As I wait patiently for my sewing machine to arrive, I am spending some time making friendship bracelets! I have made lots before. But the thing is, after a while the bracelets wear out. Therefore, I am currently replenishing friendship bracelet drawer.
I have found that the best string for this type of bracelet is embroidery floss, such as JP Coats or DMC. Most craft stores have a variety of types and colors of embroidery floss. I do have a package of “Friendship Bracelet Floss”, but in the process of making a bracelet the floss gets tension and these strings broke causing me to be unable to finish certain bracelets.
The green/blue one I made using this pattern. It is an Alpha pattern.
Blue/purple/pink bracelet has five strings. I used this normal pattern.
The silver/black bracelet is just a simple stripe.
Friendship-bracelets.net has tons of patterns for these types of bracelets, including Alpha patterns, Kumihimo patterns, and normal patterns. Another website with lots of patterns is braceletbook.com. I prefer Friendship-Bracelets.net, although BraceletBook does have an app.
I made my first Alpha bracelet in January/February. This bracelet is 1.5 inches wide, and is 31 strings across. It took me 2 weeks to make, using every spare moment of my time. It is the simplest type of Alpha bracelet, with just 2 colors. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good camera to take pictures of it before I needed to mail it off as a birthday present.