These free friendship bracelet patterns will show you how to make bracelets with zig-zags, Chinese ladder knots, chevrons, braids, twists, and many other kinds of designs. There are ones perfect for a beginner or children, and other patterns that are great for someone a little ambitious or wanting to make a more sophisticated friendship bracelet.
Friendship bracelets are traditionally made out of embroidery floss, but you'll find all sorts of variations in these tutorials, including bracelets made out of yarn, leather cord, fabric scraps, and other interesting materials. There are also a lot of ways to embellish them with items like tassels and even rhinestones.
It's an easy craft with quick results and before you know it, you'll find that you've made a whole armful of them.
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Here's a Chinese Ladder (also called a Chinese Staircase) friendship bracelet pattern that creates an interesting twisted design using just one simple knot. You can make these with as many different colors of thread as you'd like, to get a more colorful effect. This pattern may look difficult but it's actually pretty straightforward and great for the beginner bracelet maker.
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A jellyfish friendship bracelet pattern is used to make this pretty seven-strand bracelet. Instructions include how to use a paper wheel to make it. It comes together in a unique way and when you look at your dangling threads, you'll realize why it's called the jellyfish bracelet. There's even a free file included if you'd like to make your own wheel with your cutting machine.
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There are three free friendship bracelets here including alternating half hitch, five-braid (which is shown here), and diagonal bracelets. These go from easiest to most challenging but there are plenty of pictures and directions that show you just how to do it. Give one or all of them a try. One of the tutorials here shows you how to make a loop for a bracelet that can be used to apply to any of the patterns.
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These friendship bracelets are made out of fabric scraps instead of floss. It's a great way to reuse scraps that you'd normally throw away. These are constructed in a similar fashion to traditional friendship bracelets, but jewelry end caps are used to keep everything together and those raw edges tidy.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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This zig-zag friendship bracelet pattern is a perfect project for someone looking to create something a little more interesting than your average bracelet. The colors are selected in graduating shades or analogous colors to create the effect of a 3D ribbon. This pattern is very well explained and tips on working with the strands and finishing the bracelet are included.
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This friendship bracelet pattern creates a diagonal effect and is a great choice for someone making a bracelet like this for the first time. You could really change the colors in the bracelet to create a unique look. Creating an ombre pattern wold really add a nice modern touch.
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Take your friendship bracelet making skills to the next level with this free pattern that weaves in a string of jewels while you're making it. It creates a bracelet that looks grown-up and can even be worn to the office or a night out.
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This free friendship bracelet pattern uses old T-shirts as the floss for them instead of the traditional embroidery floss. You'll first need to make T-shirt yarn, which is a quick and easy process. You then use the yarn to wrap and weave it around bangle bracelets. If you like this style, there's also a free pattern to make a headband in the same way.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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This friendship bracelet pattern uses three colors of embroidery floss to make a simple braid. Alphabet letters and beads are added in the middle of the bracelet to put a twist on the traditional. A button is added as a nice alternative to a simple knot closure. Since these bracelets are only braided, this is a great project for a younger crafter.
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This friendship bracelet pattern makes a chevron design that can be used to make the bracelets as narrow or as wide as you like. After you've learned to make the bracelet you'll learn how to add an optional tassel, rhinestones, and metal closures. These all elevate the bracelet making it a great choice for older teens and adults.
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These unique friendship bracelets are made with baker's twine to get a chunky two-color look that will make you think of a day out at the beach. Since the twine is already twisted with each strand having two colors, half the work is already done for you. A simple braid and an optional knot make for a quick finished project that you can wear right away.
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Another way to elevate your friendship bracelets is by using leather cord instead of embroidery floss. This pattern is a four-strand round braid style that you can use to make a multi-colored bracelet or one all the same color. A video is also included to help you with your creation.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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This free pattern is for a Chinese ladder friendship bracelet, alternating between three colors. It's a great choice for someone new to bracelet making. A unique part of this pattern is the braid added to both ends before it's tied around a wrist. It makes for a neat and interesting finish.
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These friendship bracelets are made with just two basic macrame knots. This tutorial shows you how to make designs like stripes, chevrons, and diamonds. There are also some tips on how to end your friendship bracelets for a unique look.
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These modern friendship bracelets are loosely based on a traditional bracelet. A string of floss is tied to a clasp and then you can add any beads of your choice. Consider adding some basic knots in between the beads for a spin on the traditional style.
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Here's another friendship bracelet pattern that uses a different material than floss. This one uses inexpensive yarn and a cardboard disk to keep track of all the threads. It creates a fun jellyfish bracelet that's great for all ages. This would be a great summer camp project or a fun activity at a slumber party.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Create a seven-strand friendship bracelet easily with this tutorial. Directions include using a recycled plastic lid to help you keep track of where all your floss is. The result is a cute friendship bracelet that anyone would want to wear.
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Here's a pattern for a chevron friendship bracelet made out of two colors. These instructions are clear and each step is easy to see and understand. Included are directions on how to make a loop for one end and a braided tie for the other.