Clean out your fabric closet, and freshen up your accessories drawer at the same time with this stash-busting fabric bracelet tutorial. With a few strips of fabric and a strand of Mix & Mingle beads, I’ll show you how to make braided bracelets that are easy to create with a dreamy bohemian-inspired look.
One of the most fun parts of this how to make braided bracelets project is shopping for Mix & Mingle beads. I especially love the Themed Beads — there are so many fun bead colors and combinations. The second most fun part is choosing coordinating fabrics to go with the fabulous beads.
- Darice Mix & Mingle Beads (I used the Bird Themed Mix & Mingle Beads for this tutorial)
- Fabric (to coordinate with your choice of beads)
- Darice Big Clasp with Hinge and Attached Split Ring
- Needle, Thread, and Scissors
- Darice Washi Tape
Note: I used 100% cotton fat quarters, but if you use a different type of fabric, you might need to adjust the width of the fabric strips to make the right size braid to fit through the Mix & Mingle bead openings.
Note: You can use three of the same fabric, or mix fabrics for each braid. It’s up to you!
Step three: Tape the top of the braid to your work surface with washi tape, and braid the three fabric strands together until they are about 9″ long. Tape the end of the braid to keep it temporarily secure. Repeat process until you have three braids.
Step seven: Take a small strip of fabric (about 1/2″ by 1-1/2″) and wrap one side of the fabric around the grouping of braids and tails. Sew through the fabric and the braids to secure to the fabric strip. Wrap the other side of the fabric strip around the group of braids, and whipstitch around the end of the fabric.
Step eight: Trim tails where fabric wrap ends.
Next, we get to string the beads! Lay the beads out in two groupings to decide the order you want them to be on the necklace.
Note: I found it was easiest to put all the beads onto the strand end at once, and then pull them to the braid, so I didn’t have to pinch and roll the fabric multiple times.
Step ten: Pull the opposite three ends of the braids through the split ring, until the braids are the right length for your bracelet. The clasp adds about 1-1/2″ so, subtract that from your wrist width to get the braid length you will need.
- Petite Bracelet is 7″ — you will need a 5.5″ braid
- Average Bracelet is 7.5″ — you will need a 6″ braid
- Large Bracelet is 8″ — you will need a 6.5″ braid
- Extra Large Bracelet is 8.5″ — you will need a 7″ braid
Note: The fabric will stretch a bit, so it should help with accommodating different wrist sizes.
Step eleven: Finish the braids with the sewing, fabric wrapping process described in steps six through eight.