DIY: Tribal Print Leather Bracelet

Ok, I think it’s time I tell you something about myself.

Most of the time when I tell people about this, the looks on their faces say they don’t believe me. But it’s true. For a long time I didn’t believe it. My mom told me about it and she said people didn’t believe her either.

But it’s true. It really is!

And I’m quite proud of the fact that I’m a direct descendant of Pocahontas.

Yep, that’s right, I came right down the pike from the daughter of Powatan, the Paramount Chief of Tsenacommacah.

My great grandfather made a family tree for my great grandmother and when I was lucky enough to inherit it, we did a little on-line research to make sure it was true and it is!!!

You see Pocahontas married John Rolfe and they had Thomas Rolfe who married Jane Poythress and they had Jane Rolfe who married Robert Bolling and they had John Bolling who married Mary Kennan and they had Jane Bolling who married Richard Randolph and they had Mary Randolph who married Archibald Cary and they had Anne Cary who married Thomas Mann Randolph and they had William Randolph who married Lucy Bolling Randolph and they had Thomas Beverley Randolph who married Maria Barbara Mayer who had Martha Elizabeth Randolph who married John High Keim who had deBenneville Randolph Keim who married Jane Owen Keim who had Elizabeth Randolph Keim who married Charles Willauer Kutz and they had Marian Elizabeth Kutz who married Louis Tenney Ross and they had Katharine Randolph Ross who married Charles Franklin Crichton and they had


How cool is that!

So I figured since I have a wee bit of Native American blood flowing through my veins, I would be qualified to create a leather tribal print bracelet tutorial for you. 🙂

I do hope Pocahontas would be proud…..


And I do hope you’ll check out the tutorial here. I’ll be giving this leather bracelet away on Saturday, March 22 to one lucky pinner and you know how much I love comments, too.  Hint, hint:)

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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43 Responses to DIY: Tribal Print Leather Bracelet

  1. Oh my goodness! How cool is that? No wonder you are creatively gifted with such a profound heritage how could you not be? Love your blog, thanks for sharing!

  2. vjstracener says:

    That is so neat. As always, you are an inspiration.

  3. Sharon says:

    Oh that is very cool 🙂 and the bracelets are gorgeous!

  4. cathynd95 says:

    off to check out the tute!

  5. merlanne says:

    Oh, how cool is this bracelet! Thanks for the tutorial.
    From Luxemburg (Europe)

  6. Cara Olsen says:

    That is some very cool lineage! And the bracelets – well, you know how I feel about your designs. :-0)

    ~ Cara

  7. Colleen P. says:

    That’s very cool! I think a lot of people would be somewhat startled by their family history if they knew it! (certainly no one looks at me and thinks native American, but I am in fact directly descended from people of the Creek nation)

    • Wouldn’t it be fun to meet all of your ancestors some day. Maybe we could all be in our thirties and just hang out visiting about how life was in their day. I’d love to meet who was before me and who will be after me.

  8. KerryCan says:

    Wow! I never knew anyone related to Pocahontas before! 😉

  9. A-Ma-Zing! How very special, and how proud you must be! And how wonderful to be able to trace it all back.

  10. Linda Lakes says:

    Knowing our heritage is wonderful, no matter what it is. love your work.

  11. Jean says:

    Fun to be related to history isn’t it ?

  12. siria says:


  13. That is very cool. Even more cool is that we are step-cousins. My great-great-great grandfather George Guest of eastern Virginia married a Mary Bernard Guest lineal descendant of Pocahontas after my great great great grandmother died. Her great great grandfather was a Colonel John Bolling (1700-1757) brother of your Jane Bolling. and grandson of Thomas Rolfe. Fascinating. Never thought I’d run into kin reading blogs!

    • Hi Sarah,
      That is so cool that we are related. I was hoping someone would read this and tell me we shared some ancestors. Thanks for sharing your history. Isn’t it fun to know where we came from! I’m sending a picture of your part of the family tree to your email.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Great, I just started doing Ancestry because I am the picture keeper. In two weeks I got emails and other photos. It was so much fun. No Indian princesses but my great great Herat grandmother was a Princess in Saxony. Such fun to find these things out!

  15. Kelley says:

    I am a descendant of Queen Aliquippa of the Mingo Seneca (think, Pittsburgh, PA area)! George Washington, during the French and Indian War, paid his respects to her with a bottle of rum and a match-coat. She preferred the rum. LOL!

    Also, my paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Ross. I wonder if we’re related as well???

    Thanks for the tutorial! You inspire me to tackle sewing projects. Fortunately, I can also get a little help from the Family & Consumer Science teacher down the hall (I’m a h.s. English teacher).

    • That is so cool, Kelley. So fun to know some of our stories from the past. We just might be related, do you know any of the names on the Ross side?

    • Gloria Forouzan says:

      I came across your post as I was researching Aliquippa. I live in PIttsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The Native American village called Shannopin Town was located here in the mid – late 1700s. It is said that for a while Aliquippa lived in Shannopin (she moved a lot around the region).
      We’re working to get more public acknowledgement of the Native American history of the city & I have been trying to track down descendants of indigenous leaders. I”d love to talk with you, please email me:
      Thank you!

  16. Deb Shevelin says:

    Bracelets are my favorite, I wear one every day, really, every day. I LOVE this one because of it’s simple, primitive style. The best part is that I can make one because I already have everything to do it, including the leather jacket from my favorite Salvation Army store that I bought 2 years ago. I knew that some day it would be used to create something wonderful. The pictures and easy directions are all I needed to get my creative juices flowing. I can’t wait till this weekend to make a couple. Thank You!

  17. Jo H. says:

    That is just so neat to know your ancestry! And how fortunate to have the research part already done. I was given extensive research on my dad’s side of the family and it’s so interesting to read and imagine … wish I could go back in time!

    Unique bracelets – have never seen a tutorial on this kind. How do you tie them with one hand??

    • Thank you, Jo, and yes, you definitely need a third hand to help tie this bracelet. 🙂

      So cool you’ve got your dad’s lineage. Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to meet your ancestors some day. I would love that!

  18. Love it! Such a cool looking bracelet, maybe I’ll make one for myself..or maybe I’ll wait and try to win it!!

  19. Bev Ames says:

    I ditto what Tamye says, VERY GIFTED. I’m new to your blog (started last week Wednesday 3/3/14) and truly love it. When I’m feeling creative I will sew my own clothes, mainly summer dresses though. I plan on visiting Goodwill Stores in the near future! Thank you for your inspiration.

  20. Jennie says:

    oh how cool!

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