How to Decorate Knit Wristbands

by Sarah Vrba Google
Take away the utilitarian aspect of knit wristbands using a few craft materials.

Take away the utilitarian aspect of knit wristbands using a few craft materials.

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Knit wristbands come in a variety of styles, from freshly crocheted to soft knit jerseys. In either case, these wristbands can be used as a funky accessory to pair with a summer tank top or a flowing dress. A typical knit wristband may only have a single color and very little decoration. With a few crafting supplies and a little innovation, you can create a unique accessory.

Items you will need

  • Charms
  • Beads
  • Sequins
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Lace ribbon
Step 1

Attach small charm medallions to the knit wristband. Use a needle and thread to sew the charms into place. Consider sewing a single, large charm in the center of the wristband, where it can be seen when you wear it. Another option is to attach a few smaller charms along the bottom edge of the wristband to create a tassel effect.

Step 2

Attach sequins on each edge of the knit wristband to create a sparkly border. Buy the sequins as an attached string, or buy a bag of separate sequins. Use a needle and thread to attach the string of sequins, creating a solid single line along each edge of the wristband. Sew the sequins into place by pushing the needle through the center hole of the sequin. When using single sequins, use a hot glue gun to create fun patterns using different colors. You can also attach sequins in the center of the wristband in any design you want. For example, write your name using sequins. Place a pea-sized dot of glue on the back of the sequin and press into place on the knit cloth for a few seconds.

Step 3

Create a funky pattern on the wristband using large decorative beads. Use a thread and needle to sew the beads into place, going through the center hole of the bead. Larger beads are ideal to place in the center of the wristband, while smaller beads are suited for the edge of the wristband.

Step 4

Sew lace ribbon onto one edge of the wristband. Use stretchy lace ribbon so that the wristband can be easily placed on, or removed from, your wrist. To create a frilly, girlie look, cut a piece of lace ribbon that matches the circumference of the wristband. Sew the edge of the lace to the edge of the wristband and wear the wristband with the lace facing toward your hand.

About the Author

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.

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