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How-To: Sailor’s Knot Bracelets

Sep 15, 2012

by groundsel handmade and vintage goods

With fall days of colored leaves, chunky sweaters and spiced cider in our future, it’s just about time to pack up the beach gear until next year.  Luckily, it doesn’t have to be summer to rock these stylish (and easy to make) nautical bracelets. 

I’m Simone of Groundsel, and a member of Etsy New York Street Team team. I made the following sailor’s bracelet tutorial using a Turk’s Head Knot for you to share with your summer friends.

So, read on, and get knotty…

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 3.5 yards of twine
  • 14 ounce can for a smaller bracelet or a 20 ounce can for a larger bracelet. Any other round object that has the appropriate circumference for your wrist will do.


Step 1: Wrap one end of the twine around the can to shape an X. Leave about a 4″ tail. You will need this tail at the end to finish the bracelet.

Step 2: Wrap the long end of the twine around the can again and bring it up to the middle of the X. Then pass the long end of the twine under the right, upper leg of the X and pull the long end all the way through.

Step 3: Next, move the upper left leg of the X over the right leg of the X to create an oval shape.

Step 4: Pull the long end of the twine through the oval shaped opening you just set up.

Step 5: Turn the can a bit and you will see that the oval shape has created another X shape. Again, pass the long end of the twine under the right upper leg of the X and pull the end through.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you get to the beginning of your project.

Step 7: You will now find a three-stranded braid. Follow the twine you initially laid out and create a parallel second line.

Step 8: Continue around the can. If you find that it’s getting too tight to pass the twine through the openings, you may want to take the bracelet off the can and continue with the knotting in your hand. If you take it off, be careful not to pull the twine too tight, otherwise your bracelet will shrink on your wrist.

Step 9: Continue knotting the rope around the bracelet until each strand of the braid has one parallel line — a total of three passes. At this point you can stop or add another three passes to create the traditional pattern of three parallel lines, like the bracelet in the third picture in this step.

Step 10: To finish, just knot the ends together and weave them into the inside of the bracelet.

Thank you to Simone Tan and The {NewNew} team for sharing this project with us. For more how-to projects from the {NewNew}, check out their blog.

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  • ME2Designs

    ME2Designs said 11 years ago

    Great idea for those of us who live by the beach/water - thanks for sharing!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 11 years ago

    i love tuesday how to's!! always look forward to them...this one is perfect for summer...can sit outside and work on it! love. love!!

  • soleilduautomne

    soleilduautomne said 11 years ago


  • yeskelaevol

    yeskelaevol said 11 years ago

    thank you for showing how to make these. but can you show me or explain how to make the green-blue bracelet??? thanks.

  • BukiBuki

    BukiBuki said 11 years ago

    Oh dear! I nearly broke my brain to guess how its made :)Can't believe it's so easy. Thank you!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 11 years ago

    how cool. I used to own one that I picked up at some tourist jot in I can make a cool one myself! thank you!

  • SpacejamHandmade

    SpacejamHandmade said 11 years ago

    love it!!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 11 years ago

    Wicked cool!! Thank you!

  • LoveandDream

    LoveandDream said 11 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you :)

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 11 years ago

    Reminds me of Ireland. Thanks for sharing your know how!

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for the excellent tutorial! :)

  • backyardbirdsong

    backyardbirdsong said 11 years ago

    yay, what a great how to! totally gonna give that one a go...

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 11 years ago

    Super cool! Gonna give it a try!

  • giantdwarf

    giantdwarf said 11 years ago


  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 11 years ago

    I used to wear these bracelets when I was a kid! Thanks for sharing!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 11 years ago

    Gonna try to do a sailors knot right now. Great Sailors Knot braclet

  • dutchpearl

    dutchpearl said 11 years ago

    Great idea!

  • ValentinaBlossom

    ValentinaBlossom said 11 years ago

    Great idea! I bought a cord some months ago to do something like this and couldn't do it! I'll try again with this tutorial. Thank you so much!

  • OrdinaryMommy

    OrdinaryMommy said 11 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 11 years ago

    Great, going to try this out!!! Love the Japanese Glass Fish...

