Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Friendship Bracelet Swap: Sign Up Now!

 [Image from Syd and Goose]

I have been thinking about hosting a friendship bracelet swap for months now—particularly after I found a stash of old supplies hidden in my parents attic. I made bracelets All The Time. I had a purple lap desk and a plastic fishing tackle box that held my supplies and I could set up my knotting and braiding shop wherever we went (I spent hours making them in our maroon Dodge Caravan).

[Image from Folksy]

I gave some to friends and I kept some for myself, and I definitely equate them with long days at the beach and flip flops.

Since the opportunities to connect with our online communities offline seem to be few and far between, I hope this will provide a moment to bridge that gap.

Here's how to participate:
1. Email me at thingswemake [at] gmail [dot] com (be sure to let me know your name) by May 25 in order to sign up. I will reply with details by May 28.  I've realized that having a deadline on this wasn't necessary, so if you want to join in, just make sure you can send your bracelet in by the due date!
2. Make one bracelet and mail it me to arrive no later than June 20. Please include a note saying who you are, your email/website/etsy/twitter info so that the person who receives your bracelet will know who their friend is. I will pair you up with someone so that you get a bracelet from the person who receives yours.
3. Optional: donate some extra bracelet making supplies and I'll bundle them to give to my local Boys & Girls Club so that younger girls can have the pleasure of making each other bracelets this summer.

[Image via Wendylouise on flickr]

-I am leaving the type of bracelet you make completely open, so use gimp, embroidery thread, fabric, whatever you feel moved to use. (Channel your inspiration from when you went to summer camp!)
-Since the is my first swap, I'm collecting the bracelets and mailing them out to ensure that anyone who makes one gets on in return.
-Please be sure that you are able to commit to finishing and sending your bracelet when you sign up.

Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you'll join in the fun!


  1. I love this idea-- do you remember the safety pins with beads threaded on? I'm pining for a pair of keds just so I can stick em in the laces :)

  2. I am in....sending email now :D

  3. i love this! emailing you right now :)

  4. Count me in, too...I just sent my email to ya. Excited to get started.
    Peace & Love,

  5. I got the idea to make friendship bracelets last week when I got into embroidery. Then I saw this via Twitter and flipped out! This is the coolest idea ever! I can't wait to make one and make a friend in the process.

  6. Aww, I'm just now seeing this. I wonder if it's too late? The funny part is, I bought friendship bracelet-making supplies a couple weeks ago, just cos I was itching to make one!

  7. Hey AT! I just took the deadline to sign up off, so shoot me an email if you want in and I'll send you the info!