Braid and Chain Friendship Bracelets

September 9, 2014Allison Murray
This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

I’ve been all about trying to find new ways to make an old classic… the friendship bracelet. Because, to be honest, I feel like an idiot walking around in my thirties with a tied on friendship bracelet. So in an effort to dress it up a bit and make it slightly more age appropriate I added chain. And because I’m into chunky stuff right now I did that, too!

And guess what! If you want to a bracelet like this one, you can buy my kit inspired by this lovely bracelet over at Darby Smart. It’s reasonably priced and has FREE shipping. Can’t beat that with a stick, can ya?

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

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Make three equally sized groups of floss mixed with the three colors. It may be easier to tape of each of the three separately before taping down to your work surface to steady it.

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

Tightly braid the floss to make the base for your bracelet.

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

Braid more length than you think you’ll need, just to be safe! Tape off the ends to secure while we continue working on the bracelet.

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

Thread a needle with your favorite color of the three flosses and tie a knot on the underside.

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

Stitch the chain onto the braid by making several passes in between the connecting pieces. Pull the chain taut as you work to keep consistent spacing. 2-3 stitches in between each should be good!

Test the length as you go and when you’re happy with it (the tasseled ends will NOT count in the length of the bracelet, just the chain area).

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

Apply a dot of glue under the first and last stone to keep in place and glue to the end just above where your chain ends.

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

While the glue is still wet, wrap floss around to hold tight and neatly finish. Allow to dry and trim the excess floss as closely as possible. Unbraid both ends and trim the ends to match in length and form the tassels.

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

On one end thread a jump ring through the underside of the bracelet and glue into place (turn the opening for the ring into the threads first for best results).

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

Into the opposing end stitch a lobster clasp. Secure with a dot of glue if you choose.

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

And there she is!

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

I’m really, really digging this bracelet and it’s become one of my go to faves!

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

And the colors seem to work with a whole ton of outfits which is nice, too! Now let’s check out my kit at Darby Smart, shall we?

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

There are small differences but I just know you’ll love making and wearing this version! Plus you can’t beat the price or free shipping! So go on over and get it now! (please and thanks!)

This is a friendship bracelet all grown up and it's so pretty! Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger and get the kit it inspired at Darby Smart!

And wear your adult version of the friendship bracelet with pride!

Comments (1)

  • MissLN

    October 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Love this, it’s wonderful!
    Bravo

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