  • TheMegShop

    TheMegShop said 11 years ago

    This is great!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 11 years ago

    I love all things DIY, I've got to try this one out! Wouldn't it look amazing in wool roving?! <3 Andrea

  • riskybeads

    riskybeads said 11 years ago

    cool tutorial! thanks!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 11 years ago

    Thanks! this is a nice how-to.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 11 years ago

    this is awesome, i really wanted to know how to do this - thank you!!

  • 6catspinNsew

    6catspinNsew said 11 years ago

    Nice, I took a book out of library one summer and tried learning how to tie all kinds of knots. It was fun. Thanks for reminding me of that time.

  • nickandnessies

    nickandnessies said 11 years ago

    I'm not as crafty as most of you on here, but this tutorial seems like something even I can do. Thanks for sharing :)

  • LoveKimDesigns

    LoveKimDesigns said 11 years ago

    I love love love learning new things. It always seemed so difficult to learn - you've made it easy! THANK YOU!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 11 years ago

    Awesome! I love it!

  • ByDoLCeBeLLa

    ByDoLCeBeLLa said 11 years ago

    OoOLaLa... The Famous Sailor's Knot! :)

  • ByDoLCeBeLLa

    ByDoLCeBeLLa said 11 years ago

    OoOLaLa! The Famous Sailor's Knot!

  • SilverBloomStudio

    SilverBloomStudio said 11 years ago

    Wonderful tutorial! Thanks!! I am going to try them out for vacation for the girls.

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 11 years ago

    I love it! I can't wait to try it myself!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 11 years ago

    what a wonderful trend. i've always wondered how it's done - thanks for sharing.

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 11 years ago

    My grandfather was a sailor and we used to ask him to make these for us!

  • brideblu

    brideblu said 11 years ago

    What an awesome tutorial...this reminds me of my knotting class I took as a girl scout (only way cooler cause you end up with a bracelet when your done not just a piece of rope :))

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 11 years ago

    Thank you for showing us how to make them! :)

  • thetrendytot

    thetrendytot said 11 years ago

    Haven't made one of these in an age! Thanks for the refresher :-)

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 11 years ago

    This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing Simone!

  • SundayTreasures

    SundayTreasures said 11 years ago

    this is great.....we live at a popular lake...a great substitute for the beach!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 11 years ago

    Great detailed instructions and photos ~ Thanks!

  • etaletc

    etaletc said 11 years ago

    This is wonderful.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 11 years ago

    love the step by step

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 11 years ago

    Great instructions! Great items!

  • earthygirlshop

    earthygirlshop said 11 years ago

    Great tips! Can't wait to try this out. Thanks!!

  • earthygirlshop

    earthygirlshop said 11 years ago

    Great tips! Can't wait to try this out. Thanks!!

  • olive34

    olive34 said 11 years ago

    This is really cool! If anyone's interested, check out my store!

  • HarboretteShop

    HarboretteShop said 11 years ago

    Very cool and well explained! Must try!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 11 years ago

    Very cool!

  • cozyblue

    cozyblue said 11 years ago

    love it! thanks :)

  • brianarose

    brianarose said 11 years ago

    Not kidding, I'm so excited! I really wanted to learn how to make those bracelets! Thanks team Etsy!

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 11 years ago

    Wow! Really Great!

  • Leocardia

    Leocardia said 11 years ago

    Wow! Looks complicated, but I will try.

  • danikabookworm

    danikabookworm said 11 years ago

    i've been doing weaves with my wire. I'll be trying this kind of weave/knot for my wire soon!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 11 years ago

    Thank you! Love them all!

  • meliannaa

    meliannaa said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article. Looking forward for the day of fun creativity...

  • poppycottage

    poppycottage said 11 years ago

    love it!!!

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much. Nothing better than being near the beach and water.

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 11 years ago

    Great work, Simone! It looks fabulous!

  • TheNotableKnot

    TheNotableKnot said 11 years ago

    Loving the knot bracelets! :) Great summer fashion!

  • itsalljustmenagerie

    itsalljustmenagerie said 11 years ago

    Oh, I just love these types of bracelets! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial—I'll have to try it out soon.

  • beadgoddess61

    beadgoddess61 said 11 years ago

    Cool! Love it, Thank you!!

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 11 years ago

    Thanx for this great tutorial! The bracelets remind me of cable knit sweaters (my favourite to knit). I plan on making a bunch & then dying them to match my sweaters. Thanx again!

