Monday, August 26, 2013

Inspiration Monday: Mall Survival Bracelet

Get your creative juices flowing

Mall Survival
by: Pam Kearns
Paracord Survival bracelets are all very well - but we know there are tougher environs to survive than out in the forest where all you have to worry about are bears and venomous snakes. Anyone whose has ever shopped the mall pre-holiday sale knows that venomous snakes have nothing on the angry store clerk and toddlers make bears look like a picnic.

This a more feminine version of a cobra stitch bracelet and is done using our new Parachute Cord. The sample shown measures about 9.25" in length and fits a 6.5" wrist. You need to allow more length due to the thickness of the cord and beads.

The instructions for the bracelet are in the Parachute Cord Instruction Booklet with the following changes:

  • Use the 20mm jump rings instead of the plastic buckle
  • In Step 1, slide the bead onto the cord that is laid over the centre cords and ensure that, when tying, the knot is below the bead. In subsequent knots, the bead thread alternates sides going onto the thread that loops east to west.
  • When complete, open one jump ring and attach the clasp.
Alternately - check out this video or search on youtube for "paracord bracelet tutorial" - there are thousands of them!
For my wrist, the space between the two jump rings was equal to my wrist size. You can try on the bracelet for fit before you cut off and 'melt' the edges. The knots are easily untied if necessary.

FYI, the 'Cobra' stitch is also known as the 'Square' stitch in macrame.


Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!
Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

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