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spread the love: heart pattern friendship bracelets

Growing up, I spent countless hours making colorful friendship bracelets. Their resurgence prompted me to rediscover this summer pastime. Here are instructions for one of my favorite patterns – hearts!

You will need embroidery thread in two colors. Measure the thread using twice the length of your arm (from your fingertips to your shoulder and then back to your fingertips) for each string. Cut it. Do this two times for each color, fold them in half and knot them to form a loop. You should have a total of eight strings to work with, four of each color. Secure the loop using a clipboard or a safety pin attached to a pillow, your jeans… whatever works as long as it is held tightly and securely.

The basics:

Hold the second string with your left hand as you use your right hand to take the first string over and then under the second string. Pull the first string through so that it forms a 90-degree angle as you guide it away from you, towards the knot holding together the bracelet. Do this two times to make each knot. Hold on to that first string with your right hand! For the next knot going right, repeat these steps holding the third string in your left hand. Keep working with the first string as you work your way to the middle – for this pattern you will need to make three knots across in each direction. After three knots, make another knot to join the first and eighth strings in the middle.

Hold the seventh string with your right hand as you use your left hand to take the eighth string over and then under the seventh string. Pull the first string through so that it forms a 90-degree angle as you guide it away from you, towards the knot holding together the bracelet. Do this two times to make each knot. Hold on to that first string with your left hand! For the next knot going left, repeat these steps holding the sixth string in your right hand. Keep working with the eighth string as you work your way to the middle – for this pattern you will need to make three knots across in each direction. After three knots, make another knot to join the first and eighth strings in the middle.

The pattern:

1: Lay your strings out as shown. The color of the first and eighth thread will be the color of the heart shape.

2: Make your first row by following the instructions for making a row of knots going right and then left. Remember to join the two threads you were knotting with in the middle.

3: Make a second row of knots in the same way, this time with the second color.

4: Take the second string and knot it around the first string going left. Then, take the seventh string and knot it around the eighth string going right.

5: Fill in the space between the knots you made in step 4 with the first color by knotting the second string around the third and fourth strings going right and then the seventh string around the sixth and fifth strings going left. Join them in the middle. This step forms the top of the heart.

6: Take the second string and knot it around the first string going left. Knot the seventh string around the eighth going right. This step forms the outermost points of the heart.

7: Fill in the heart with the second color by making two knots to the right with the second string and two knots to the left with the seventh string. Join them in the middle.

8: To form the bottom of the heart, take the first string and knot it around the second and third strings going right. Next, take the eighth string and knot it around the seventh and sixth strings going left. Join the first and eighth strings in the middle.

9: Keep repeating these steps until you’ve made a bracelet. Have fun!

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136 thoughts on “spread the love: heart pattern friendship bracelets

    • I have not tried it myself, however my daughter was working this like an “old pro” the year before she graduated and she is not really very crafty. I think you would surprise yourself if you try and you may want to ask a younger girl that is still in school, they seem to have this one down.

      • Alexandria says:

        It is not hard after you do the first heart. ;) its beatiful though!!!!!!

  1. Tiffany says:

    Could you explain the knots a little clearer please? I understand how to make the knots, I’m just lost after the first string. I think I’m supposed to knot twice on each string until “the middle” and then knot 3times on the middle and then 2 again on the outer edges and then I’m not sure.

    • taylor says:

      think of making a four. go over the string you are tying a knot on (make it look like a 4) and go through the middle of the 4. then, repeat. the strings will then switch places, such as if you a tying the knot onto the second string from the first string, the second string will then be in first position and the first in second.

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  3. Sarah says:

    really cute and essentially easy to make. I’ve known how to make friendship bracelets since I was a child, but never the hearts. For the most part the instructions were very easy to understand and the only part that confused me was step eight. You say to put the first string over the second and third but do not mention the fourth string or the fifth string when going th otehr direction. Obviouslly I used common sense and went ahead and notted them, but just thought I would mention that to you. Thanks :)

  4. Kim says:

    Those we are having trouble: try an easier straight or arrowhead style bracelet first until you get the hang of the knots, then this will make waaaay more sense.

    • I’m assuming you’re referring to how to finish the piece? You can make one large knot or just leave the strings alone since the entire bracelet is a series of knots (they won’t come undone). You hold the bracelet closed by tying the loose ends through the loop you made at the beginning. As for the length, you work until it fits around your wrist!

      If you’re talking about the beginning, she DID address that. You cut the initial pieces to twice the length of your arm.

  5. Going to try it, but I’m afraid it might be a bit over my head…instructionwise. If there is a clearer way of explaining, I hope somebody will email me at Dreamwalker46@aol.com….thanks so much. I love the way it looks and would love to make it. I’m definitely going to try, but it’s hard to tell how far I’ll get.

