You might remember making friendship bracelets at summer camp as a young girl or giving them to your best friends as a sacred reminder of your most cherished friendships.  But just like those friendships, handmade friendship bracelets never go out of style.  You’ll have a blast breaking out the embroidery floss and designing your own friendship bracelets for your loved ones all year round.  We’ll go over everything you need to know on how to make the best handmade friendship bracelets.


What Do You Need?

You don’t need much to make a friendship bracelet.  In fact, besides being something handcrafted and packed with memories, the best part of a friendship bracelet is how affordable it is!  All you need are the following supplies:

  • Embroidery floss or thin yarn
  • A pair of scissors
  • Scotch tape or safety pins

You can choose from many different kinds and colors of embroidery floss as long as it’s at least six stranded.  This ensures your bracelet will be thick enough to last.  The scissors will help you trim the floss to the appropriate length, and the scotch tape or pins will help you keep the floss in place while you do your magic.


Getting Started

When it comes to making friendship bracelets by hand, it’s usually recommended that you cut the floss to the length between your shoulder and the tips of your fingers.  This usually works out to around 30-36”.  You’ll begin by taking your strands and tying an overhand knot in the top end.  Use either tape or a pin to keep this knot pinned down to your surface.


Know Your Knots

Each knot consists of two different knots stacked together, and the type of knot you choose controls which direction the knot travels. 

Forward Knot

A forward knot consists of two forward knots stacked together.  In order to make a forward knot, you’ll take the leftmost strand and curl it over the strand to the right, looping it underneath and pulling the knot up toward the top knot.  You’ll do this twice in a row to make a forward knot.

Backward Knot

A backward knot consists of two backward knots stacked together.  The process for this is the reverse of making a forward knot, in that you curl the rightmost strand over the strand to the left and loop it underneath.

Forward-Backward Knot/Backward-Forward Knot

These knots allow you to change the direction in your pattern.  A forward-backward knot is made by doing first a forward knot and then a backward knot, while a backward-forward knot is the opposite.


Choose Your Pattern

The beauty of handmade friendship bracelets is that you can make them in many different patterns, each giving you a unique blend of color and style.  From the classic Candy Stripe to the eye-catching Chevron, each pattern comes with a different set of instructions for making your design. Check out this helpful video below to find out which pattern best suits your style!



Once you’ve finished your pattern, you’ll tie another overhead knot at the bottom end of the bracelet and snip off the rest of the strand.  Voila!  You have your very own handmade friendship bracelet.  Now all you have to do is decide which of your friends gets the honor of this very special token.  Or, keep the party going and make friendship bracelets for all your friends!  They’ll be sure to enjoy the handcrafted beauty that calls to mind the years gone by.