Adjustable Knot Leather Bracelet


One of my Alt Summit friends recently posted about how to make an adjustable knot, you know, the ones that you use when making friendship bracelets. It got my wheels turning and I put a few scraps to good use.

Right now, layering 2-20 bracelets couldn’t be more popular. I’ve found myself doing this quite a bit. I’m not one to sport a ton of bracelets, mostly because they get in the way as I type and work on art projects. These leather bracelets are so low profile, I don’t notice them much at all. If this isn’t your cup of tea, check out my other bracelet tutorials. I have enough for you to decorate both of your arms.

Friendship BraceletDouble-Wrap Bracelet • Magic Braided Bracelet

Bow Bracelet • Bow Cuff • Wallet Cuff • Twisted Leather Bracelet 

Check out the outfit here.

Why not stock up on some leather scraps & make a few more with me? If you’re looking to get leather scraps, head over to your local upholstery shop & ask if they have any leather scraps they’re about to toss. Often times they do. They’re typically big enough for a project like this & you’re doing the Upholstery shop a favor by helping them put scraps to good use. Alternatively you could purchase scraps from your local Tandy Leather supply or online from Freshly Picked.

Read the tutorial after the jump!

Adjustable Knot Bracelet


  • leather
  • scissors
  • nail polish or beads (optional)

Cut your leather into a thin strip to the desired length (I just cut a really long strip, like 3 feet). If you don’t have leather strips long enough, use the following technique: Cut your scrap into a circle.

Cut your leather strip from the small scrap by cutting in a spiral. Try to be as uniform as possible. Variations in width add character so don’t be afraid of messing up!

A 6 inch circle will make a lot of string. A LOT. So you really can get away with a small bit of leather.

Take the ends and, using Chelsea’s tutorial, make the adjustable knot.

NOTE: Chelsea’s tutorial is ideal for smaller string. When working with the leather strips, use the above diagram for tying the first knot, then flip over to the opposite side (so your orientation for the second end is the same as the above diagram) and repeat. The knots will lie mostly flat this way. Once you’re done with the knots, you’re done!!

. . . OR . . .

OPTIONAL: Before you tie the knots, thread the leather with a leather placket, beads or a metal placket. I painted the striped pattern with some nail polish on a strip of veggie tan leather. It’s porous, so it will accept paint and dyes. This is not always the case depending upon what leather (or vinyl) you buy. If you bought a patent, sharpie markers & paint pens work magic!

There you have it, my friends. Go and make a bracelet with nothing more than a small scrap of leather and some scissors. Click the button below for the printer-friendly version of the tutorial.

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This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. Do not copy this text, publish more than 1-2 photos or outright steal this idea for commercial publications. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

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    1. Chelsea C. says:

      First of all, this is brilliant (nice tip about cutting a spiral to make more string!). Secondly, thanks for the link! You’re a doll. Have a great day.

    2. ira lee says:

      i love this! i dont have any leather but im gonna pin it so i can return later!!!!

    3. Kelley says:

      I love your leather work! I have a surplus of leather scraps from my local saddle and chaps maker (pretty easy to find if you live in a smallish town with a lot of agriculture). He’s a great guy that let’s me sort through his scrap bins. He charges me very reasonably and it’s fun for me to see what he is working on. Yes, I will be making some.

    4. Jessi says:

      this is awesome! I love that chunky, layered look. And I have tons of leather scraps around the house! I think I have a new project to work on this week!


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    7. Isabel says:

      Thank you for the knot!!!! I’ve always wanted to know how is it work!!!! i’ve already tried and worked perfect!!
      Do you think that cuting fabric this way could work as the leather?

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    9. anne says:

      love this bracelet. thanks for sharing :)

    10. anne says:

      love this bracelet. thanks for sharing

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      love this bracelet. thanks for sharing:)

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    15. Chérie says:

      I love this bracelet ! Thanks for sharing your creation ! Best regards,

    16. Dearlives says:

      I love this leather bracelet diy tutorial. Thanks for sharing. By the way, could you publish this tutorial on our website ?

    17. Michelle Sauvé says:

      Thank you to give us all your secret it is very generous. Can I get the Template and the tutorial (step by step with pictures) of the adjustable knot leather bracelet. I try with your “Click to download” but it’s said that an error. Thank you. Michelle Sauvé,

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