Friendship Bracelets

“Friendship bracelets in the 8th grade, I loved you since back in the day…”
“Back in the Day”, Wayne Brady

More than Jelly Shoes, more than Swatch watches… even more than super-high bangs, there was one accessory that almost every child of the 80s donned at one point. The friendship bracelet.

The snazzy little, hand-woven bands of embroidery floss were all the rage. And if you didn’t have at least, oh… eight or ten, well… you may as well have been that loser that spent all afternoon in the computer lab.

No one can say for sure where they started or how everyone learned (so quickly) to weave all those intricate patterns and designs, but there they were, stacked up our arms in more colors than a rainbow.

But not just any colors, no ma’am. Each color had its own special meaning. Red meant love. Green meant good luck. Yellow meant you like bananas. (Okay, we made that one up, but you get the idea.)

The more bracelets you had, the cooler you were. And no, you wouldn’t dream of ever taking any of them off… well, unless Becky completely started hitting on your boyfriend, and then that one little pink and green bracelet was headed for the trash. Served Becky right.

Yep, through showers, trips to the beach, and everything else, the bracelets stayed on until they simply wore out… and then there was always another friend ready to replace it for you.

Friendship bracelets took a little break in the 90s and 00s, but we’re happy to see that they’ve started making a comeback. Guess some things just never go out of style.

We ♥ Friendship Bracelets


~ by weheart80s on July 8, 2011.

3 Responses to “Friendship Bracelets”

  1. what is the middle one called in the picture.

  2. […] My favourite, the knotted friendship bracelet. I spent many a long, happy hour making these in different coloured embroidery thread and different patterns (perhaps you did too!). Dig out your embroidery thread, find a safety pin and get knotting. Here is a tutorial for the basic knotting pattern from bracelet book if you haven’t tried before or you need a refresher. Image: best of the 80s […]

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