Despite my reservations, I was browsing the craft section recently on a trip to Walmart and I spotted some suede cording that was just screaming to be made into bracelets. I grabbed the cording and some beads and came up with these great knotted bracelets that have even ME wearing multiple bracelets all the time.
First to determine the length you need, wrap the cording loosely around your wrist. You need a length that is a little over 4 times your wrist size (it may seem big, but you'll be folding the cord in half and making lots of knots so if you're in doubt, make it too long so you have more to work with.) I have skinny little wrists, and my total length was 36 inches.
If you have small beads, you may want to snip the ends of your cording to make it easier to thread your beads on. Next, fold your cord in half and tie an overhand knot at the end to make a loop for the closure. Finally, thread your first bead on and tie a knot a little bit below the bead. Thread another bead on the side opposite where you strung the first bead and tie another knot. Repeat. Tie a knot at the end of the bracelet to finish.
Now you have a pretty knotted bracelet! You can buy all sorts of different colored suede cording and beads. I made a black and tan one because they go with everything, but I have some turquoise cording that I can't wait to make more with!
Layer them or wear one by itself, they're cute either way!