There’s this really interesting phenomena that has always fascinated me until I finally decided to ask the old interweb how it’s done.
Braided products that don’t have any open ends or seams.
The internet, per usual, came up with the answer right away and it was actually 100 times easier than I expected.
So, I am going to show you how it’s done. Sit back, relax, and get ready to have your mind blown.
My wrist measurement is 6” so piece I will cut should be 9” x ¾”
Measure your wrist or however long you want your braid. Add one inch to that measurement so the material has a little wiggle room when you go to make the braid. This measurement will be the distance between your snaps.
Also add a little space after where the snap or other closure will be. I added an inch to both sides of my strap so I can make a rounded edge.
I am making my braid pass under itself to minimize gapping at the beginning and end of the braid, but yours can be overhand if that is easier for you and ultimately will not look significantly different.
To do this braid all you need to know how to do is a basic three strand braid BUT start by taking the end of the strap and flipping it up and through the second and third strips.
Then start your braid.
Make six passes for the braid. Stop at the sixth and hold it in place with one hand. With the other hand, untangle the strips starting at the bottom of the braid until the strips are no longer twisted and lie flat.