How to Make Suede Bracelets

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Suede cord can be found in most craft stores.
Suede cord can be found in most craft stores. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Making your own suede bracelet allows you to customize the style, color and size to match any outfit. Create a trendy southwest look, a vintage 1970s feel, or glam it up by adding sparkly rhinestone beads. Give finished bracelets as a gift or keep them for yourself to spice up your wardrobe.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Suede cord
  • Scissors
  • Industrial-strength crafting glue
  • 2 Pyramid cord ends
  • Pliers
  • Large bead
  • 2 Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

Measure your wrist with a tape measure and add two inches to make sure you have enough extra length for braiding the cord.

Cut three pieces of suede cord to length, based on the measurement taken in Step 1.

Line up the ends of the three cords and apply a small amount of glue to the tips at one end.

Slip a pyramid cord end on to the cords where you applied the glue, making sure the cords are next to each other, not on top of each other. A pyramid cord end is like a crimp bead that holds string or cords together, except it has a loop on the end. A pyramid cord end has a wider base that is big enough to hold both ends of the suede cord.

Grip the base of the cord end with a pair of pliers and squeeze tightly so that it clamps onto the cord. The cord won't be able to slip out if you clamped it down hard enough.

Braid the three pieces of cord into a regular braid.

Slip a large bead onto the middle cord when you have braided halfway down the lengths of the cord and then continue braiding.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to attach the cord end onto the other end of the bracelet when you are finished braiding.

Open a jump ring and slip it on to the loop of one of the pyramid cord ends.

Add a lobster clasp to the jump ring and then closeit by squeezing the two ends back together.

Attach a jump ring to the loop of the pyramid cord end on the other end of the bracelet, but close it without adding anything else to it.

Put your suede bracelet on by opening the lobster clasp and attaching it to the jump ring on the other end.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add large-hole beads in contrasting colors as you braid to further customize your bracelet.
  • Don't rely on the glue to hold the cords in the pyramid cord end. Make sure it is clamped down tightly.

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