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 11 years ago

    What a fantastic tutorial!! Must try this :) Thanks!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 11 years ago

    how great is that tutorial - perfect for all ages and genders. thanks so much for sharing!


    MALIKASABAA said 11 years ago

    How very creative- I love the colors.

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 11 years ago

    very fun tutorial indeed

  • ShizukaUrusai

    ShizukaUrusai said 11 years ago

    Great tutorial. I would never guess it was done that way! I'll have to try it. :)

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 11 years ago

    Can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing!!!

  • GoodieTrueShoes

    GoodieTrueShoes said 11 years ago

    LOVE!!! I just love tuesdays :D

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 11 years ago

    So cute! I have to read thru that again and try it. Thank you!

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA said 11 years ago

    this is awesome! going to try this tomorrow!

  • eclecticamiami

    eclecticamiami said 11 years ago

    I still have mine from the 80's, but it's nice to have instructions in case I want to make one for a friend.

  • CharlieErnestNErise

    CharlieErnestNErise said 11 years ago

    Wow these bracelets are great! I think I'd like one in orange!!

  • ARTbySabina

    ARTbySabina said 11 years ago

    Great article Simone

  • saratops

    saratops said 11 years ago

    these are adorable! i love the striped cloth one!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 11 years ago


  • ShellysVintage

    ShellysVintage said 11 years ago

    So much fun! I wish I would have had some when i was camping a couple weeks ago...met a new wonderful friend and became pen(email) pals. :)

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 11 years ago

    learnt something new today. thanks!

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 11 years ago

    so lovely, going to give it a go.

  • MartinaMasini

    MartinaMasini said 11 years ago

    Great tutorial! You can use it for so many different creations.

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 11 years ago

    Simone, thank you! Who knew something so intricate could be so straightforward.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 11 years ago

    wow beautiful I think I might make one of these for my dad since he tends to wear them! Great stuff : )

  • myarttoyourheart

    myarttoyourheart said 11 years ago

    Very Creative, thanks for sharing :)

  • comfortablyblue

    comfortablyblue said 11 years ago

    Looks beautiful! I want to try it...

  • designMatter

    designMatter said 11 years ago

    So nice idea! Thanks too:)))

  • madeofjacinta

    madeofjacinta said 11 years ago


  • foodhorrorshow

    foodhorrorshow said 11 years ago

    oh my gosh, thanks for posting! this looks like so much fun!

  • KimDot

    KimDot said 11 years ago

    beautiful! simple! perfect! thank you so much for this ... definitely making one of these today :)

  • ilovegem

    ilovegem said 11 years ago

    wow!! Great!!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 11 years ago

    wow! magical knots!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 11 years ago


  • ForeverGlassFlowers

    ForeverGlassFlowers said 11 years ago

    They are so pretty. Will try it!!!!

  • Mazsu

    Mazsu said 11 years ago

    thanxx soo much! :o)))

  • handcessories

    handcessories said 11 years ago

    Wow... great help. Thks for sharing!!!

  • SouthernSkirts

    SouthernSkirts said 11 years ago

    Fun! I've been wanting some of these bracelets for the longest time - they're so classic, with beauty that lies in their simplicity. Now I can make my own!

  • minusOne

    minusOne said 11 years ago

    Love the whatknotshop! Grade school just came rushing back.

  • chicnuniquegifts

    chicnuniquegifts said 11 years ago

    The Japanese Fishing Floats are hot! They would look nice hanging from a hook in a nautical themed bathroom!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 11 years ago

    How cute! I'd like to make one :)

  • lovinganvil

    lovinganvil said 11 years ago

    awesome! and highly educational. gracias.

  • demetgun3

    demetgun3 said 11 years ago

    amazing.I try that one!! I love its...Great!!

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 11 years ago

    Great article and bracelet, so unique! Thanks for sharing!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 11 years ago

    Such a cool "how to"! I love anything ocean and always have before it was such a trend.

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 11 years ago

    Love it!

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiffabulous said 11 years ago

    I love this! I am going to make a bunch to go with all of my outfits! And maybe one or two for my sister. . .

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 11 years ago

    What a fun summer project!

  • danadianndesigns

    danadianndesigns said 11 years ago

    very beachy and a basic idea that can grow with an imagination thanks etsy

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 11 years ago

    Thank you, thank you! I recently found a 1941 publication: 'Knots & Braids in Handicraft', but have had a tough time deciphering some of the fine points of getting started. Mystery solved & ready to make my own knot work bracelet.

