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Budget Kid Fashion Craft – Embroidery Floss Bracelets

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


This simple, age-old craft idea of making woven or braided bracelets from differently colored embroidery floss threads is demonstrated in the videos below by a charming, well-spoken girl. The instructional videos are from and are also available to view on YouTube. These homemade woven bracelets have fallen in and out of style in America since the Flower Power era of the 1960s, and today, are again in vogue.

Inexpensive and easy to make (once you get the hang of it—the transfer back and forth of threads from one finger to another is a bit tricky at first), these bracelets are easy for adults to make, and while perhaps a small challenge in the beginning, excellent for children to make and use them as gifts for friends and family or to wear them themselves all year long. A great arts & craft activity for homeschoolers, Girl or Boy Scouts, Sunday School class, or other youth groups.

With pre-teens and high schoolers, these are cheap-but-cool fashion accessories. My daughter made a number of these bracelets last year—using natural-hued hemp yarn—for herself, her brother, and male and female friends. However, her brother wore his through out the summer, even when training for the school swim team, and consequently, the poor bracelet disintegrated from the chlorinated water. But in less than half an hour, Sister made him another to replace it. These bracelets remind me of the popular woven styles of the 1970s when I was in high school.

Although not demonstrated here in the videos, a few beads or charms, or a few small seashells with drilled pinholes, can be added to the embroidery floss as it is being woven. Experiment, using these instructional videos as creative springboards.

This budget craft project is also a soothing diversion to occupy older children when on long car rides or when in bed with the flu or other illness.


How to Make a 5-Strand Woven Bracelet
Running time: 5:22
How to Make a Chinese Staircase Bracelet

Running time: 3:26






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