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Leather wrap bracelet

Wearable, wraparound bracelet combines simplicity and charm
Leather wrap bracelet single wrap

When I was gathering the supplies to make these Chan Luu-style leather bracelets, Dawn Sklare from Chelsea’s Beads offered me a few pointers. She told me large-hole beads are a must, and to use an extra strand of beads and two cards of silk cord for a triple-wrap bracelet. By tying the ends of the silk cord together and anchoring the knot under the first bead, you can make an extra-long bracelet that can also serve as a necklace.

Read through the project instructions below, or click here to download the free project PDF.

Supplies

  • 15–30 mm button with shank
  • 1–2 16-in. (41 cm) strands 4–6 mm large-hole beads
  • 1–2 cards silk beading cord with attached needle, size 2
  • 24–52 in. (.61–1.3 m) 2–4 mm round leather cord
  • twisted-wire beading needle
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Pendant, brass spacers, and copper spacers from Hands of the Hills, 206.232.4588, hohbead.com.

Purple glass rondelles from Rings & Things, 800.366.2156, rings-things.com.

Green ceramic rectangle beads from Clay River Designs, 303.849.5234, clayriverdesigns.com.

Large-hole pearls from Chelsea’s Beads, 847.433.3451, chelseasbeads.com

Mermaid button from Green Girl Studios, 828.298.2263, greengirlstudios.com.

Leather cord from Leather Cord USA, 877.700.2673, leathercordusa.com

Tumbled glass toggle button from Glass Garden Beads, 507.645.0301, glassgardenbeads.com.

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Step 1
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Step 2
Leather wrap bracelet single-wrap

1. Cut a piece of leather. Center a button on the cord. With both ends, tie an overhand knot next to the button.

2. String a twisted-wire needle on the end of a silk cord without the attached needle. Center a bead on the silk cord. Center the strung bead between the leather cords near the button. Bring each end of the silk cord around the leather cords and up through the middle. To anchor the bead, string each end of the silk cord through the bead in opposite directions.

Tip!
 Cutting cord: 
  • For a single-wrap bracelet, cut a 24-in. (61 cm) piece of leather cord.
  • For a double-wrap bracelet, cut a 40-in. (1 m) piece.
  • For a triple-wrap bracelet, cut a 52-in. (1.3 m) piece.
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Step 3
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Step 4

3. Bring each end of the silk cord around the leather cords and up through the middle again. String the silk cord in opposite directions through the next bead, Pull the ends of the silk cord to tighten it.

4. Continue stringing beads as in step 3 until your bracelet is within 3 in. (7.6 cm) of the finished length. String the silk cord through the last bead again, and tie two or three surgeon’s knots to anchor the bead. Apply glue to the knots and trim the excess silk cord. The knot may or may not slip inside the last bead.

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Step 5

5. With both ends of the leather cord, tie an overhand knot next to the last bead. Tie another overhand knot to form a loop to accommodate the button. Trim the excess leather.

Leather wrap bracelet
Double-wrap bracelet and triple-wrap bracelet
Leather wrap bracelet triple wrap

Double-wrap bracelet

Follow step 1 of the single-wrap bracelet.

With an overhand knot, tie together the non-needle ends of two silk cords. Apply glue to the knot. Trim the excess silk cord. Center a bead over the knot.                  

Anchor the bead as in step 2 of the single-wrap bracelet. Follow steps 3 through 5 of the single-wrap bracelet. 

Triple-wrap bracelet

Follow step 1 of the single-wrap bracelet.

With an overhand knot, tie together the non-needle ends of two silk cords. Trim the excess silk cord. Apply glue to the knot. Center a bead over the knot.                 

Anchor the bead as in step 2 of the single-wrap bracelet. Follow steps 3 through 5 of the single-wrap bracelet. 

Tip!
If the shank of the button is too small to accommodate the leather cord, attach two 5–6 mm jump rings to the shank and center the jump rings on the cord.
Leather wrap bracelet tip
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