  • Octavi

    Octavi said 11 years ago

    Thankyou for showing us how to make them - they look very celtic like in design to me..

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 11 years ago

    Im sat making jewellery right now, and I might just give this a go x

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 11 years ago

    There is a lot more knotty naughty and not-tee examples out there in etsy land hooray for sailors knots!!!!!

  • cherryblossomtattoo

    cherryblossomtattoo said 11 years ago

    oh i just love it!!

  • lauratrevey

    lauratrevey said 11 years ago

    I have such memories of these as a kid :) Great post!

  • chifinds

    chifinds said 11 years ago

    What fun!

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try this one out!

  • KellyGstudio

    KellyGstudio said 11 years ago

    I spent my summers in a marina on the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern Shore ..every kid I knew had one of these! Ahhhh the 70's and the memories! Thanks for sharing!

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink said 11 years ago

    I can't wait to give this a try! I love these.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 11 years ago

    How charming - I had no idea you could make bracelets out of sailor's knots. They are lovely! Great for beach wear or a casual night out.

  • perebags

    perebags said 11 years ago


  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 11 years ago

    this is great, really want to visit your store!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 11 years ago

    that is so cool! and i love the finds to go with the article.

  • Scallyrags

    Scallyrags said 11 years ago


  • WhiteEarthStudio

    WhiteEarthStudio said 11 years ago

    My husband is a sailor! He would love these things!

  • mfmapparel

    mfmapparel said 11 years ago

    That necklace is great!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 11 years ago

    Great tutorial! Thank you!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring, this would be a great thing to try this week-end!

  • clarify

    clarify said 11 years ago

    For more nautical knots, check out the Ashley Book of Knots, rightly called the definitive book of sailors' knots, both functional and decorative. Great illustrations, a joy to browse. Available for $52.37 at

  • ccafferty

    ccafferty said 11 years ago

    Having a hard time finding twine as thick as is pictured (which I love!) Anyone have ideas for stores? Thanks.

  • yukarilove

    yukarilove said 11 years ago

    That is wicked! I can't wait to try it!

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 11 years ago

    I love it!!

  • turskaj

    turskaj said 11 years ago

    thanks for that! cant wait to try it:)

  • julieincharge

    julieincharge said 11 years ago

    ccafferty -- Try looking at hardware stores. We got some from Ace Hardware for the Yelp Summer Camp project.

  • HookableDesigns

    HookableDesigns said 11 years ago

    Very Cool! Love it.

  • WhatKnotShop

    WhatKnotShop said 11 years ago

    For those of you wanting some professional grade cotton cord to tie turks head bracelets visit this web site: The site is not pretty but the materials are first class and Martin is a reliable supplier to my shop. The cord comes in large bulk spools but is high quality material. If you are interested in finished bracelets in a rainbow of colors check out WhatKnotShop where you can find the blue bracelet shown in the collection above. You may also be interested in this blog New designs and more how-to tutorials are posted here with lots of pictures.

  • RePairer

    RePairer said 11 years ago

    Thank you! Love them all!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 11 years ago

    Good luck this weekend {NewNew} !

  • MelkMade00

    MelkMade00 said 11 years ago

    Thanks! I've always wanted to know how to make this sort of bracelet :D Love it!

  • DaniCalve

    DaniCalve said 11 years ago

    THANK YOU!! Great instructions- gonna try it soon!!!

  • KristinVictoria

    KristinVictoria said 11 years ago

    Wow! Looks like something I can do! Thanks so much for he how-to!

  • LuckyLadybugJewelry

    LuckyLadybugJewelry said 11 years ago

    This is great!!!! Thank you so very much for sharing. I can't wait to try it.

  • mad4plaid

    mad4plaid said 11 years ago

    thanks, what a great rainy day project!

  • FibersStudio

    FibersStudio said 11 years ago

    LOVE IT!!!! :) Thank you so much for explaining it very well.

  • beadingheartco

    beadingheartco said 11 years ago

    Very cool! Trying to think of how to add some beads in there too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • tamallama

    tamallama said 11 years ago

    Can't wait to do this with my daughter! thanks for the lesson.

