Leather + Thread Wrapped Bracelet DIY – a year of handmade gift

Here is part 2 of my nephew Conrad’s birthday gift. I gave him two more bracelets using the same technique to make both of them. The diy tutorial is below. These were fun and so easy to make.  My boys (8 and 9) were so excited they demanded I make them some too.  So, more fun bracelets to come.  This alternating leather and thread one is my favorite.
Here is a bracelet of just the embroidery thread in alternating colors.  I shortened and lengthened the white thread section to create a pattern.
I like the leather wrapped one together with the beaded bracelet I show you how to make here.
Well, really . . . yes, you know it . . . I like all three of them together.
This gift for Conrad, one of the cutest six year olds I know, is part of my commitment to make only handmade gifts this year.  I think they are a lot of boyish fun.  Also, they are perfect for those girls that are not so girly.  For more handmade gift ideas, check out my year of handmade gallery here or by clicking below.

If you’re looking for more girly, glammy bracelets, check out my gallery of jewelry for girls (or women!) here.

Here is the diy tutorial for the wrap bracelets:

Materials:
Leather or faux leather rope

Thin leather cord
Embroidery thread (DMC 5)
Make a loop with your leather cord.

Twist the loop and tie a knot.  Trim some of the excess from the end, leaving about 1/4 coming from the knot.

Bring the end of the leather cord alongside the leather rope.

Start wrapping the leather cord around the leather rope and its own tail that you’ve held along the bracelet.

When you reach the desired number of wraps, twist and loop the leather cord such that the part coming from the bracelet  is on top of the twist.   Tighten around the bracelet at the bottom of the wraps.  This I call a “locking loop.”  Trim the excess on the end piece.

Next,  start the embroidery thread section the same way, holding the end of the thread against the bracelet and wrapping the thread around both the leather cord and the leather rope.

Wrap the thread until section is desired length, pushing the wraps against the beginning of the bracelet. Then, lock that section with a locking loop (as above.)  Trim the excess on the end piece of thread.

For each section of leather and for each section of thread, keep the number of wraps consistent.

Do a locking loop at the end of each section.

This is what the leather looks like locked.

Repeat these alternating wrapped sections until desired length. Lock the last wrapped section a number of times.

Make two knots at the end with the cord, the rope and the thread together.  Two knots will allow for varying lengths of bracelet.  Trim the ends.

Finis!

I think all three of my Conrad gifts are fabulous.  You can also make wrapped bracelets with a locking loop the entire way. A lot of folks do it that way. This puts a little bump, which is the twist, in the thread or cord, but it makes a cool pattern in the bracelet if you do that way consistently.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I just think jewelry looks cool on boys.  My boys really like the idea of adding the football as a prop – even cooler!

Hope you all have a happy making weekend.  The next finger-knitting project in my 5 Fabulous Finger-Knitting Projects is next.  Its a good’un and is a flashback to something very special that I wanted when I was 7 myself.  I think that was 1979, so prepare yourselves!
  1. Wonderful! I like the nice and easy part and it is truly unisex. It’s hard to find a bracelet tutorial that will suit the guys too!

    http://www.beadinggem.com

    • anne

      Thanks so much Pearl! I noticed too, that I needed to provide something more for the boys ;).

  2. Anonymous

    great post. where can i find the materials for the leather + thread wrapped bracelet? thx you!

    • anne

      thanks! I got both sizes of leather cord at Joann Fabrics in the trim section. You can find the embroidery thread there, too.

  3. Anonymous

    how many millimeters is the “thin leather cord” that you used?

    • anne

      Hi! Ack! I wish I could remember. It was pretty small. I don’t have my records about it anymore. It doesn’t really matter other than that it should wind easily and have the look that you want. sorry.

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