How to Make A Chinese Jump Rope

Looking for something fun to do indoors? Do you remember Chinese Jump Ropes? My sisters and I loved playing with them when we were kids.

One day it occurred to me to look for them and I found a few on Amazon, but people were totally complaining about them in the reviews, so I decided to just make one. How hard could it be, right? Turns out, it’s super easy and very inexpensive.

How to Make a Chinese Jump Rope

I got two pieces of 3/8″ braided elastic at Wal-Mart. (They were only 97 cents each.)

I cut about two feet off of one of them and sewed the two long elastic pieces together to make the Chinese Jump Rope. I used a zigzag stitch hoping that would give it a little extra strength.


No sewing machine? Other options include:

Tying it (probably would have to do multiple knots)

Stapling it (might work, if you try it, and it does, let me know)

Safety pins might also be a viable no-sew option.

How to use a Chinese Jump Rope

I don’t know what you remember, but what we used to do is do this pattern: In, out, side, to side, in, out, on. And you had to do it perfectly. My kids have been having a ball with it. My kindergartener wants to play it a lot and my daughter and I said no and he came up with this solution.


Did you guys do another pattern or use the Chinese Jump Rope in another way?


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4 Responses to How to Make A Chinese Jump Rope

  1. Jennifer January 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    I don’t know anything about this. I will have to see it in action!

    • Heather January 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Next time the girls get together, we’ll have to get it out. It’s a good time. If you are 9. Or 6. If you are north of 30, it’s a “hey, you are NOT 9″ or 22. I still think I am 22 most of the time.

  2. Anne Gro December 12, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    this jump rope was a huge part of my childhood life in Norway as well! There are tons of variations you can do to the one you mentioned.
    Bad part is I do not remember any of them,. Now I have to google it to see if some Norwegian pages still have the different variations. Young children are still jump roping :)
    Regards Anne Gro

    • Heather January 22, 2015 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Anne! Thanks so much for your comment. Sorry for the delayed response. I have such good memories of the Chinese jump rope. When our kids new school first opened they didn’t have a playground. This kind of thing is excellent in that situation. Interesting to that the Chinese jump rope was popular in Norway, too. I wonder if this came from a movie or TV show. There had to be some kind of inspiration that got everyone going on it.

      Well, Happy New Year to you! Have a great day –

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