  • lefthandedgoth

    lefthandedgoth said 11 years ago

    I can't tell you how many times I've tried and failed to understand the directions on a turk's crown knot. *finally* someone shows, in plain english (okay, that's a mixed metaphor), what exactly is going on with the "move the leg of the x over" phase. Thank you thank you thank you. @ccafferty - try clothesline, you can get it at the dollar store or a walmarty type place. If you use cotton, you can dye it with koolaid, coffee, or fabric dye. Paracord can be found at army surplus or hunting supply shops, and rat tail or upholstery type cording can be found iat fabric shops. Yay! Gonna fool with this tonight. <3

  • altonweekes

    altonweekes said 11 years ago

    This is so kewl, I remember just like yesterday that when I was a sailor over in the Persian Gulf we would sit on the back of the ship while the sun was setting and make all kinds of sailor knots. This brought back to many memories and the people I served with. Thanks for sharing.

  • demdesigns

    demdesigns said 11 years ago

    This is great. My Dad was a sailor and showed me all kinds of knots and I forgot how to do them. Very cool.

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 11 years ago

    Cute tutorial! Thank you for showing us how to make these adorable bracelets.

  • BunniesandAvacado

    BunniesandAvacado said 11 years ago

    I CANT DO IT!! *weeping* I fail at all things sailor *sigh* I'd rather just buy it from the more talented people on Etsy. The tutorial was good though.

  • Dicien

    Dicien said 11 years ago

    I'd like to print out the Tutorial, but I can't get more than about 1/5 of the directions. It seems to be seeing them all as one page and cutting them off. Is this an Etsy thing or should I look at my printer settings? (I've never encountered this problem before.) Help please?!

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch said 11 years ago

    Great tutorial...

  • dearbitsy

    dearbitsy said 11 years ago

    I've always wondered how to make these!! I'm thinking using some old shoelaces tied together would be a great eco-friendly way to make them!! Especially since I just ordered some new sneakers and they came with 4 different, but still bright, shoe laces!!

  • TheFaithBoutique

    TheFaithBoutique said 11 years ago

    That's such a good idea! I love it! I definetly want to try this!

  • AlexandraDesign

    AlexandraDesign said 11 years ago

    I've tried this four times and I can't get it. How does everyone here get it so easy?

  • outoftheframe

    outoftheframe said 11 years ago

    I don't get it either! it seems like the 3rd photo is backwards...

  • outoftheframe

    outoftheframe said 11 years ago

    ok I've got it now! the trick is not to let the braid spin round the wrong way as you do the first bit around the tin.

  • mimetik

    mimetik said 11 years ago


  • CatsJammies

    CatsJammies said 11 years ago

    Great-wish it was printable

  • MsHennipenny

    MsHennipenny said 11 years ago

    doesn't work for me... followed all the steps and still can't figure it out...

  • mad4plaid

    mad4plaid said 11 years ago

    Is there a way to get this to print - love it just hate having to run back and forth!

  • decors

    decors said 11 years ago

    Oh my gosh I love this, thank you so much for sharing. I am always very into knotting!

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing great works of art

  • LindseyCormier

    LindseyCormier said 11 years ago


  • AlexandraDesign

    AlexandraDesign said 11 years ago

    I really REALLY want to learn how to do this but it is so confusing to me I just end up with a bunch of knots, lol. If anyone knows how to explain it better please convo me at It's amazing how some people here are able to get it with ease cause I can't.

  • ashley566

    ashley566 said 11 years ago

    love it! i think im going to try this!

  • marmadillo

    marmadillo said 10 years ago

    I used fabric from a jelly roll (cut of fabric ~2 inches wide and 3 feet long) to make mine -- very colorful!

  • BaroqueBags

    BaroqueBags said 10 years ago

    Thanks very've just given me a idea for a craft I can do with Brownies next week!Cheers.

  • NickElci

    NickElci said 10 years ago

    I tried this for hours the other night and couldn't do it at all. Any help?

  • BradFallon2011

    BradFallon2011 said 10 years ago

    I absolutely love these! Thanks for the tutorial. Too bad my brain cannot translate it to the doing! :)

  • LiLYorkieFruFru

    LiLYorkieFruFru said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial! I cannot wait to give it a try and see how I can start incorporating it into dog fashion! Tail Wags :)

  • ellenray

    ellenray said 10 years ago

    I am anxious to try this, maybe I can get my craft class to do it!

