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.
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
- 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.
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!