If you get Martha Stewart Living Magazine, you may have seen the awesome braided bracelet in the August 2010 issue.
I was immediately intrigued by this project and couldn’t wait to try to make my own.
The braiding on this bracelet is a bit tricky, but after a few tries I figured it out. Here’s the directions page scanned from MSL:
You can also use this link to see the details of the pictures I scanned and to print out the directions for making a braided bracelet.
Use this link to watch a video of how to make this bracelet.
First I measured my wrist and added extra length for a snap. I made my bracelet 1 1/2 inches wide.
Then I cut two slits leaving an inch uncut at each end.
Now comes the tricky part. Pull the bottom through the right side.
Don’t worry, it is supposed to be twisted!
I attempted to take pictures of the next steps but couldn’t hold the braid and take the picture at the same time. Refer to the sketches above as I explain.
Pull the bottom through the left side and then braid right, left, right.
Then pull the bottom through the right side and braid left, right, left.
Do you see a pattern here?
Finally, pull the bottom through the left side and straighten out the braid.
MSL made holes with an awl and used embroidery thread to join the ends, but I got fancy and used a snap.
I love the braided bracelet that I made and am looking forward to making another one using leather.