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Posted by Vickie Howell on February 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM in General CraftsTutorial
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Much like the Friendship Pins featured in a previous installment of Craft Apparent, Friendship Bracelets are a crafty staple in a kid's social life.  Making and trading these treasures encourages our children to place value on putting time, thought and effort into gift giving.

There are many different methods of making Friendship Bracelets but in my humble opinion, Japanese Braiding (aka "Kumihimo") is the simplest and most instantly gratifying of all of the techniques.  Since fast & easy= good and setting kids up for creative success is key, this craft is a win-win in my book!

Materials
Cardboard Piece
Cup (Any Size)
Pencil or Pen
Scissors
Various Colors of Yarn Scraps
Measuring Tape

How-To Make Bracelet
  • You'll need a braiding disk before you can get started.  To make your own, trace around a cup onto cardboard.  Cut circle out; poke a hole in the center, and cut 8 slits, evenly around.
  • Measure wrist then cut 7 strands of yarn (in desired colors) that are at least double that measurement.  Hold strands together; poke them through the center hole of the disk.  Leaving a 2" tail, tie a knot to keep the yarn in place.  
Japanese Braiding Tutorial
How-To Japanese Braiding

  • Place yarn strands in 7 of the 8 slots of your disk.  Turn the empty slot to the bottom.
  • Move the third string from the empty slot, into the empty slot.
  • Rotate disk so the empty slot is on the bottom.

Underside View of Set-up
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  • Repeat the last 3 steps until cord is the desired length.  Remove strings from disk.
  • Knot the 2 ends of the cord to create bracelet.

Kumihimo Friendship Bracelets


Keep in mind, Japanese Braiding is a portable craft so your son or daughter can make bracelets in front of the TV, while waiting in the doctors office, or in the backseat of a car.

Special thanks to the Craft Yarn Council and the Weavers of Orlando, for sharing this technique with me!

xx,
Vickie

3 Comments

Tracey writes...

Hi Vickie. Hope you get this message. Love your work!

Carol Servulo writes...

I just love to comment on that website,
i'm glad to see green stuff in san mateo area,
and i'm going to offer to all my friends in san francisco
most it's cleaning business,

thanks,

Carol

Carol Servulo writes...

I just love to comment on that website,
i'm glad to see green stuff in san mateo area,
and i'm going to offer to all my friends in san francisco
most it's cleaning business,

thanks,

Carol

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