Happy second week in January!  How are we doing on those New Year’s resolutions?

I don’t really set any, but I am determined to watch as many of the football playoff games as possible (I really love a good challenge, LOL).  There were some decent games over the weekend, but nothing really surprising.  The higher seeded home teams won all 4 of their games, and they won big (by a combined 76 points).

Of course the game I enjoyed the most was the Green Bay Packers defeating the New York Giants by a score of 38-13.  If you didn’t see the game, you missed another amazing Hail Mary by Aaron Rodgers on the last play of the first half.  The Packers are HOT, have now won 7 straight, and are headed to Dallas next weekend.

But enough about me!

On to today’s real topic.  I’m doing one more DIY team spirit bracelet for you.

And this time I’m adding a surprise ingredient from the hardware store, and an adjustable closing!  If you missed the first two, you can see them here (Bracelet 1 and Bracelet 2)

9g-finished

Let’s get started:

Step 1 – The Supplies

 You can find all of these things at your local craft store or hardware store

  • 3 skeins of Embroidery thread in your favorite team colors
    • can add white or black as a 3rd color if needed
  • Flat washer (find one that is lightweight and very smooth)
  • Sharp scissors (not shown)
  • A ruler (not shown)
  • Tape (not shown)
  • Household glue (I used Elmers)

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Step 2 –Measure and Cut the thread

  • Cut two 18” lengths of each thread – you’ll have 6 threads total

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Step 3 – Separate into 2 groups, insert through washer

  • Separate the threads into 2 groups – one of each color in each group
  • Align the ends of each group
  • Set one group aside
  • Take the other group and pull it halfway through the hole in the washer

Step 4 –Anchor the washer and lay out the threads

  • Tape the washer to your work surface
  • Spread your strings apart, keeping the 2 threads of each color together

Step 5 – Determine braid measurements

a) Start with your normal bracelet measurement (check out these instructions if you need help)

b) Subtract 1” to allow room for the sliding knot

c) Measure the width of your washer

d) Subtract the washer measurement from the result of b)

e) Divide that result by 2, to get the length of each braid

Example:

  • I wear a 6.5” bracelet
  • Subtracting 1” I get 5.5”
  • My washers are 1/2” wide
  • Subtracting that from 5.5”, I get 5”
  • Dividing by 2, I get 2.5” for each of the braids

 

 Step 6 – Braid

  • Start braiding by bringing the right side threads over the middle threads (yellow over white).
  • Then bring the left side threads over the middle threads (green over yellow)
  • Repeat this process to braid (right side to the middle, then left side to the middle)
  • TIP: keep the braid even by holding all of the threads in your hands, and keeping a good grip on them as you braid (lightly pull on the braid, and the tape will hold it in place)
    6d
  • Continue until you reach the braid length determined in step 5
    6e
  • Tie a knot at the end of the braid
    6f

Step 7 – The second braid

  • Remove the tape holding down the washer
  • Take the second group of threads and pull it halfway through the washer
    7a
  • Tape the washer back down to your work surface
    7b
  • Repeat step 6 for the second braid
  • Remove the tape from the washer, and set it aside

Step 8 – The Sliding knot or Slip knot

  • Lay the bracelet out as shown below, overlapping the loose threads at the end of each braid
    8a
  • Cut a piece of thread about 12” long (choose any color)
    8b
  • Lay one end of the new thread on top of the loose ends of the braids (keep them overlapping). Well call this the “bundle”
    8c
  • Create a small loop with the new thread
    8d
  • Take the loose end of the new thread and wrap it under and then over the bundle
  • Continue to wrap this thread around the bundle about 10 times, working closer to the loop you created each time you wrap
  • Take the end you’ve been wrapping around, and push it through the loop
  • Pull on both ends of the wrapping thread, so the loop is snug against the wrapped thread
  • Trim the ends, and put some glue on each cut end to prevent them from fraying
  • OR for a cleaner look, tie a knot in the 2 ends before gluing and trimming the ends

Step 9 – Adjust your bracelet to Length

  • Slip the bracelet over your hand, and pull on the loose threads to tighten to the desired size
  • Slide your fingers under the bracelet, and spread them out to loosen the bracelet just enough to slide it over your hand
    9c
  • Tie a knot on each of the loose ends about 1” from the sliding knot, then trim off the excess.
  • Your bracelet is now ready to wear!
    9g-finished

I realize this bracelet is a little more labor intensive than the others I’ve shared, but I love being able to adjust the size, and hope you do too!

I made my bracelets in Green, Gold and White because who doesn’t need more lucky jewelry in Green Bay Packers colors?

What colors will you use? Comment below and let me know!

Until next week,

Carrie

P.S.  It’s cold in most parts of the country, so check back in coming weeks for some team spirit projects designed to keep you warm, in your favorite team colors!

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