The Fun Craft of Scoubidou or Boonedoggle

Scoubidou or Boondoggle

Scoubidou, also known as boondoggle, is a braiding and knotting craft that is made with plastic cording, sometimes called gimp.  Although it is often a craft done at camps by children, anyone can become engaged with this fun and easy craft project.

The most common kind of thread used for the craft is flat and comes in many colors. Rexlace is the preferred type of flat plastic cording, also known as gimp.

There is a less common kind of thread that is used which is a round and hollow plasticized PVS tube around 80 centimeters in length.  Both types of threading are available in a wide range of colors and sizes.

Some projects made with scoubidou are key chains, zipper pulls, friendship bracelets and lanyards.  If you want to go wild with this craft, there are many more complicated shapes and items that can be created!

History of Scoubidou

Scoubidou became a huge fad in France, where it originated, in the late 1950s. The French singer named Sacha Distel, whose first hit in 1958 was a song named “Scoubidou”, is credited for the name of this craft that has continued to be popular the world over.

Scoubidou Basics 

Scoubidou uses knots that are the same used in macrame; however, they each use different cords. Scoubidou cording is plastic and harder than the soft fiber used in macrame, so they each produce very different results.

The commonly used knots in Boondoggle are:

  • The Square Knot
  • The Lanyard Knot
  • Snake Knot
  • Diamond Knot
  • Butterfly Knot
  • Box Knot
  • Triangle Knot
  • Chinese Knot

Because Boondoggle or Scoubidou uses only cords, this is a wonderful craft for children.  It is not messy and can be done anywhere.  As a bonus, the necessary supplies are quite inexpensive and easy to obtain.

We have many other crafts for children found here.

Our links below include books on this subject, sites with knot techniques, various project directions, as well as supplies for the craft.

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 Plastic Lace Crafts for Beginners

Plastic Lace Crafts for Beginners

Groovy Gimp, Super Scoubidou and Beast Boondoggle. by Phyllis Damon , David Kominz - Paperback - Published 2013 Affiliate Link to Amazon

 Plastic Lace Crafts for Beginners

Plastic Lace Crafts for Beginners

14 simple, fun projects!

Learn all the essential stitches and skills you need to master the colorful art of plastic lacing!
by Mr Freddy Davila - Paperback - Published 2020 Affiliate Link to Amazon

 Plastic Lace Crafts Guide

Plastic Lace Crafts Guide

Easy Plastic Lace Crafts Projects for Beginners

Five simple but fun projects are provided for making cool zipper pulls, key chains, bracelets, decorations and more.
by Mr Freddy Davila - Paperback - Published 2020

 Rexlace Plastic Lace Pack-Primary

Rexlace Plastic Lace Pack-Primary

Package contains 450ft/137m of rexlace in thirteen colors, Two keychain rings; six lanyard hooks; one EZ Gimper. Recommended for children ages 6 and up Affiliate Link to Amazon

 Scoubidou: A Book of Lanyard & Lacing

Scoubidou: A Book of Lanyard & Lacing

12 amazing projects. by Klutz - Spiral-bound - Published 2007 Affiliate Link to Amazon

 String Gimp Plastic Lacing Cord for Bracelets

String Gimp Plastic Lacing Cord for Bracelets

Kit includes 20 assorted bright colors Plastic Lacing cords (16.4 feet long each cord), with 20 pieces ring and 20 pieces clips. Affiliate Link to Amazon

Boondoggle Instructions

A comprehensive site on learning to plait cord, which is also known a boondoggle. Stitches, projects, and tips here.

Bungee Bracelet Projects

Assemble a bungee strap and make a basic bracelet. Pepperell Braiding

Gimp Braiding Projects eBook by Charles E. White, Jr.

This booklet has directions for many of the popular gimp projects, with suggestions for a multitude of patterns that can be made with any desired color combination. Gutenberg

Joining Scoubidous

Learn how to tuck in the ends, use small knots and attach two scoubidous together with these instructions. Scoubiguide

Knot - Barrel Stitch

Instructions and illustrations. Cambridge Computer Corporation

Knot - Boondoggle Square Knot

How to make a square knot boondoggle. BraceletBook

Knot - Box Stitch

Instructions with illustration for the box stitch. Pepperell

Knot - Brick Stitch

Instructions with photos for the brick stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Butterfly Stitch

Instructions with photos for the basic butterfly stitch. Scoubiquide

Knot - Butterfly Stitch

Considered one of the easiest boondoggle stitches you can do, Butterfly is nothing more than placing one loop inside of another loop of boondoggle, similar to the way you do it when crocheting.

