Recently I found a little leather wrap bracelet at a craft store in the jewelry section which was nice on its own, but I wanted to do something to dress it up a little. I decided to try some simple bands of color wrapped around it using embroidery thread.
Here’s all I used:
A $3 wrap bracelet (similar here)
1 or 2 colors of embroidery thread
Note: I show orange and silver here but I used orange and blue
To wrap, I simply knotted one end of my thread around neatly and tightly and started wrapping stripes along the leather — trying to keep them straight and with a uniform space in between. (I’d recommend pre wrapping your thread onto a little bobbin first to keep it from getting tangled, for sure.)
I only wrapped about 2 inches and then tied off my first color and switched the color, continuing for about another 2 inches, and trying to keep it held tightly. I left some of the leather on either end for contrast.
Then I attempted to knot it as neatly as possible on the back and wrap any short ends underneath, below. (A small tool of some kind to poke the ends under might be helpful here.)
I like the contrast of the bright colored thread next to the dark leather, and — while I had my embroidery thread out — I was inspired to made a tied knot ‘friendship’ bracelet to go with it. Very high school, I know, but for around 30¢ a skein and with loads of colors to choose from, I think I’ll definitely be trying some more jewelry ideas with embroidery thread in the future. I might even aspire to something this cool.
This one isn’t perfect… I might even just take it apart and try something else, but I thought it was a decent first try.
leather bracelet: about $3
thread (used for both bracelets): 30¢ x 2
total: about $3.60