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Make friendship ribbons - simple instructions in 13 steps

  • The classic: tie a simple bracelet
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  • Guidance video for a friendship bracelet

Who does not know them: the typical colorful friendship ribbons made of cuddly soft wool. With a little practice, the pretty accessories can be easily made in a short time and with the least amount of material. It's fun, relaxed and makes sweet gifts for friends, acquaintances and relatives. In our guide you will step by step to your strip bracelet - the classic among the friendship ribbon!

Friendship Bracelet DIY: Very easy to knot yourself

The one or the other knows the knotting of colorful wristlets safe even from school: With just a few wool threads and a safety pin can easily conjure up a colorful piece of jewelry. The variant explained here provides the basis, as it were, for the later production of even more complicated patterns. Because the basic technique of the double knot does not change. It is important to pay attention to the correct order of the threads and not to leave the knotting nodes too loose - but also not too taut. After some attempts, even younger children achieve a nice result, which can be given away as a gift. But even for adult returnees, the knotting technique is great for creative relaxation - and the difficulty you can increase with more challenging designs over time immensely!

The classic: tie a simple bracelet

This friendship bracelet with pretty slanted stripes is the simplest model of countless possible variations on patterns and knotting techniques. Anyone who masters the ribbon well will not have any problems with the more elaborate variations - which, for example, show cute little hearts, arrows or zig-zag lines.

Difficulty: with some practice 1/5 (5 is considered difficult)
Time required: 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the skill
Material costs: between 5 and 10 euros - depending on the source and quality of the yarn; usually enough for numerous ribbons.


  • 4 threads embroidery thread each approx. 1.30 m long * (colors of your choice - the tones specified in the instructions are only for orientation when knotting)
  • Safety pin and paperclip or tape

* in rather slim women's wrists and children. For wider arms, just add a bit of length.


Step 1: You start by pulling all threads to the same length and then halving once. Hold the center point with a paper clip. Then let the loose ends hang down freely, making sure that nothing knots. Pin the paper clip to your trouser leg, pillow or sofa with a safety pin.

Tip: Alternatively, it is possible to fix the tape on the tabletop with Tesafilm. The main thing is to create a solid starting position!

Step 2: Now it is time to form a loop, which should serve later for closing: Since you have halved your embroidery thread in the previous steps - by the needle or optionally the tape - now lie eight equal length threads in front of you. Detach the right side of the tapes from the tape and braid the four threads as far as it will go a few inches.

Step 3: Now remove the strap completely from the table and knot the two parts together so that the braided part forms a loop. This is then fixed again with tape on the table.

Step 4: Now determine the order of your colors: As you arrange them now, they later appear strip by strip in your friendship ribbon.

Step 5: Now it's off to the actual knot: Take the leftmost thread and knot it over its neighbor. In our example you knot like this:

Place the white thread (far left) over the dark blue thread at position 2. Now thread the end of the white thread backwards and through the loop it forms with thread 2 to the front. Now pull on the white thread so that the knot glides up the taut, darker thread. The guide thread on which the knot is tied is always kept taut. So the knot automatically moves up to the right place.

Step 6: Now repeat step 5, because a knot knot always corresponds to two normal knots - even in advanced ribbons. In our example, the white thread would once again wrap around the dark blue.

Tip: The knots can be pulled particularly easily and quickly by tensing the active thread (in the example, white) over the thumb of the hand holding the static thread. This hand then gets about the same position as if you were making a pistol with it. Sounds complicated "> Step 7: It continues from left to right After step 6 and 7, the white thread is no longer on the left, but has moved to the second spot behind the dark blue, but he wants to go to the opposite side Of course, he goes on with the light blue: As usual, the white thread lays over his light blue neighbor The white end is led through the resulting loop and pulled upwards Knotting is also called knot.

Step 8: In this form, the white thread continues to work its way to the right until it has reached the outside - that is, until the last white thread has been wrapped twice in white.

Step 9: Now the white thread is ready for the time being and it starts with the now left - ie the dark blue - from the beginning. This also knots each color twice, until it has arrived on the right and has formed after the white and a dark blue knot strip in the bracelet.

Step 10: Continue color by color until your bracelet has enough streaks and is long enough to loosely wrap the arm (for which you are planning it).

Tip: Reposition the bracelet to the table step by step. The adhesive tape should always be fastened just short of the current row of knots or a maximum of 3 rows above. So the bracelet can not wobble when knotting and the rows of nodes are even.

Step 11: Finally, of course, your friendship bracelet needs a closure option that you can connect to the loop made at the beginning. It is braided again: first, the threads split evenly to the left and right. The four threads on each side now weave together. Hold the ends firmly and knot them.

Step 12: Repeat the braiding from step 11 with the other four threads.

Step 13: Your friendship bracelet will then end in two cords that you now only tie at the bottom of each with a knot. Simply cut off excess knitting yarn close to the knots and you're done! To tighten the ribbon, the two cords can be securely connected to the loop.

Guidance video for a friendship bracelet

Tips for quick readers:

  • make a simple friendship ribbon with diagonal longitudinal stripes
  • Take 4 threads halfway
  • pin or glue the center
  • form one-sided loop by screwing in
  • Tie with a big knot
  • Retain the node
  • Arrange threads in color as desired next to each other
  • left thread begins
  • knot around his neighbor twice
  • then continue over the following
  • until former left thread on the far right
  • again from the beginning with the next thread
  • when tape is enough to tie fastener tapes
  • close with normal knot
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