I LOVE DIY!
My awesome friend sent me a link to this great blog that had a DIY post about making your own woven chain link bracelets and I had to try it out for myself. I love crafty things, so I was super excited to try my hand at it! Personally, I’m going to make a bajillion of them and wear them with EVERYTHING!!
This is my valentine’s day version of a woven chain link bracelet with red and light pink thread, I hope you’ll try it out! It’ll make a great gift for your friends to show them how much you love them! Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be only for your significant other…friends and family deserve some love too!!
1. Chain or Curb link bracelet
(I made my own with some chain and some toggle closures – you can find all the materials at your local craft store or online)
2. Embroidery or Craft Thread
(You’ll need at least two bundles of each color if you’re using two colors like I did)
3. Two Bobby Pins
(Regular sized ones, don’t go out and buy them if you don’t have any on hand, just use a paperclip or something that you can fold into the same shape as a bobby pin)
(Not shown in the picture below but you’ll need it to cut the thread into individual strands and cut the ends at the end to make it pretty and neat)
(Dexterous hands are a necessity with this)
Step 1: Gather and Organize Required Materials
You will need to cut and organize two bundles of thread, each bundle consisting of 15 strands. Here for example, I’m using 15 strands of red and 15 strands of light pink). Each strand must be approximately 4 times the length of the chain link part of the bracelet. You don’t need to be too precise with it because you’ll leave some slack on the bottom and the top as decoration in the end.
Step 2: Tie the two bundles together
Bring the two bundles of thread together, and make a knot at the top leaving 1-2 inches of slack sticking out. Divide the two bundles into their respective colors, and contain each bundle with a bobby pin.
Step 3: Weave the Right Bundle Into the Chain
Step 4: Pull the Right Bundle Through the Chain
Pull the bobby pin all the way through the chain until it brings the white bundle through the chain. Pull the entire length of the white bundle through the chain loop as shown. Make sure to keep both bundles to the left of the chain at all times.
Step 5: Repeat Same Process with Red/Left Bundle
Pull the white/right bundle to the left after you pull it through the chain and make sure to hold the red/left bundle over the white bundle that has just been pull through the chain. With the red bundle, also use the bobby pin as a guide, and pull it from under the same chain that you just pulled the white bundle through and pull the entire length of the red bundle through the loop. It should look as shown below.
Step 6: Bring White Bundle Over Red Bundle, Repeat Step 3
Step 7: Bring White Bundle To the Left After Pulling Through Loop in Chain
Using the bobby pin on the white bundle as your guide, bring the bobby pin through the second chain link from below and pull the entire length of the thread through the hole just as you did in previous steps.
Step 8: Bring Red Bundle over White Bundle and Repeat Step 5
Once you finish moving the white bundle over to the left side after bringing it through the second chain loop, cross the red bundle over the white bundle, and using the bobby pin on the red bundle as your guide, thread it under the chain link you just threaded the white bundle through and pull the entire length of the bundle through the loop and bring it to the left again.
Step 9: Repeat Steps 3 – 8 Until You Finish the Last Chain Link
Repeat the steps seen above for each chain link, looping the white first and then the red until you reach the bottom of the chain as seen below. Then bring the red strand to the left one last time and knot both strands together to the left of the chain.
Step 10: Knot the Bottom and Trim the Ends
After you knot the bottom two bundles together to the left of the chain, make sure to cut off the excess because you will have some left over at the bottom. Cut the top to mach the length of the bottom annnnnnd YOU’RE DONE!
I had sooooo much fun making my first ever DIY tutorial!!! There will be more to come for sure!!
I hope you’ll try making this woven chain link bracelet for valentine’s day!! I think it’s super cute and on trend for the spring/summer!!
Have a great Super Bowl Sunday everyone!!
~ Deb ~