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 πŸ™‚


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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  • Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl - This is AWESOME! I hope my Target has these…;) Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! Bookmarking it…;)

  • Jenny Joy - Oh. My. That is adorable! What a great idea!

    (And I heart Target’s $1 section, too. A little too much. πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah - LOVE Target $1 bins! Running over there now! Thanks for the GREAT idea!

  • MommaHen - You are super woman! Always coming up with the best projects!

  • Down Home Magazine - super cute

  • tiffani - Super easy and cute! Thanks for sharing your creative mind with us!

  • Joni - love it! i am so doing this! i hope i can find some of these bracelets.

  • Alissa - I am so doing this!! Thanks for the great idea:))

  • reeve - so, so cute! Just wish I liked wearing bracelets!

  • amanda torres - I love Target for coupon deals πŸ˜‰

  • Ruth - <3 <3 <3

  • Sarah - AH! i was JUST in target last night. i browse the $1 bins everytime i go! i didn’t see these bracelets last night. maybe in VA they have different things? I love this Ashley! super cute and super easy! i did all my Easter and spring birthday shopping this year for the $1 bins; yeah Target!

  • Nora - oh wow – I love this!

  • Emily Langston - adorable!

  • Molly - Too Cute!!!!

  • Carol V - I love it! You are so creative! I bet Target has a run on $1 bracelets today. πŸ™‚

  • Erica - My favorite thing! Cute, Cheap and Easy!!! Will be checking our Target’s dollar bins later today!

  • Mandy M - What fabric is that!?!? I LOVE! πŸ™‚

  • Laura - It looks amazing!

  • katie P. - Such a creative and cute idea!! i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!

  • Vanessa - very cool! I haven’t seen these in my dollar spot bins but will be checking again. thanks πŸ™‚

  • Stacy Littlejohn - You are so rediculously creative!

  • Anna - only you could think of doing something as awesome as that!!! i hope my Target still has these!

  • Krystina - Oh man! I wanna make one of these now! If I get to my Target and they don’t have some I’m going to be super bummed!

  • katie - You’re so smart!

  • pattilouwho - adorable! I love it.

  • melany - Oh my gosh!!! You are a genius!!! Now, if you will excuse me I think I am going to take a trip to Target. I simply MUST do this!!!

  • meg duerksen - 15 seconds magruber!!!!!

  • Elizabeth Beattie - So fantastic! I have the perfect fabric to use for this project. BTW, I just picked up a $5 five yard bolt of thin jersey fabric at Walmart to make more bracelets for Craft Hope. I have been using the same pattern you shared from V and Co. Thanks!

  • christina larsen - Really cute.

  • Dana @ Bungalow'56 - Do you truly come up with these ideas on your own? It amazes me.

  • heather - oh my goodness! i hope target still has some of these by the time i get there. i love this!

  • Heather - That is so adorable! Man you are so creative!! I hope my Target has them.

  • liz @ bon temps beignet - I can’t get enough of Target dollar bin items! I made over a little cherry plate into a monogramed jewelry catch-all.

    Can’t beat a dollar makeover!!

  • Summer Crosbie - Love this! Went to my Target this morning and they didn’t have the bracelets. Boo! πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca - When I was a kid I always wore sailor bracelets. I love this idea. Three Cheers for Target $1 Bins!

  • Zee - That is so creative! I love it!

  • Stephanie - Hi Ashley! Love the bracelet, so cute! And this is a great Mother/Daughter activity that would be awesome to share with our church, for a family fun moment :o) Thanks again for sharing! BTW – how do you get that adorable “tape” labels on your photographs? I love the way it looks! Thanks Ashley I really love reading your blog!

  • amy - This never would have crossed my mind. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing..I will be making these..

  • cailan - You are just so smart! This is really cute, and now I to fit Target into the schedule…

  • Karmen - Hi! As I stay overseas and I don’t think I’ll be able to find any sailor bracelets, are there any alternatives? πŸ™‚

  • Michelle - how do you come up with these things!? so amazing! i can’t wait to try it!!!

  • Rhonda Steed - Wicked cute!!! Too bad there are no targets in Canada! BOO!

  • Kristin - such a great idea! I love it.

  • Jessica Winter - Ooh! I hope that my Target has these bracelets!

  • Monica - this is beautiful!!!

  • tara - cute cute! i am getting the youth girls together in a couple of weeks to make bracelets for the craft hope bracelet project and these would SO cute and easy! i really hope target has some left!!!

  • Tiffany - Gotta love Target!

  • elizabolt - This is brilliant! and so chic. way to go πŸ™‚

  • Michelle Z. - How itty-bitty are your hands and wrists, chica? I looked at these bracelets today, and I couldn’t get one over my big mitts!

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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. πŸ™‚ I follow your blog and get a lot of inspiration from your pictures and crafts! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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

  • 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

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