Friendship Bracelet Swap: The Rules

Jun 14

There’s been a nice amount of interest in a friendship bracelet swap, and I’ve decided to follow the method used by the best-organized craft swap on the web!  If you’d like to play along, here are the rules:

Signing up: There’s no need to sign up or notify anyone in any way that you intend to swap. Have your friendship bracelets at the address below by Monday, July 18, and you’ll be swapping. If you don’t have them there on time, they’ll be returned to you. I’ve set up a Flickr group you can join, but you don’t have to.

The bracelets: Each participant is required to make five bracelets in the same pattern but can vary the colors as much as desired. Pick your pattern, go crazy with the colors, and have fun!  Finished bracelets should be 5-7” with additional length for ties. They can be as narrow or wide as you want to make them. Remember, people have different sized wrists, so leave plenty of room for tying!

Quality: If you’ve never made friendship bracelets before, take a look at some of the tutorials listed below, and practice! Please send your very best work. I found that after one wonky bracelet, the rest turn out great. The wonky bracelet will stay with me, though!

Please use embroidery floss. To keep postage costs consistent, please don’t add charms, beads, or any other extras.  Each bracelet should be labeled with your name, town and state, and any other information you might want to include—pattern source, favorite summer activity, Twitter, Pinterest, or Ravelry handle, etc. Please tie the label onto the bracelet securely or use a safety pin to hold it on. Make sure the label won’t get separated from the bracelet!

If these requirements aren’t met, your bracelets will be sent back to you.

Swapping: Once your bracelets are received, I’ll select five different bracelets to send back to you.  You’ll have a wrist full of fun before the end of July!

Postage: Please send a SASE with $1.71 postage. International swappers will have to have a paypal account so I can bill them for their postage.

Deadline: I’ll need to receive your bracelets by July 18. Please mail them to:

ORW, PO Box 122, Granby, CT 06035


Email me at or ask in the Flickr group.



  1. I’m not going to participate but let me know if you want help sorting & sending! I could find some time to help you package things up. 🙂

  2. ok…I *may* participate but my offer to help you pack stuff up absolutely still stands!

  3. I’m going to think on this. Right now I can’t get passed the huge birthday party next weekend.

  4. Right on boss, I’ll get working!!

  5. I’m so in! Heading to the craft shop after work for some new floss.

  6. I’m not sure if I’m in as I’m traveling in early July but boy it sounds so fun!

  7. oh i am excited… very excited. Heading to Michael’s to pick out my colors today!

  8. I’ve joined the group and have my thread ready – now to decide on a pattern!!!

  9. I’m totally down! 🙂 Thanks for organizing this!

  10. Sarah /

    Awesome!! I must start!

  11. Kelsey /

    So, I am assuming that we will be getting 5 bracelets from 5 different people correct? If so this is a fantastic Idea! I so want to participate.


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