  • loveMaegan

    loveMaegan said 10 years ago

    Adorable! Since Lonny Magazine is featuring an $85 dollar version, I just featured this DIY on my blog

  • chriskoskidesigns

    chriskoskidesigns said 10 years ago

    What an awesome look!

  • BobalooKids

    BobalooKids said 10 years ago

    Love this bracelet! I included it in a post about making handmade goodies for Craft Hope, a charity that distributes handmade goods - their current project is bracelets!

  • chicklebird

    chicklebird said 10 years ago

    i'm doing this right now and i'm pretty far along and i know what i'm doing BUT i think i may have did my first round of weaving/braiding too tight bc the second pass through is impossible without tweezers and i'm thinking the third is going to be impossible period anyways i plan on dip dying mine after i'm finished to do an ombre affect! thanks so much for the tutorial!! i bookmarked your blog too :)

  • chicklebird

    chicklebird said 10 years ago

    this took me a long time to master but i did it and i have tips for anyone who wants them 1st and most important : DON'T DO THE FIRST ROUND TOO TIGHT, you will regret it and end up having to undo a lot so you can go back and loosen it 2nd : keep the strings flat and perpendicular as you go, pay attention if the string you're working with needs to go on the inside or the outside as you are passing through each time (this will make since when you're actually doing it) 3rd : it helped me greatly to use tweezers to weave the string through, especially as you add more passes and the area you have to get the string through gets smaller and smaller, i also wrapped the end of my string in tape to keep it from unravelling and to make it easier to get a hold of and pull through hope this helps someone avoid some of the mistakes i originally made

  • MichaelMore

    MichaelMore said 10 years ago

    Great tutorial - you are really full of resources and I love how much creativity you have. I love the bracelet - keep up the good work and I hope to see all your creations. Ingersoll Watches

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 10 years ago

    I love these bracelets! Thank you so much for sharing, I can't wait to try making my own!

  • vintageoli

    vintageoli said 10 years ago

    omg thanks :D:D:D

  • SmilingCatStudio

    SmilingCatStudio said 10 years ago

    Very cool. I had one of these when I was a kid that I wore until it had to be cut off. I probably won't do that now, but I'll have fun making one anyway!

  • LizardSkins

    LizardSkins said 10 years ago

    well done. thanks for sharing

  • knottysailor

    knottysailor said 10 years ago

    Sailor Knot jewelry rocks! What an awesome tutorial!

  • MaidenJane

    MaidenJane said 10 years ago

    So excited to make this. I thought my kids could make it for their dad for Father's Day. I ran to 4 different hardware stores and twine is impossible to find! Esp. cotton twine in white. Hoping to find one today...

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 10 years ago

    This is Great, Thanks for the Fun Project.

  • DominiqueD

    DominiqueD said 10 years ago

    Thanks! I just made mine :) Its purple

  • shandke

    shandke said 10 years ago

    I've been wanting to learn how to do this, too! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • bdellesky

    bdellesky said 10 years ago

    Can't wait to try this. But where can I buy the twine? We just have shiny nylon or scratch garden type twine. Nautical Necklace-might those directions be forthcoming.

  • Childlike Fascination said 10 years ago

    Sailors Knot Bracelet... ......

  • LiveLifeForHappiness

    LiveLifeForHappiness said 10 years ago

    I really disliked this. The instructions were too vague when it came to continuing after the first pass, and I could have just bought one in the time and energy I wasted on this project. No thank you.

  • barefootkitchenwitch

    Jayne from barefootkitchenwitch said 9 years ago

    So cool! Got it on the second try. Made a bright pink one for my daughter. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • handmadegrace2

    Grace H. said 9 years ago

    So hard! :(

  • MediterraneanMiss

    Stephanie Maris said 9 years ago

    This is adorable!

  • RachaeBBy

    Rachael from RachaBee said 9 years ago

    thanks for the tutorial :) this is totally cute!

  • LaurelCanyonBeads

    LaurelCanyonBeads from LaurelCanyonBeads said 9 years ago

    brings me back to my childhood, when I always seemed to have one of these shrink to fit bracelets on my wrist, usually sopping wet to damp....I can't wait to make one for my nephew! thanks!

