Friday, April 19, 2013

{Leather & Stone Bracelet}

 Hey, y'all!  Today I have a little bracelet tutorial to share with you.  Nothing fancy, but something you might like to wear with jeans and a t-shirt or maybe a boho-chic sundress.  :)
You only need two materials for this bracelet.
Yes, I know the picture has three things in it, but you only need two.  (I think I've already told y'all before that I craft by the seat of my pants, and I don't always use everything I start with or either I add something.)  You need round leather lace and beads--I chose the dark brown leather lace and the square stone beads pictured above.  Start by cutting a length of the cord.  My wrist is 6", and I ended up using a 27" length of cord.  (I *think* you can use the measurement of your wrist, add eight, and then double that measurement to get the length you'll need, but I can't promise that will work.)
Take the length of cord, fold it in half, and knot the end to create a loop.  This will become part of the closure to your bracelet.
Then create a knot a few inched from the first one.  I held the closure where I planned to wear it on my wrist and wrapped the cord around the top of my wrist.  I tied the knot where I wanted my beads to start.
Follow the steps in this next photo to secure your bead.
After you've completed the steps above, pull the cord tight.
At this point your bracelet will look like the one in the photo above.  Next, just thread another bead on the piece of cord that wasn't threaded through the last bead and repeat the above steps.  When you have as many beads as you want on the bracelet, tie a regular knot after the last bead.
Then tie a knot at the end of your bracelet.  You may need to tie a knot and then a knot over that to make the end large enough so that it won't slip out of the loop when you wear it.  All that's left then is the wearin'!
I used neutral colors on this, which is really not like me, but I can see me wearing this during the summer with jeans and a T-shirt  (Not to self: don't make a fist next time you're "modeling" a bracelet because you will scare people with your Hulk-like veins...)
I think there are a lot of possibilities with this, though.  Black leather cord and pearls or iridescent beads would be really pretty.
Or the brown leather cord with blue and white beads would be cute.  What do you think?  Would you wear this?  Do you have any bead and leather combos you think would look good together?

You can find my other DIY bracelet tutorials {HERE}.


  1. Sweet. Loving your clear and simple tutorial...if I tried to explain this, no one would have a clue!

  2. so beautiful, yet so simple. I love it!

  3. Such an adorable bracelet. Is 72 too old to wear this? Hope not as I really love how this looks. Seems pretty simple to make and can use so many variations. I love the one you made, looks really pretty and would go with anything.
    Great tutorial Bethany, thanks for sharing. I want to make some for my granddaughters. They're 13 and 16 so think this is something they'd wear. Have to find out from their Mom what size their wrists are. Happy days

  4. love this!! you are so talented Bethany!

  5. Bethany - Can you please tell me approximately how big those square beads are? Would you happen to know how many mm? I'm very new to this, but I love this - it's just what I was looking for.

    1. Hi, Angela! The beads are approximately 6mm. Hope that helps some! :)

    2. That helps a lot - Thank you!!!


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