After creating my easy knotted ribbon and beads bracelet last week, I decided to try out another creation using ribbon as it’s one of my favourite materials to use at the moment! This DIY bracelet is really easy to make and involves a little spot of bead embroidery. The great thing about using ribbon as a bracelet is that it will fit any size wrist, even little ones.
I used the following materials to make this cute beaded ribbon bracelet:
- Approx. 20 inches of bright pink ribbon (my ribbon was around 3/4 inch wide).
- Selection of 5mm glass pearls in grey and toffee colours.
- String of glue-on rhinestones.
- Transparent size 11/0 Czech glass seed beads.
- Gemstone Glue.
- Beading needle and Nymo thread in gold.
Lay out around 13 inches of your ribbon (cut a little off for later) and measure your wrist with the rhinestone string. With this bracelet, I didn’t want the rhinestones to go all the way around my wrist as I wanted the ribbon tie to be quite prominent. So I measured out enough of the rhinestone string to wrap 3/4 of the way around my wrist and cut it to size. Glue the rhinestone string onto the centre of your ribbon and leave to dry for 20 mins.
Pick up a pattern of 1 x seed bead, 1 x toffee pearl, 1 x seed bead, 1 x grey pearl and 1 x seed bead onto your needle. Slide down the thread and lie the beads in a straight line next to the rhinestone string.
Once they’re flat and lined up, go down through the ribbon and tie the tail with your working thread to secure it. Then work in backstitch by coming up behind the last seed bead you’ve threaded on and go through that one seed bead again. Pick up the same beads as before and repeat until you get to the end of the row!
Once you’ve reached the end of the row, insert the needle downwards into the ribbon and come up on the other side of the rhinestone string. Repeat step 2, picking up the pattern of beads and sewing them on until you get to the end of the row.
You’ll then have two rows of beads either side of the rhinestone string. If you use smaller beads for this DIY bracelet project, you might want to sew on two rows either side of the rhinestones. To finish, insert the needle through to the underneath and tie the thread off carefully.
Using your spare ribbon, glue this onto the back of your bracelet to hide the thread from sewing on the beads. Be careful not to use too much otherwise it could seep through and look a bit messy. Leave to dry for an hour or so to be on the safe side.
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