  • heartSunshine

    heartSunshine from heartSunshine said 9 years ago

    So cute! I ♥ Etsy so much!!!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 9 years ago

    very nice! thank you, :) :) :)

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 9 years ago


  • Alterity

    Lisa Sittniewski from AntiqueButtonJewelry said 9 years ago

    Thank you, thank you for this DIY! I have wanted one of these since the 80' I can make my own :) Loved this so much, I shared it on my blog!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    I'd forgotten all about these, I used to make them all the time as a kid! The twine/string is easy to find; you can get undyed braided cotton piping cord in various thicknesses & silky upholstery cord from any good sewing shop, braided white or cream nylon blind cord from the same places, paracord in a huge range of colours from survival/hiking/outdoor shops or thick string from any general store/garden shop. If you're planning on wearing them in the water, use nylon or paracord as cotton stays wet for ages & ages!

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild said 9 years ago

    hey thanks a bunch..

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 9 years ago

    great ;) merci!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Nice! Thanks for sharing!

  • andrewrametta

    Andrew from ARamettaDesigns said 9 years ago

    Nautical, like my bracelets!

  • thetatteredowl

    rosie from thetatteredowl said 9 years ago

    what a fun project :) and such a cool idea to use the can to weave around !!

  • wildthingz

    Andrea from wildthingz said 9 years ago

    love it!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • importeyedea

    KatrinaJayKay from ImportEyedea said 9 years ago

    Ooo defff gonna try this out! Thanks!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 9 years ago

    This is Great!!

  • ShinyBead

    ShinyBead from ShinyBead said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf said 9 years ago

    love sailor's knots!!great idea!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    ♥♥♥ This is a great tutorial, very detailed and easy to follow! Thanks! I wish we could've made these at the Etsy Craft Party! ♥♥♥

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 9 years ago

    Great idea. I think I will go try it now! Thank you.

  • HandiworkinGirls

    HandiworkinGirls from HandiworkinGirls said 9 years ago

    Glad you all brought this article back up! It's definitely worth trying...these bracelets would make lovely stocking stuffers, or "just because" gifts.

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 9 years ago

    I've always wanted to make one, will try it today. Thank you!

  • asharjaved

    Ashar Javed from asharjaved said 9 years ago


  • ravenclarke

    Raven from DivineDeliciousness said 9 years ago

    I was just about to buy a few of these. Going to try to make them myself first! Thank you!!!

  • mintmoose

    Katrina from mintmoose said 9 years ago

    Oh fun!!! I want to try this :-)

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 9 years ago

    Excellent instructions with great visuals. Thank you.

  • bombastitch

    Kristy Kizzee from bombastitch said 9 years ago

    Hooooray! I'm so excited to try this how-to!!! Thank you! <3

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 9 years ago

    What a fun and great idea!!! THANKS!!

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 9 years ago

    L o v e it !

  • pinksnakejewelry

    kim rhodes-thomas from pinksnakejewelry said 9 years ago

    Cool!!! Great weekend craft project to do with the kids!!!!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 9 years ago

    Very cute! I don't wear bracelets, but this could be a good craft project in general, maybe make them as a gift for someone else. I've always wondered how to do this. Thanks for sharing!

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 9 years ago

    Really cool bracelet! It could be worn with so many different things! Thank you!

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 9 years ago

    I love it!!!

  • KnotKrazy

    Lori Maxey from KnotKrazy said 9 years ago

    Thank you to whomever placed my store on the related items, I feel so blessed!

  • Manufactapaper

    Manufactapaper from Manufactapaper said 9 years ago

    great tutorial! thank you for sharing

  • ThaiArt54

    ThaiArt54 from ThaiArt54 said 9 years ago

    I like it...

  • ChristineShmistine

    Christine from FineArtWithaTwist said 9 years ago


  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 9 years ago


  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 9 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I just went on a camping trip and my guy wanted to make these so bad. He had made some for himself and brought along enough cord so we all could make some. We never did, but I think he was obsessed.

  • mintyrj

    Minty J said 9 years ago

    Amazing stuff! They all look spectacular! I have always been a huge fan of monogrammed jewelry and have been getting my fiance' stuff from Regina's designs. But now i would like to buy her something a little more informal like these wired bracelets.. simply love the vibrant colors. I am sure she will love them too. I can buy in all different shades so that she could do with various dresses. Thanks for the idea!

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 9 years ago

    Love this!