Knot - Chinese Staircase Stitch

Instructions and pictures on the Chinese staircase stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Circle Stitch

Instructions with photos for this knot. Scouiguide

Knot - Circle Stitch

Sometimes referred to as the "Round Stitch", the Circle Stitch is similar to the Square Stitch. Learn how to at this site. Boondoggle Man

Knot - Cobra Stitch

Instructions for the cobra stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Corkscrew Stitch

Instruction for the corkscrew stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Quad Stitch

The quad stitch is an advance knot stitch. Learn how here. Scoubiguide

Knot - Round Braid

How to instructions. Cambridge Computer Corporation

Knot - Scoubidou Tornado Stitch

The Scoubidou Tornado Stitch is also a much more advanced Scoubidou stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Square (Box) Stitch

This article will teach you to do a simple stitch called the square or box stitch. WikiHow

Knot - Square Stitch

Instructions with photos for the square stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Superbrick Stitch

Instructions and photos for the advanced knot, the superbrick stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Triangle Stitch

Instructions with photos for the triangle stitch. Scoubiguide

Knot - Triangle Stitch

The Triangle Stitch is similar to the Square and Circle Stitches, except that you only need THREE strands of boondoggle to do this stitch.

Knot - Zipper Stitch (Video)

To make zipper stitch, a Scoubidou stitch, you need three pieces of gimp. YouTube

Lanyard Keychains

How to create a lanyard keychain with gimp. Boondoggle Man

Project - 4 Strand Braided Lanyard

These instructions will guide you through each one of the steps to make a 4 strand braided lanyard with plastic lace. Free Craft Unlimited

Project - Boondoggle Keychains

Boondoggle Keychains DIY Tutorial! Doddle Craft

Project - Boondoogle Keychains

Learn how to make boondoggle keychains with this step-by-step tutorial. Darice

Project - Butterfly Stitch Bracelet

A friendship bracelet using plastic lacing material. Cut Out and Keep

Project - Friendship Bracelet

Make a Box-Styled Gimp Friendship Bracelet. How to Make Jewelry

Project - Lanyard Bracelet with Chain

A tutorial on how to make a cobra stitch lanyard bracelet with chain. Chic.Classy.Cheap

Project - Lanyard Bracelets

Instruction on how to make lanyard bracelets. eHow

Project - Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet

Lanyard bracelets. The grown up version! Cut Out and Keep

Project - Patriotic Key Ring

Wear one of these red, white and blue key rings to show your patriotism. Making Friends

Project - Plastic Lanyard Bracelet

Lanyard bracelets, like you made in the summer camps when you were young, are available in all kinds of stores and boutiques nowadays. However, you can also make this accessory yourself. Here is a tutorial. Bracelet World

Project - Rexlace Bracelets

This tutorial will explain how to make a Rexlace bracelet. Blog by Katherine Kally at Our Pastimes

Project - Rexlace Chain Bracelet

People on Etsy are selling this bracelet for so much when you could make one yourself so easily. Learn how here. The Craft Caboodle

Project - Rexlace Keychains

Making Rexlace keychains is a fun project to do with children. eHow

Project - Rexlace Zipper Bracelet

Need some cool new wrist decor? Make a Rexlace bracelet. Pepperell Braiding

Project - Scoubidou Helicopter

The helicopter project is not difficult to make. Yoarra

Project - Scoubidou Keychain

Learn how to weave plastic lacing into a keychain with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Instructables

Project - Scoubidou Mouse

This scoubidou mouse is not difficult to knot. Simply follow the written/photo tutorial. Soubiguide

Project - Scoubidou Spider

This tutorial will instruct you on how to make a spider with gimp. Scoubiguide

Project - Seamless Square Bracelet

Learn how to create a seamless square bracelet with this tutorial. Boondoggle Man

Scoubidou Guide

The ultimate Scoubidou Guide. We'll show you how to make a scoubidou project from basic knotting techniques to more advanced stitches, and how to create animals or accessories. Hope you enjoy browsing! Scoubiguide

Scoubidou Mega Guide PDF

A complete Scoubidou (plastic lacing) guide with basic information, basic stitches, finishing stitches, projects and much much more. 29th Dublin Scouts

Scoubidou Snake

Learn how to make a Scoubidou Snake with these instructions. Scoubiguide

Scoubidou Stitches (Advanced Stitches)

Brick stitch, twist stitch, cobra stitch, superbrick stitch, corkscrew stitch, quad stitch and tornado stitch. Scoubiguide

Scoubidou Stitches (Basic Stitches)

Chinese stitch, square stitch, circle stitch, butterfly stitch and triangle stitch. Scoubiguide

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