How To Tuesday: My Sweet Josephine.



After seeing Kristin’s friendship bracelet giveaway on Idle Wife, I’ve hauled out my old bracelet books and thread from when I was a kid. Naturally I’ve been furiously making all sorts of bracelets. After making six friendship bracelets in two days I decided I needed a new pattern. Following an extensive google session I found these beautiful recycled t-shirt bracelets and vowed to make them my own.



And now you can too! Because you should. Really.

All you need is…



2 pieces of fabric about 18 x 6 inches
Scissors
Pliers
2 ribbon clamps (found at Michaels)
2 jump rings
1 clasp



Cut 2 pieces of fabric from your t-shirt about 18 x 6 inches. Fold up the fabric lengthwise to hide the unfinished edges and lay them next to each other.



Make a loop with the first scrap and lay it over top of the second. Take the second piece and lay it over the end of the loop you just made.



Take that end and alternate weaving it under and over the remaining fabric lengths. Grasp all four ends and pull it tight to your liking. You may need to fluff some areas of the knot and tighten others.



Pair up the ends of fabric and wrap it snugly around your wrist. Measure the length you’d like and cut it accordingly. Take the pairs and fit them each into an open ribbon clamp then securely shut them in place with the pliers. Attach the jump rings and clasp.

And there you have it! A one of a kind bracelet made especially for you for next to nothing! Try experimenting with two colours, patterned and solid fabrics.

35 thoughts on “How To Tuesday: My Sweet Josephine.

  1. kita

    I am soooo not good at DIY but this is adorable looking. I’m not one to wear bracelets unless they really look different and neat to me. I guess I can put this idea right next to those pringle can cupcake holders I tried last spring that are still sitting on my desk (didn’t end well)…. I will try one day though! I promise!!!

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  2. Kristin

    Aww, brat! I was totally, 100% looking at these knots for you, like, two days ago! Why don’t we have a farmer’s market booth next year?!

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  3. Maeve

    Since I have to go to Goodwill and Dollar Tree next week for t-shirts to use in another project, I think I’ll make sure I have some scraps to make this one, too! What a neat idea, thanks!

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  4. Daily Craft

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  5. Karen

    Help! I’m new to this and can’t figure out how to get all the end pieces stuffed into the ribbon clasp! There seems to be way to much fabric?!?

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    1. Lindsey

      Hi Karen! Don’t panic! It helps to taper the ends of the fabric a little bit with scissors once you get the knot the way you like it. Let me know if you need anymore help.

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  6. Ryan

    I cannot figure out how to do this past the loop part, I feel like such a failure but I love the bracelet. Really wish I could figure it out.

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  7. Ashlee

    I cannot for the life of me get this knot right… whenever I try to tighten it it just falls apart. What am I doing wrong?

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  8. Alisha

    I think it might be a little easier to understand the 3rd step if you had used 2 differnt fabrics. It just all blends together at that step. Very cute tho!

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  9. Kara

    This is sooo cute! The knot website helped me a lot, and I finally got it! Love it, thanks so much!! yeay for pinterest haha

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  10. weezie

    so pretty…..and i have an idea for you that i tried and liked…before i did any sewing, i slipped a big watch face on the material and it becomes a watch bracelet !!! i love mine…

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  11. Penny

    am I the only one that can’t get the knot??? I tried that tutorial… which knot am I trying to do??? LOVE the bracelet … . desperate to make some…. but… can’t get past that first loop!!

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    1. Lindsey

      Hi Penny! You’re not the only one! I got my tutorial from here. I hope this makes it easier to understand:

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      1. alicia

        which knot on the tutorial are we supposed to follow? what is the name of the t-shirt bracelet knot you did? i do not feel the tutorial helps me if there’s just 2 pieces to work with and the ones on the tutorial have 4. sorry for my confusion! wanted to give these out for xmas!

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        1. Lindsey

          Hi Alicia! It is a little confusing isn’t it? You do only use two strips of fabric but the way that you knot them it begins to look like four. Maybe this tutorial for the Josephine knot will be a little easier to understand:

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  12. MsPainter

    Wow, so cute, but I can’t get the third step either. Tried the Josephine knot, no luck. Maybe need 2 extra pics in there- it isn’t clear if the over and under is on the top or below your first loop. Sorry! I gave up.

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    1. Lindsey

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble! It was difficult to show all the steps using this bulky t-shirt material. Try this other tutorial with multicoloured string. It’s a lot easier to follow.

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    1. Lindsey

      Hi Andi! Probably about three times as long as the bracelet length. You’ll have to experiment. Let me know how it goes!

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