  • JanetR

    Janet from JanetR said 9 years ago

    Love it! Thank you for these great instructions and photos! I want to get started on one right away!

  • AmandaThonMetalsmith

    Amanda Thon from AmandaThonMetalsmith said 9 years ago

    Neat! I'll give these a shot in metal!

  • Bubblebirds

    Jules from Bubblebirds said 9 years ago


  • mysticknotwork

    Matt and Jill Beaudoin from MysticKnotwork said 9 years ago

    why not? sigh......

  • WesleyAsher

    Trisha Brink from WesleyAsher said 9 years ago

    Interesting...agree with Matt and Jill (see comment above). Thanks ever so much. sigh.......

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 9 years ago

    Ah! Informative post.

  • CoutureByAyca

    Ayca Hoser from CoutureByAyca said 9 years ago

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!


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  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 9 years ago

    Oh, I saw this a year ago or so but never tied...I think it's time to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  • BrightFireBeads

    BrightFireBeads from BrightFireBeads said 9 years ago

    Used to wear these when I was a kid! Thanks for sharing, a great craft to do with my girls.

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • Feille

    sharon from EmbellishedLife2 said 9 years ago

    Mysticknotwork, no worries. Most of us'll be along to buy from you, lol. I know I'm not trying that!

  • bowtieco

    Silva Y from bowtieco said 9 years ago

    Very cool! I've always been curious.. thanks!

  • yellofolk

    yellofolk from YelloFolk said 9 years ago

    This is great. Thanks for sharing.

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 9 years ago

    great how-to!

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick said 9 years ago

    Nice! I know I won't try to make one though I feel for shops selling these.

  • andrewkonkle

    Andrew Konkle from Theteepeeguy said 9 years ago

    That is really cool. Umm kinda stole some shop thunder there? But I guess this was there two years ago right?

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 9 years ago

    Great idea..

  • planettreasures

    Tess from planettreasures said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing - it's given me an idea for what to do with some faded (new) tshirts : )

  • BourgeoisDesigns

    V Lynn from BourgeoisDesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • myloveshop

    Sunny Petcharee from myloveshop said 9 years ago

    Thans for sharing :)

  • ColorfulPixelsByLife

    Demet Gunuc from ColorfulPixelsByLife said 9 years ago

    I'll try :)) amazing..

  • farfelue

    farfelue from farfelue said 9 years ago


  • ElChocolatin

    Elena Petryanina from ElChocolatin said 9 years ago

    The concept is simple!

  • piecesofelises

    Elise from piecesofelises said 9 years ago

    I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

  • kmaskreations

    kmaskreations from kmaskreations said 9 years ago

    I've always love these but never took the time to learn how to make them. Recently, I decided I was tired of putting my eating utensils in a drawer. I have 3 bare coffee cans on my counter which i use now for forks, spoons and butter knives and have been trying to decide how to decorate them. Now I know. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  • kristiegibs

    Kristie Giblin said 9 years ago

    I've found the best rope for this, available in heaps of funky colours, for under $1 per metre! Check it out here

  • luckeeluv

    Kelly from luckeeluv said 9 years ago

    I love sailor knot bracelets! So charming :0)

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 9 years ago

    Wow! Lovely!

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 9 years ago

    i lived in the virgin islands amongst many sailors and they all actually wear these. The story is, when a lady wears one it's an indication that she's "off the market" so to speak. She's to wear wear it until her sailor gets back from his travels. Well, thats what they told me in ths islands anyways! Awesome tutorial, thanks!

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    gcalpin7 said 8 years ago


  • groundsel

    groundsel from groundsel said 8 years ago

    Thanks for rerunning my tutorial Julie, I can't believe it's been two years.

  • Astridzina

    Astridzina said 8 years ago

    I remember making these as a girl scout. We made them in leather to hold our scarfs together.

  • NancyBukovsky

    Nancy and Frances Bukovsky from ObscureGems said 8 years ago

    Awesome tutorial, I've been pretty interested in knots recently, and this was something really fun to stumble on tonight! I might have to try these soon, and probably sell some (hopefully!).

  • bankdark

    wanchai sirisaengchai from bambiestore said 8 years ago

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

  • uglydogtradingco

    Elle Winn from UglyDogTradingCo said 8 years ago

    I've always loved these bracelets! Thanks so much for sharing!

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