In this tutorial I will tell you how to make a gift kit for friendship bracelets. The idea is that rather than just receiving one friendship bracelet in a shoebox, a child will receive a bracelet, along with a kit to make another one, together with instructions.
First of all, here is how to make the bracelet:
You will need card and 7 lengths of stranded embroidery thread about 17 in/43 cm in mixed colours.
Cut a square 3.25 in/8 cm from the card and cut off the corners to make 8 equal length sides.
Cut a small slit in the centre of each side.These will hold the threads. Pierce a small hole in the centre of the card.
Tie the 7 threads together in a knot at one end and push through the hole in the card, pulling the threads up so that the knot sits just below the hole. (If this is difficult, thread the strands into a darning needle and push this through the hole.) Pull each thread into a slit in the card leaving one empty hole.
With the empty slit towards you take the THIRD thread away from it and bring this over threads 1 and 2 into the empty slit. Move the card round so that the new empty slit is once again towards you and repeat with the next third thread. Always count in the same direction from the empty slit.
Continue in this way gently pulling the bracelet down from below from time to time, until the bracelet is the right size, allowing enough thread to tie a knot at the end.
When you have finished, tie the two ends together in a knot to complete the bracelet.
To make up a kit, assemble another bracelet as above onto the piece of card but do not start pulling the threads around (or maybe just a little bit.)
The following two sheets can then be printed onto a piece of A4 paper, one on each side. One contains instructions and the other shows a picture for the outside of the pack with two little friends and their bracelets.
Fold the piece of paper in 4 so that the picture shows from the outside.
Then pop it into a polythene bag along with the made-up bracelet and as many extra kits as you wish.
A sweet gift to keep a little girl amused for hours!