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Leather Bracelet

Leather Bracelet


Description: This Leather Bracelet features the Josephine knot, which is also called the Double Coin knot.

You will be tying two variations of this vintage knot to create this Micro-Macrame bracelet design.

The material chosen for this Micro-Macrame bracelet is round leather, but you can switch to another material, such as waxed cotton. 

The knots hold their shape better if the material is stiff.

Please note that in many of the images, I used Paracord instead of Leather, to show the details more clearly.

Supplies Needed:
  • 2mm Leather or other material
  • Project Board and tape or pins
  • Fancy button or bead for the clasp

Step 1:  Cut 1 piece of material, at least 2 yards long.  Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling. Leather needs no preparation. 

Important: When securing leather or fragile material such as Satin, be sure to use tape, or the method shown below. 

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Cross-Pin Technique


Put the first pin to the right of the area where you are securing the cord, in this case the crossing point.

Push the pin to the left, so it leans over the cord.

Lean Pin



Place a second pin on the left. Tilt it so it leans to the right, over the cord.

The two pins will cross, securing the cord to your project board.

  Crossed Pins

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Josephine Knot Instructions

First Loop  

Step 2:  Secure the center of the cord to your board. Make a counter-clockwise loop with the left end.

Be sure you bring the end under the vertical portion, to make the crossing point on the left.


Second Loop  

Bring the right end down, passing over the first loop.

Before moving on to the next step, pass the right end under the left.


Third Loop  

To make the third loop, bring the right end up to the top of the knot, rotating clockwise.

Weave it over - under - over - under the four segments of loops 1 and 2.

Completed Knot  

Balance and tighten the Josephine Knot, so that Loop 2 is at the top, with the ends at the bottom.


Loop Same Size as Button   The largest loop (#2) will be used to make the clasp for the Leather Bracelet, so make sure it's the right size for the bead or button. 


Sailor Knot Instructions

Step 3: Now you will be making Josephine Knots with only two loops, to complete the Leather Bracelet.  

Another name for this variation is the Sailor's Knot.

Left Loop

Use the left end to make a counter-clockwise loop.

The cord should pass under to make the crossing point.

Bring the right end down, passing over the first loop.



Move the right end under the left, as you bring it around in a clockwise direction.

At the top, pass it over the left end, and weave through the first loop under - over - under.


Both Knots

Tighten the knot by removing the slack gradually. 

This knot should rest close to the one above it.

I left space between the two knots in this image, so you could see the details more clearly.

Step 4:  Repeat step 3 several more times, until the Leather Bracelet is the size you wish to make.  

Place the knots close together, and tighten them so they are the same size. 

You can leave them wide and open as I did in the image at the top of the page, or tighten them a bit more. 

Pass Ends Through Shank of Button   Step 5:  The bead or button is secured to the bracelet by passing the ends through the shank in opposite directions.  

Tie First Half of Square Knot   Pull on the ends until the button is where you want it placed.  Apply glue to the button where the knot will rest.

Tie an Overhand knot, so it rests on the side of the shank that's furthest from the last Sailor knot you tied.

It doesn't matter where you place the knot if you are using a bead.

Tie Second Half of Square Knot  

Tie a second Overhand knot, placing it on the other side of the shank, close to the last Sailor knot tied.  Add glue before tightening.

Apply a generous amount of glue to the top of the knot, and allow it to dry completely. Cut off the excess material.


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