bracelet = 27 inches of cord, 2 wraps = 15 inch bracelet = 42 inches of cord, 3 wraps = 22.5 inch bracelet = 57 inches of cord, 4 wraps = 30 inch bracelet = 72 inches of cord, 5 wraps = 37.5 inch bracelet = 87 inches of cord.
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Step 1

Cut the cord to twice the length of the desired bracelet size PLUS 12 inches. For example, a 7.5-inch bracelet will require 27 inches of cord. Slide a button to the center of the piece. Tie both lengths into an overhand knot beneath the button.

Step 2

If the hole in the button is a bit too small for the cord, cut the cord at an angle to make it easier to string on.

Step 3

Clip the button into a clip board. The clip board will help keep the tension even when making the bracelet.

Step 4

Cut the thread about 8 feet long, thread the needle, slide it to the center to double the thread. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the thread.

Step 5

Tie the thread around the cord on the left using a lark’s head knot. See lark’s head knot technique. Pull the thread taut, move the knot up towards the button.

Step 6

String one bead.

Step 7

Pull the thread under both pieces of cord.

Step 8

Push the bead up betwen the two pieces of cord.

Step 9

Pass back through the bead.

Step 10

Pull the thread taut.

Step 11

String one bead.

Step 12

Push the bead up betwen the two pieces of cord.

Step 13

Pass back through the bead.

Step 14

Pull the thread taut.

Step 15

String one bead.

Step 16

Push the bead up betwen the two pieces of cord.

Step 17

Pass back through the bead.

Step 18

Pull the thread taut.

Step 19

Repeat steps 15–18 until the bracelet is 1/2-inch shorter than the desired length.

Step 20

To finish off the thread, pass the needle under the left cord.

Step 21

Knot around the thread exiting the left side of the last bead.

Step 22

Repeat to create a double knot.

Step 23

Cut the excess thread near the knot. Dab a bit of Hypo-Tube cement onto the knots.

Step 24

If you wish to add a new thread, repeat steps 4–5.

Step 25

Continue adding beads following steps 6–10, until you reach the desired length or need to add another thread.

Step 26

Tie an overhand knot with both pieces of cord directly below the last bead. Pull the knot tight.

Step 27

To create the right size button hole, pinch the two strands of cord together and slip the button in between the cords.

Step 28

Use your fingers to mark the distance on the cord between the last knot and the place where the next knot will go.

Step 29

Tie an overhand knot where you were marking.

Step 30

Test the button hole. Make sure the button fits.

Step 31

If you want to make a bracelet that can be worn at different lengths, continue to make button holes as shown in steps 24-27.

Step 32

Cut excess cord leaving 1/4 inch tail.

Step 33

Congratulations! You have made a beautiful wrapped cord bracelet.

     

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