diy {dressed up Target sailor bracelet}


The Target $1.00 bins…I can never pass by without peeking. Even if I am in a rush I do a fast paced ‘mall walk’ just in case there is something wonderful needing me to take it home. Earlier this week I saw simple Sailor Bracelets in several colors. Technically they are super easy to make, but it was worth a dollar to save my time. I picked up two to combine for a wider bracelet. Simple and fast. I made mine while kids were eating lunch…because the only time my daughter doesn’t want to be held is when she is eating:)


2 Target dollar bin Sailor Bracelets

fabric (3 1/2in x 30in strips)


Step 1: Cut your fabric into 3 strips that are about 1/2 inch wide and 30 inches long

Step 2: Tie the strips together at the end

Step 3: Braid about 2 inches down


Step 4: Begin braiding the fabric through the bracelet. This might look confusing, but you are just doing a simple braid and as you braid weave the fabric through the Target bracelet.


Step 5: Once you’ve braided all the way around the Target bracelets, braid the fabric just a bit more.

Step 6: Take the long ends of the fabric and tie them together. End with a knot.

Step 7: As you braid the fabric it will fray a bit. Take your scissors to trim in extra strings.



If you don’t like the fabric fray you could do all kinds of things to keep the edges more defined. I like the fray look…and it is super fast!

Yeah for Target!

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  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Wow, what a cute(& cheap) bracelet:) LOVE it!

  • Casey - this looks so cool! I don’t have a Target around me though and I’ve never seen these bracelets before. maybe I can make them myself

  • Denelle Hygrell - Hi,
    I just found your blog and started reading the crafty posts. I saw your daughter in the cast and wondered… but didn’t think much of it until I was reading the archives. In 1980, when I was 2.5 yrs old, I fell off of my aunt’s deck. I broke my left femur. I had to stay in the hospital for several weeks, in traction, also. It was the during Easter that we were at my aunt’s house. I eventually was released to go home and lived in a wagon because I had a similar cast to your daughter’s — meaning immobile and awkward. I just think it is crazy the coincidences. I imagine that your daughter will have no memories of this time, I don’t. Except, I do remember the floor of the hospital as being black and white; I consider this my earliest memory. I also got a very special egg from my aunt to commemorate the time I spent in the hospital. (I was in a hospital several hours away from my home, because of where the accident happened.)
    Good Luck,

  • amber - Really cute! FYI- don’t get them wet, they will shrink up on your wrist and you won’t be able to get them off!

  • Brooke Whitis - YAY for you. You are AWESOME. What kinds of fun boy crafts did you do when the boys were little? About to have two little boys…and excited to do fun crafty things, although not as many for sweet boys as girls..

  • twirlingbetty - You are utterly amazing. I love this.

  • Danielle - sop it. in love.

  • Seamingly Sarah - Super cute!

  • Becca G - didn’t see those bracelets at our target either but i think i’ll try connecting a couple of the t-shirt bracelets! i’ll let you know how it comes out :)

  • Jessica at Me Sew Crazy - This is so gorgeous!! I am in love, trying to figure out how to make a belt out of it…think I have an idea :)

  • Beverly @ - This is soooo cute!! I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for those bracelets!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Shelly Coulter - Hi! I wanted to tell you I thought of you at Target today. There is a t-shirt in the baby boy section that is white and says “Little Firecracker” with a cartoon firecracker on it. Its adorable. Its with a bunch of 4th of July shirts and is $4. Reminded me of your little firecracker whom I have prayed for a lot over the last month! I know you don’t know me and I hope this doesn’t creep you out. :) I follow your blog and get a lot of inspiration from your pictures and crafts! :) Happy Weekend!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - we did a Target run today, but no luck. That bracelet is beautiful! Great job on it!

  • Kelly - I HAVE to do that! I have an operation coming up soon that is begging for recovery projects. Another wonderfully creative idea. Thanks!

  • Jeannette - Of course, super cute!

  • Zhanna - what an awesome idea. their dollar bin makes me happy :)

  • Tammy - How in the world do you come up with these AWESOME ideas???? Man, you are one amazing lady!!! :)

  • Brittany - This is a cute idea! I did something similar with recycled can tabs on my blog.

  • Elizabeth Beattie - I just made one! Thanks for the awesome idea! I picked up two of the pink sailor bracelets too so I will be making a second one. I love it! I will blog and link back to you about it tomorrow!

    So glad the cast is gone!



  • George - If you don’t find these sailor bracelets at Target you can order some online from my Etsy shop. A 10 pack of handmade 100% cotton sailor bracelets is available here:

    If you would like some child size rope bracelets in colors check here:

    All are handmade by me, packed and shipped promptly.


  • Soorro Alaniz - love this idea… so so creative!

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  • Cinnamon Spring - That looks fantastic! I haven’t seen any sailor bracelets where I am though, but would love to try this out! xx

  • Pat C. - What an adorable and clever idea… thanks for sharing the tut! xoxo

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  • isabel - Nice

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