Hey! You know what’s cool again??


and suddenly, I'm 10 again

Okay, so I don’t know if they’re cool with EVERYBODY, but they’re cool with me! I saw a post the other day on The Purl Bee, that featured old school macraméd friendship bracelets and I decided I had to make some immediately.

I can so clearly remember taking home the free, peel off instruction sheets on how to make the various bracelets from the Piece Goods Shop at the mall in about the 4th grade. I worked for hours on them, and would use my allowance to go back and buy more of the colorful floss to make more and more. I never really thought of it as doing a craft back then, but now I think about how these were part of my start in loving to make things for myself and other people.

Plus, they’re super fun. And I make way good ones. AND, if you’re my friend, I just might make you one!

13 Thoughts on “and suddenly, I’m 10 years old again

  1. Oh I saw that post and I wanted to make those SO BAD. You should see my floss collection- it’s out. of. control. There aren’t enough embroidery projects in the world so this might be perfect. God, I remember learning to make these during After The Bell.

  2. I bkmked that purl bee post after I saw it and after seeing your post this morning, I pulled out my thread and started on an awesome eight strand rainbow. I’m so excited that I finally know how to make the chevron :)
    Now, if only I had some keds to pin the bracelet to while I sit cross legged!

  3. omg. i had so many friendship bracelets in grade school. thanks for bringing back the memories..
    (i think somewhere in the depths of my sewing room closet I still have my floss box..)

  4. oh so awesome! i have been seeing them around the interwebs, including on the purl bee, and really wanted to make some although i’m not sure i want to embrace my 10 year old self again. you’re certainly providing good motivation though, with your amazing ones.

  5. I want to make some too! I’ve been eyeing my box of embroidery floss. I saw a post a while back and then with Purl Bee talking about it again. Ahh the good old days.

  6. Oh how neat! I’ve never learned how to make them, but man they look cool.

  7. Love the blue and green one!
    Oh my, I seem to be old,
    I can not remember if I made one…

  8. I loved making friendship bracelets as a kid. My mom even bought me a book about making them. My favourites things to make were little flowers. I made a bunch of rings too. In junior high, my friendship bracelet making evolved into beaded hemp bracelets which incorporates more macramé knot vocabulary. Ah, nostalgia!

  9. last year i moved to congo where i couldn’t bring much of my craft supply hoard… i realized friendship bracelets were the perfect travel companion for the needy crafter and stocked up on a million colors. there are some sites online that show you how to make INTENSE ones but they are perfect for long trips when you want to pack light… or moves that can take no more than 3 suitcases.

  10. Allison on July 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm said:

    Hey! I’m your friend! You need to teach me how to do that!

  11. I’ve made so many of these already this summer! I don’t think any of my friends are into it though, because I have yet to get one in return.
    I remember walking around with an in-progress bracelet (or, more likely, an anklet!) safety pinned to my jeans at all times. This is the coolest comeback craft ever.
    Yours look perfect, by the way!

  12. Wow, yours are beautiful. My teen daughters were making some the past few weeks. (they are just beginners)…they will adore yours. Will go check out the link!
    xoxo
    Kimmie
    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted
    *with one on the way through adoption!

  13. Shelli Aderman on September 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm said:

    I was in high school, but goodness, do I remember them! I’ve seen them everywhere lately, and it makes me want to get the old safety pin for my jeans on the school bus to make more! 😉

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