How to Make a Seed Bead Bracelet

Have you ever wanted to make a seed bead bracelet? If so, you won’t believe how fun and easy it is to make one. Seed bead bracelets are always popular, and you don’t have to spend a pretty penny in order to have one for yourself. Here are some basic instructions on how to make a basic seed bead bracelet.

Once you have mastered these techniques, you can make designs and patterns of your own. You may use either 11o or 15o size beads, but I prefer the 11o because the patterns stand out and the beads are easier to work with.

Use a needle that will pass easily through your beads. You can use any size thread that you wish, but I especially like size D Nymo thread. Try to use a color that matches the color of your seed beads.

For this project, you will be using square stitch. Square stitch is one of the easiest stitches to learn and is one of the most versatile that beaders use. To make the bracelet:

Start by stringing on your stop or end bead. Then, start stringing on 5 11o beads. String on a sixth 11o and go through the fifth bead from left to right. The sixth bead should sit on top of the fifth bead, the ends going from left to right. Your string and needle should now be coming out of the fifth bead. Go through your sixth bead going from right to left. Now you can add your seventh bead and go through the fourth bead in the bottom row. Again, go from left to right. Do NOT go through the fifth bead. Go immediately back up to the seventh bead and pull your needle from right to left. Repeat until you get to the end of the row. Flip your work over so that your needle is immediately next to your body and then treat the third row as if it were the second row.

Continue making the square stitch until you have 6” (or so, depending on the thickness of your wrist). Create the clasp:

Do NOT cut off your thread when you are finished with the square stitch. String on twenty or so beads and go through the last bead again. You should have formed a loop. Tie off the thread and attach a button to the other end of the bracelet. The button should be able to go through the loop. Try to use a bead that has a loop attached to the bottom (for easy attachment). Using a large bead will look much more “design harmonious” than using a spare button.