The Art of Darkness

Tutorial: Medieval Token

These are general instructions for making a cross-stitched bracelet. The finished dimensions of this particular piece are 6″x1″ for the fabric band and 8″ length including the chain.


  • Scrap of Aida cross-stitch cloth
  • Embroidery floss
  • Beads or seed pearls (optional)
  • Scrap of cotton fabric for backing
  • Thread
  • Ribbon end caps
  • Two jump rings
  • Short length of chain
  • Lobster claw clasp
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Stitched Cloth

Make sure you use soft, “bendable” Aida cloth rather than the stiff kind. Stitch a small pattern in the cloth using the embroidery floss. The one shown here is from One-Hour Cross Stitch, but you can use whatever pattern you like. If desired, embellish further with small beads or seed pearls.

Sewn Tube

Trim the cloth to desired size, leaving 1/4″ on all sides for stitching. Cut a piece of sturdy cotton cloth (like muslin or calico) to the same size. With right sides together, stitch the two long sides with a 1/4″ seam. (Note: I used a contrasting color to show detail, but you should try to use thread that matches the fabric.)

Turned Tube

Turn the fabric tube right-side out. Press, then stitch across the raw ends.

Folded Ends

Fold each corner of the short ends to the middle and stitch to tack in place.

Ribbon End Caps

Clamp the ribbon end caps to the short ends, making sure to cover the tacking stitches.

Finished Bracelet

Cut a short length of chain with jewelry snips. (If possible, measure the circumference of the wrist and cut a piece of chain that will give the bracelet a fairly snug fit.) Using jump rings, attach one end of chain to one of the ribbon end caps. Attach a lobster claw clasp to the other end. (The clasp should be small enough to clip through the loop of the other end cap.)

And you’re done! Present as a token of affection, or just wear it yourself.