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21+ Macrame Bracelet Patterns: How to Make Friendship Bracelets

Learn how to make friendship bracelets, macrame bracelets, and more!

By: Kelly Spence, Editor, allfreejewelrymaking.com
21 Macrame Bracelet Patterns How to Make Friendship Bracelets

Grab some embroidery floss, your best pal, and these free macrame bracelet patterns, and get ready to create some cool friendship bracelet designs for you and your BFF! Friendship bracelet patterns are probably how many of us first got started making our own jewelry. We all learned how to make friendship bracelets on the playground at school and had so much fun trading with our friends, right?

But macrame bracelet patterns aren't just for kids; they're fun for adults too. No matter what your age, you can always enjoy friendship bracelet designs, and these free friendship bracelet instructions are just what you need to get back into the craft. Macrame is such a versatile technique, and there are so many different friendship bracelet designs that can be made with it! We have more basic macrame bracelet patterns, like stripe and chevron designs, but we also have friendship bracelet instructions for more intricate designs, like hearts and daisies.

If you're just learning how to make friendship bracelets, you may want to stick with the more basic macrame bracelet patterns to start, and then move on to the more detailed friendship bracelet designs once you've gotten some practice. But don't worry! All of these friendship bracelet instructions are very thorough and easy to follow, so you'll have no problem creating amazing bracelet designs of your own. So grab some strings in your favorite colors, and check out all of our free friendship bracelet patterns below!

What is Macrame?

Macrame, translated literally from French as “knot”, is the art of knotting together cords or string to create stunning patterns. You have probably been using this fun technique when you were at summer camp without even knowing what it was! Macrame is used for a variety of crafts, from summer friendship bracelets to boho chic wall art. This technique was extremely popular in the 1970s, but it’s definitely making a comeback in the jewelry world. The two most well-known knots for macramé include the square knot and the half knot, but there are numerous other knots that you can use to make your projects more intricate. To learn more about macramé knots, check out our guide for beginners

What Do You Need to Make Macrame Bracelets? Basic Macrame Supplies

Ready to get started making macrame bracelets? Gather these supplies and you'll be ready to get started!

  1. You need a table (or hard surface) to work on. Note: if you traveling, or outdoors, a clipboard is a fabulous idea for a surface to use!
  2. Your cord or embroidery floss
  3. Tape or T-Pins to secure your cords
  4. Scissors (Optional addition: some jewelry making pliers)
  5. Optional: Beads!
Want to learn more about jewelry making tools? Check out our helpful guide: DIY Jewelry: What Tools Do I Need to Start Making Jewelry?

Basic Macrame Bracelet Patterns

Diagonal Stripe Friendship Bracelet Pattern

These free friendship bracelet patterns are some of the simpler, more basic friendship bracelet designs, but that doesn't mean they're any less cool! All of these macrame bracelet patterns are for straight bracelets (the zig-zag and squiggly friendship bracelet designs will come later in the "Intricate Friendship Bracelet Patterns" section!). If you don't yet know how to make friendship bracelets and are just getting started, these basic macrame bracelet patterns are the perfect place to start. The friendship bracelet instructions in these tutorials are very thorough and easy to follow, so you should have no problem at all creating these friendship bracelet designs! Feel free to switch up the colors or the number of strings for a different look that's all your own.

Intricate Friendship Bracelet Patterns

Colorful Rainbow DIY Friendship Bracelet

Tired of the same old straight macrame bracelet patterns and ready to step it up with some more interesting DIY jewelry designs? Then check out the free friendship bracelet patterns we've collected for you here! Learn how to make friendship bracelets that zig and zag, that swerve and squiggle, and more! These macrame bracelet patterns are a bit more intricate than the ones in the "Basic Macrame Bracelet Patterns" section, but the friendship bracelet instructions you'll find here are just as clear and thorough as those, so you'll have no problem following along. These friendship bracelet designs are sure to impress, so be prepared because all your friends are going to want one!

Graphic Friendship Bracelet Patterns

Little Fishies Macrame DIY Bracelet

If the "Intricate Friendship Bracelet Patterns" aren't challenging enough for you, then try these amazing free friendship bracelet patterns! Each of these macrame bracelet patterns incorporates tiny shapes or images into the design for an end product that will have your BFF wondering how in the world you made it! Follow these friendship bracelet instructions step by step to learn how to make friendship bracelets with adorable little hearts or daisies woven right into the pattern. These free friendship bracelet patterns are so cute, you'll leave them on all summer long.

Bonus! Extra Fun Friendship Patterns

Watermelon Friendship Bracelet

If you have just not had enough macrame projects yet and are looking for even more, check out this awesome bonus bracelet pattern section. These are some extra fun DIY bracelet patterns that we squeezed into this collection for you to enjoy and love! From colorful jewelry projects to adorable food-inspired patterns, you will find your new favorite friendship bracelet pattern from this collection. 

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What do you think? I think this would be a perfect project for me & am very interested in it. Made similar bracelets but nothing so intricate.

Love it!

I love this site..Yes it is very helpful...and Ive made so many and Im having a ball doing it...

I love the patterns and look forward to making gifts for my friends

oh YAY,I have been looking all over for this!!! I'm am certainly making a bunch of these.

Me too!! I have a 13 yr old niece who would love these (ok, I love them too!)

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