How to Make a Knotted Leather Bracelet

Create a Stylish Bohemian Style African recycled glass bracelet

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Time: 20 min
Skill Level: Easy

In this tutorial learn how to make a simple knotted bracelet with recycled African Trade beads.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Wire Cutters (Alternative: Scissors)
  • African Brass Bicone Bead
  • 1.5 mm Round Leather
  • Recycled Glass Beads

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare Materials and Tools

Gather your materials such as the round leather, recycled trade beads, African hammered bicone, as well tools.

You can alternatively use a pair of scissors to cut leather cord.

2 Measure Round Leather and cut.

Measure 45 inches of round leather and cut.

3 Insert Bead

Insert the African hammered bicone to the leather cord.

4 Measure First End Knot

Measure 1 1/2 inch at the end of leather cord towards the first bead.

5 Create Knot

Pinch the ends of the bicone beads, leaving the short end on top and the long part at the bottom

Take the long part of the leather cord and wrap around your index finger.

Make another wrap in front of the first wrap.

Slip your index finger out of the wraps

Weave the long part of the leather underneath the loop wraps.

Pull the longer part of the cord to tighten knot.

Tighten knot as much as possible.

6 First Beading

Insert the first recycled bead.

Insert the short end into the first bead

7 Knotting The Second Knot

Follow the the knotting technique of Step 5

Support the beaded part of the bracelet with index finger as the long cord is woven through under the wraps.

Tighten the knot by pulling on both sides leather cord and beaded side to have equal tightness.

Check for knot straightness.

Cut end tail.

8 Bead and Knot till 7 Inches

Insert the next glass bead.

Follow the knotting technique of step 5.

Each knot has two wraps

Check for straightness of bead and knot.

Check for length

9 Make Loop Knot

From end of the last bead, measure a loop of 1/2 inch.

Pinch this loop with your fingers to secure.

Create a knot under the loop you are holding.

Measure the size of the loop, making sure it still is 1/2 inch.

Adjust to fit the loop for African Bicone

Tighten knot.

10 Cut End Tail

After adjust ing the loop and tightening the lat knot cut the end tail of the round leather 1/4 inch away from the last knot.

Tips & Advice

  • Be aware of the weak points of the leather by pulling on the stand if it will break before you use it.


Enjoy your bracelet. This knotting technique is very simple and can be applied to other beads. So have fun and don't forget to share your finished bracelets to us by tagging us on your social media.

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