Today I will show you how to make this amazing friendship bracelet that has a letter ‘v’ pattern within it. This bracelet pattern is a bit more difficult than normal friendship bracelet instructions, so you will need a free afternoon to make this one. If you are still interested, find the illustrated instructions below.
How to Make V Shaped Arrows Friendship Bracelets Illustrated Instructions
Crafts Materials Needed
- Embroidery Floss (preferred) or Yarn
- Optional – Cardboard
- Optional – Doll Pins or Sewing Pins
Measuring the Embroidery Thread for your Bracelets
To measure the lengths of your threads, take a piece and hold it from your hand to your shoulder. This is one arm’s length of thread. However, you need 2 arms lengths for each thread, so just use the first arms length of thread to measure out a 2nd arms length. Look at the picture above to see how I folded the string over to get the 2nd arms length.
Use this first string to measure out 3 more strings. You need 4 different colors for this bracelet.
Find 4 different colors of strings…each 2 arms lengths. Put them each end to end and then smooth them out.
Now fold the threads in half like in the picture above.
We are now going to make a loop at the end to make a clasp type feature to tie the bracelet together after it is done.
Do this by holding the top of the string in a loop and then holding a bit down with your other hand, but keeping your index finger out.
Then take the loop-holding hand and wrap the string around your index finger of the other hand.
Now, with the index finger hand, pinch the circle that was just created on the index finger….pinch it where the threads cross.
Now slip the circle off of the index finger.
Pull the loop through the pinched circle.
This is what my loop looks like.
The Way That is Easiest to Work
Before we start making our friendship bracelet, let me show you the way that I worked on this. I took a cut-out piece of cardboard, 2 pins, and a clip, and put them together like in the picture above. I took the clip and hooked it on the loop…to hold it down. I took the 2 pins to keep strings out of the way while I worked. It worked out AMAZINGLY. I wish I had done this when I was a child, I used to work with just tape and this works so much better.
Okay, now lets start. You should have 8 strings hanging out from the bottom of the loop. Spread them out like I did above…like in a mirror image.
In this project, we will call the strings on the left, the left strings. We will call the strings on the right, the right strings.
It might help you to take some crayons or colored pencils and map out your colors on paper…just the way that I did above, so you don’t get confused.
Now we will start on the left side strings. Put the right-side strings up on the pin to get them out of the way.
On the left side strings, we will go from left to right….so the blue string (string #1) will be the knotting string…in other words, the string that we will be making knots with.
Form a letter ‘L’ with the blue string…as pictured above.
Now tuck the blue string under the yellow string and into gap between blue and yellow string. You are making a knot, think of the way that you tie a knot on your show lace, however in this case, always make sure the knotting string (blue) goes over and then under the string you are knotting over (yellow) before pulling.
Now pull the blue string up until a beautiful blue knot is made. Make sure to hold the yellow string down, and that not other strings get in the way while pulling.
Do the same exact thing over again to make a double knot.
Notice that you made 2 blue knots on the top of the yellow string.
Notice that the blue string is now in place #2.
Now we will knot the blue string over the pink string.
Knot the blue string over the pink string twice to make a double knot.
Now this is what your friendship bracelet will look like now.
Now double knot the blue string over the orange string.
Now this is what your friendship bracelet will look like. You are now done with the left-side strings…for now.
Now take all of the left-side strings and put them on the left pin to get them out of the way.
Fan out the right-side strings in the correct order…in the mirror image that you created in step #9 of this tutorial.
Now we are making knots with the blue string on the right side.
This time, we are going from right to left.
Form a backwards letter ‘L’ with the blue string over the yellow string.
Pull the blue string up over the yellow string, under it and through the gap between the 2 strings. Pull it up and make a blue knot. Do this a second time to make a double knot.
Next we will pull the blue string over the pink string and make 2 blue knots over the pink string.
Here I show you the process of making the blue knots over the pink string.
This is what your bracelet looks like now.
Lets now make the blue knots over the orange string.
This is what your strings look like now. You are now done on the right (typo on the picture above where it says left).
Now we are done with the right side and we have to knot the 2 blue strings together in the middle to make the ‘v’ shape.
Double knot the 2 blue strings together.
This is what your letter ‘v’ shaped arrow shape looks like.
Now lets start all over again but with the yellow string as the knotting string.
Knot over the pink, orange, and blue strings on the left-strings side.
Knot over the pink, orange, and blue strings on the left-strings side. This is what it should look like.
Now put the left-side strings over the pin to get them out of the way.
Now fan out the strings on the right side. We will now double knot the yellow string over the pink, orange, and blue strings on the right side.
After we have done all the right-side knotting, take the yellow string down off the left-side pin and then double knot the right-side yellow string over the left-side yellow string.
Now put the right side strings back on the pin.
Fan out the left side strings…and then double knot the pink strings over the orange, blue, and yellow strings. Then put all of these strings back on the pin.
Take the right side strings down off of the pin and fan them out. Then double knot the pink strings over all of the strings.
Then double knot the 2 pink strings together in the center.
Do the same thing with the orange strings.
Now this is what your string will look like with all four colors done once.
Now just repeat again and again and again until you are sick of it.
When you have gotten enough done to cover most of the front of the bracelet. You can then…braid the left side of the strings….the braid the right side of the strings … so you have only 2 strings now. Then you can tie the 2 strings around the loop for a closed clasped- bracelet.
I hope that you enjoyed this craft!!
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