It’s that time of year! Time to craft, craft, craft for Operation Christmas Child! And keep an eye out for buy-one-get-one and clearance sales, too.
When I needed to spend just a wee bit more to get a whole lot of $ off, I found a package of jingle bells playing my tune.
I brought them home to my yarn stash and hooked them up with some brightly colored pony beads to make a Jingle Bell Bracelet for Operation Christmas Child.
You can use any beaded bracelet pattern (scroll down for patterns), just substitute bells for beads.
If you want to have bells and beads, string them on the yarn in the reverse order you want to use them in your design.
Beads and bells that go on last will be used first.
For example, here I’ve just strung bells. If I wanted beads, too, I would need to string: bell-bead-bell-bead. Or whatever pattern pleases you.
What do you do if you’ve strung a herd of bells and forgotten to string beads in between?
I did that very thing, so I came up with this solution:
Create a loop close to your crochet piece, then slip that loop in the hole of the bead.
Use that loop as your next yarn over.
The bead gets crocheted in right where you want it!
Then you can slide the next bell up.
And continue on just as if you’d planned it to work that way.
Slide bell, slip loop on bead, slide bell …
In the bracelet below, I used one bell and lots of beads:
As far as the actual pattern I used, it’s super easy.
I just made a row of fsc, adding a bead/bell every so often, then sc around the row on both sides of the fsc, finishing by sewing together the short ends.
Here are a few more beaded bracelet patterns to play with:
They work up so quickly every shoebox can have one!
It’s Your Turn
- Do have a favorite craft item that you like to include in your shoeboxes?
- Do you crochet with beads or bells?