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Coin Bracelet

Coin Bracelet

Description:  This Coin Bracelet features a Chinese Coin in the center.  The design matches the Coin Sandals, if you wish to coordinate.

The band is beaded, and there is a button clasp.   Any type of coin with an opening in the center can be used. 

This is a very easy Macrame pattern, suitable for beginners.  The most challenging part to making this Micro-Macrame bracelet is handling the fine materials.  In the example shown, 1mm Cotton Embroidery thread was used.

The coins you see here are sold in Free Macrame Pattern's online store.  Click on the green banner to the left to visit Acajou Crafts.   You will find them in the Jewelry Supplies, with the Charms.

Supplies Needed:
  • 1mm Cord material (Less than 10 yards)
  • Size 6/0 Seed Beads
  • One 20mm Coin (with hole in center)
  • One 1/2-inch shank button for clasp
  • Project board, pins, tape, glue

Knots Used:


Cut 4 cords, each 11 times the finished length you wish to make.  So for a 6-inch Coin Bracelet, the cords should be at least 66 inches long. 

Prepare the tips of the cords by applying a thin coat of glue.  Allow it to dry completely before starting.   

Buttonhole Clasp


Step 1:  Locate the center of all 4 cords, and arrange them vertically on your board. 

Apply a piece of masking tape across them, so the bottom edge of it is at the center.

Mentally number the four cords.  Cord 4 will be used to tie the Larks Head knots for the clasp.

1st Half

Step 2:  Tie the first half of the Larks Head knot, by passing cord 4 over - under cords 1 - 3 (clockwise)

As you pull it right, pass over cord 4.

Tighten the knot so it rests against the bottom of the tape (see next image).

2nd Half

The second half of the knot is tied by passing cord 4 under - over cords 1 - 3.

As you pull it right, pass under cord 4.


Step 3:
  Repeat step 2 to tie several more Larks Head knots. Push them close together as you progress. 

Stop when the sennit measures 3/4-inches in length.

Turn Around

Step 4:  Rotate the entire sennit around on your board.  Cord 4 will now be on your left.

Starting at the center again, tie the same number of Larks Head knots as in the first half (or measure).

The only change is that the loops are made in a counter-clockwise direction.


Step 5:  Fold the sennit in half and secure it at the fold. 

Tie the first half of a Square Knot with the two ends of cord 4.  The fillers are the remaining cords.


Test the button to make sure it fits easily through the loop. 

You can backtrack and remove (or add) Larks Head knots to adjust the size of the clasp if necessary.  Try pushing them closer together first to see if that's enough to reduce the size.

Then tie the second half of the Square knot.

First Band

The band for the Coin Bracelet is a simple Square Knot sennit with beads applied.  This can be changed if you prefer something else.

Keep in mind that the area around the coin is made with Square knots, which is the best choice, since the knots need to be flat.


Step 6:  Tie one Square Knot below the one you tied to close the clasp (step 5). 

Apply one seed bead to both working cords (4).

Tie a Square Knot to secure the beads.


Step 7:  Tie 4 - 6 SK, which includes the one tied in the previous step.  

Slide the knots close together, to eliminate the gap between the beads.

Add the next pair of beads, then repeat.


Step 8:  Repeat step 7 several times, until the band for your Coin Bracelet is HALF the finished size you are making, MINUS 0.5 inches.

So for a 6-inch bracelet, half would be 3 inches.  Subtract 0.5-inch and the sennit needs to be 2.5 inches long.

Attach the Coin

Step 9:  Now it's time to attach the coin to the center area of the Coin Bracelet.

Divide the cords into two groups of four.  Move the left group aside for now, and use only the right group. 

Cord 4

Locate cord 4, which is the shortest cord in the group.  You must move it so it will be used only as a FILLER cord from now on.

Use two of the long cords as the working cords for the next group of SK.  Mentally re-number, so the working cords are 1 and 4.


Step 10: Place the coin under the four cords, with the top edge of it close to where you divided the cords into two groups.

Tie another short sennit of SK with the four cords, stopping when you reach the hole in the center of the coin.  Count the number of SK you tied.

Step 11:  Using the other group of four cords on the left, tie a sennit of SK.

Tie the same number of knots as you did in step 10.  You can also measure both sennits to verify they are the same size.


Step 12:  Pass the cords from the RIGHT sennit through the hole in the coin from back to front, so it ends up resting on the back of the coin. 

The LEFT sennit should be moved aside for now, but it will be placed on the front of the coin in step 14.


Step 13:  Separate the cords from the RIGHT sennit, so cords 1 - 2 go left, and 3 - 4 go right.


Step 14:  Pass the cords from the LEFT sennit through the hole in the coin from front to back.

Make sure they go between the cords you separated in the last step.


Step 15:  Move the cords from the LEFT sennit out of the way. They are under the coin right now.

The four cords from the RIGHT sennit are now used to make another sennit in the front of the coin, from the hole to the bottom edge.  Mentally number them, and apply beads to cords 2 and 3.


Tie the same number of SK as you did in step 10. Measure it if you wish.

The last knot should rest slightly past the lower edge of the coin.



Step 16:  Turn over the Coin Bracelet, so you can work with the cords in the back of the coin.

Tie the same number of SK as you did in step 10, using the four cords from the LEFT sennit.


Step 17:  Turn the Coin Bracelet to the front again.  Move the cords from the front sennit out of the way.

Arrange those from the back so cords 1 and 4 are horizontal.  Leave the other two vertical.


Place the cords from the front sennit straight down, so you end up with 4 from the front and 2 from the back, in one group.

Tie one SK with cords 1 and 4.  The fillers are the six vertical cords.

Second Band and Button

Band 2

Step 18:  Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create the second band for your Coin Bracelet. 

Start by adding the beads to cords 1 and 4.

Measure as you progress, so that both are the same size.


Turn over the bracelet and slide the button onto the fillers (all of them).  The shank should be face up.

You can clip off some of the fillers if necessary, but do your best to get as many through the shank as possible.

Sliding them through one at a time really helps!


Step 19:  Bend the fillers back towards the coin. 

Leave a little space between the button and the last knot tied in the band. 

In Space

Tie one SK with cords 1 and 4 around all the other cords, even the ones bent back.

Tighten it so it rests in the space you left for it.  Apply glue while tightening, so it's on the inside of the knot.


Step 20:  Finish off cords 1 and 4 by tying a Barrel Knot. Apply glue and tighten firmly.  When the glue is dry, cut off the excess material.

Trim all the fillers (in a group) down to 1/2-inch.  Apply glue to the back of the Coin Bracelet, and place them on the glue.  Use a clip to hold them in place while the glue dries.

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