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  7. Lea Etta says:

    There are several videos which are helpful on the above site. There is one where she instructs knotting, etc. Very helpful to a beginner as I am. Love this for TV time at nights. <

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  11. Sydney says:

    I made the first heart but now I don’t understand how to make the next one, I have stuffed it up…

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  13. Meggan says:

    great job on explaining! i absolutely love it! i followed and did it my self step by step and it looks so cute!

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    • Hi Rachel! Step 3 is where you create a line between hearts, so technically you would be continuing from there as steps 1 and 2 set you up to make the bracelet. Hope that helps!

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  19. bree says:

    This is so cute. And I love the colors. I noticed some people were asking for clearer instructions, so I thought I’d suggest creating a pattern like this: http://friendship-bracelets.net/pattern.php?id=5097 that includes the diagram. This is the only way I can make bracelets. I believe that website allows you to create your own patterns/diagrams. This would be so helpful!

    The link I posted is quite similar to your pattern but with alternating colors, it seems. I like yours better though :)

  20. Lauren says:

    ve tried this twice now, how do you make the hearts so neat? the edges of mine have both come out a bit wonky and the bracelet looks messy :( I think maybe the thread is too cheap?

    Anyway its such a cute idea, hopefully mine will get better with practice!

    • Hi Lauren! Try to make your knots as tight and consistent as possible – I find that if I hold the inactive threads taut as I make a knot, I’m able to make it look cleaner. Of course, using good thread helps but I also think practice is key. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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  27. Kate Hurley says:

    decent instructions, but it would be helpful if you showed us in the video how to make two hearts. after the first heart, i tried repeating the pattern, but my colours werent correct, and it would help if i saw a visual. thanks for the beginning of the tutorial!

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  29. Brina Blackman says:

    When you end the first heart the outside strands change color and you said the outside color will always be the heart shape so I’m confused? The outside color of the heart shape changes every time ?

  30. Alexandria says:

    Wonderful bracelets!!!! :D for beginers,try learning the cheveron first. ;) This a medium level bracelet- the rag rug is sooo much harder. :P great picture instructions! i just looked at my cheveron length instructions and followed the bracelet pattern. (my mom onlyprinted the pics!) :P

  31. Len says:

    I’ve wanted to try this pattern for such a long time and finally got to it today. It’s so simple yet so cute. Thank you:)

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  34. kelly says:

    how the heck do you end it? it doesnt show… i paused the finished bracelet on the tutorial…how are you able to where it? im confused on how to close it–the end pieces can be tied, but the begining end is too short. HELP! wanna make for daughter’s class for Christmas…

    • Hi Kelly! The end that you start with should be a loop. To tie both ends together, make a knot out of all the strands once you’ve reached the desired length to finish it. I like to divide the strands at the end in two and then braid each of them so that they’re easy to put on. Hope this helps!

  35. Selina says:

    Awwww this is so cute!! I’ll try my best at making this though i got lost at making the side of the heart shape…… Never mind, its school holidays so i have a lot of free time. So wish me luck at making this!!!

  36. Leah says:

    Me and my boyfriend have been wanting to make friendship bracelets. This is perfect! Thanks :)

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    • Hi! If you’re referring to the instructions for making knots going right, I mean the two strings you are working with (when you start out, these are the two leftmost strings). Hope that helps!

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  45. Lucy says:

    This is such a cute bracelet and made the first heart! However on the bad side I don’t know how to remember the steps. Please reply with a. Solution?

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  47. Rose says:

    the instructions above the video did put me off, but as soon as I saw the video I got it (after rewinding about 30 times!) – this was the first ever friendship bracelet I made! Thank you!

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  55. Laura says:

    I made it through the first heart with ease, but at the end of step 8 the colors are not in the same place as step 1. From what step do I start repeating?

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  57. Amy says:

    Wow, this is great. I spent half an hour wasting thread attempting to do the knots, but once I got it down, it was easy and rhythmic. If you use two different shades of the same color on the two base threads, it gives a cool mottled look. Only if they’re one shade off, though. This is amazing! You can also fill in the hearts with the same color, just make their threads longer and be ready to cut off extras. So many variations you can do on this. Going to make this one into a keychain for my phone. Great tutorial once you get it!

  58. Amy says:

    Also, when it says repeat, repeat from step 2, not step one. Just in case some of you were wondering. :)

  59. for people struggling to get this, practice first with yarn! it makes it alot easier to see what is going on. once you have it with yarn, you can try to transition to the embroidery floss.

    also, i think step 8 has a typo, instead of just taking the first string around string 2 and 3, you should just take it to the middle (so knot on string 4 too!) and then do the other side and knot them together in the middle. or maybe that’s just how i’m doing it. anyways, that’s what’s working for me.

  60. allie says:

    Hi! just a quick question, I made the first heart and then repeated all the steps but my second heart ended up being the other colour. Do you know what I can do to fix this?

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  64. Susan says:

    I saw this on Pinterest this week for Valentine crafts. Am about halfway through and wondering how long to make the bracelet for a child (7 yrs)?

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