Tuesday, April 26, 2011

quick braided fabric bracelet with snaps


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet


The original Bobaloo and I were making bracelets for Craft Hope last week and we came up with these little cuties to use up some of my fabric scraps.  Using snaps makes this project silly quick – it took me longer to type this up than to make the bracelet – but if you don’t have snaps, Velcro would work too.


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet supplies



  • three different fabric scraps, at least 16” long and 1 1/2” wide
  • pinking shears or regular fabric scissors
  • One set of snaps (I use KAM snaps and love them)
  • snap pliers or press, or whatever you use to attach snaps 
  • awl


1.  Cut one strip from each of three fabrics, 1 1/2” wide by 16” long, using pinking shears or regular scissors.


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet first step


2. Stack the strips on top of each other, right sides all up, at one short end.  They don’t have to match perfectly – we’ll trim them up at the end.  Using your awl, poke a hole about 1/2” from the end of the strips. 


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet snap


3. Attach one snap with the cap side up.


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet braid


4. Braid the pieces of fabric (I had my cute little helper holding the snap end for me).  Try to keep the right sides of the fabric up – you may need to twist the strips a little to keep them facing the right direction.  Braid loosely for a wider bracelet, tightly for a narrower bracelet.


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet end strips


5. Once the bracelet is near the length you’d like it, stack the strips on top of each other just like you did at the beginning. 


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet end snap


6. Install the other snap with the cap on the wrong side of the bracelet. 


4 26 11 bobaloo fabric bracelet ends


7. Using your pinking shears or scissors, trim the ends of the bracelet in a nice rounded shape.


4 26 11 bobaloo with fabric bracelet


8. Put that bracelet on the nearest kiddo or pack it up and send it off to Craft Hope!


If you make one, be sure to add it to the bobaloo! flickr pool – it’s about time we started using it, right?


  1. Adorable & very easy! I love KAM snaps too!

  2. Megan from Lillies & Jasmine told me about them and they're wonderful!
    Since you already have some I expect you to go make a bunch of bracelets,
    Erica. :)

  3. Love this! And you boboloo is adorable - I haven't heard of those snaps before. Off to check them out...

  4. Thanks, Patty - she looks like her very cute dad. :)

  5. So cute, Sam! And B looks adorable:) I've been looking for projects to do for something like Craft Hope. Maybe I'll hang out in Hannah's sewing studio and make these as the scraps fall! You know, during one of our ADD meetings;)

  6. You'd be accessorizing AND cleaning Hannah's studio at the same time - look
    how useful you are!

  7. that is so cute!!!  totally making some of these for craft hope.  thanks for sharing! 


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