DIY Bracelet – Tutorial for chain and suede bracelet
Another DIY bracelet using chain and suede? Yes, that’s right this is the 4th one in the series and I still have lots of ideas on how to create new patterns and styles. This DIY bracelet binds to pieces of chain together by doing a variation of the simple shoe lace cross.
– About 14 inches / 36 cm chain . I’m using 10×7 mm size chain.
– about 21 inches / 54 cm of suede lace. I’m using 3mm width lace.
– Some jump rings and a clasp to finish off the ends.
DIY Bracelet tutorial instructions:
- Start off by measuring and cutting the length of your chain for your bracelet. I’ve cut the chain for the standard 7 inch bracelet here. But for your personal perfect length, measure the circumference of your own wrist then add half an inch.
- Next is the measuring and cutting the length of your suede lace. The length should be 3 times the length of your bracelet. So in my tutorial here I’ve measured it for 21 inches since I’m planning to have a 7 inch bracelet.
- Lay your 2 chains next to each other. Take your suede lace and loop and tighten it around the 2 inner loops of the 2 chain pieces to bind them together. It if you like you can tie a knot to make it extra section, but I find just looping it through is enough. Make sure both ends of the lace are the same length.
- Creating this cross style bracelet is very much like lacing your shoelaces. Take the 2 ends and cross them and thread them forward through the next chain link.
- You basically repeat this alternation the direct you thread through (front to back, or back to front) to create this ‘X’ stitch. My photo tutorial between steps 5 to 8 show the exact movement of how the strands are woven for a little more detail.
- Once you come to the end of your chain, snip off the excess end of lace and secure ends by tying off and gluing the ends down with a hot glue gun.
- Add jump rings and clasps to finish off the bracelet.