These simple leather cords wrapped with beads are a bit of a sensation, and fun variations of them are showing up all over the place. All you need to make your own wrap bracelet are a few simple materials and some time to wind! Here are a few of my favorite leather wrap bracelet tutorials:
This simplified, short version from FusionBeads.com uses the now-classic technique of winding a row of pearls between two cords,
but the project goes much faster when you make it to a standard bracelet length.
Artbeads.com also has a leather wrap bracelet tutorial,
in both a short and long version, inspired by mother-daughter jewelry. There are no photos with the tutorial,
but the instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow.
And then there’s the chic cheater version.
This really inventive wrap bracelet design by Honestly…WTF uses plumber’s chain instead of loose beads,
and brightly colored linen cord. The results look almost identical,
but there’s no need to get out the needle and Fireline!
If you need a little extra help getting started with your own wrap bracelet,
there are also lots of video tutorials that show you, step-by-step, how to make them.
My personal favorite is this 7-inch wrap bracelet tutorial from Auntie’s Beads,
which covers every step of the process. Don’t forget to check out the blooper reel!
For a more vegan-friendly version, Tracy from the Make Bracelets Blog has a wrap bracelet variation using Irish linen instead of leather.
She recommends using 12 ply waxed Irish linen, or doubled 7 ply cord for the foundation.
Have you already made some of these wrap bracelets? What kinds of beads do you like to use in them?
Update: Check out the expanded wrap bracelet tutorials for even more projects and ideas!
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