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Tutorial Tuesday – Rubber band bracelets without a loom

by on October 8, 2013


Happy Tuesday! It’s the best time of the week – time for a Tuesday tutorial! This week, we tackle a tough question – What do you do when you want to make a rubber band bracelet, but you don’t have a loom? Here, I present two patterns you don’t need a loom to make.

Single pattern


You need:

  • Rubber bands
  • One C-clip

We used 24 bands for a child-sized bracelet. The adult-sized bracelets shown use 26 and 28 bands.

1. Pinch first rubber band in half

2. Attach C-clip

3. Hold the two ends of the first together. Pinch the second rubber band flat.

4. Insert second rubber band into the first rubber band.

5. Pinch the two free ends of the rubber band together. Pinch a new rubber band in half and insert into the previous rubber band.

You should now have several links that look like this.

Repeat until the bracelet is the desired length.

6. Insert clip into the end of the bracelet.


Fishtail Pattern


You need:

  • Rubber bands
  • One C-clip
  • A fork

The large, adult-sized bracelet here used 58 rubber bands. A smaller adult or child-sized bracelet will use about 50 or fewer.

If you are using a plastic fork and find that the tines get in your way, you can snap the two center tines off.

1. Place the first rubber band on one tine of the fork, twist in the center and put the rubber band on the other tine. This will be the only rubber band that will be twisted.

2. Attach C-clip.

3. Put two more rubber bands on the fork.

4. While holding the rubber bands on the fork with your thumb, grab the bottom rubber band. Bring it up over the other rubber bands. Repeat on the other side.

5. Tug on the C-clip.

6. Place the next rubber band on top. While holding the rubber bands on the fork with your thumb, grab the bottom rubber band. Bring it up over the other rubber bands. Repeat on the other side.

7. Tug on the C-clip.

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Repeat steps 6 and 7 until your bracelet is the desired length.

8. Bring the bottom rubber band over the top rubber band, so only one rubber band remains on the fork.

9. Take the bracelet off the fork and pinch the two free ends together.

10. Attach the clip to the free end of the bracelet.


Thanks to Justin for being my hand model this week. Don’t miss a single riveting tutorial! Bookmark our tutorial page and check back on Tuesdays for new ones.

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  1. Wonderful to see how to do it without a loom! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I know how to do it now

  3. June permalink

    We needed this idea for our 35 Vacation Bible School Kids to make friendship bracelets for Africa. We have a very small budget so this was just what we needed. Thanks much

  4. Sue permalink

    Thank’s so much for sharing. I have Fibromyalgia and this is something I can do for the grand-children. THANK’s

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