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Santa baby peyote stitch bracelet

Use three-drop peyote to make this St. Nick bracelet with a festive snowball clasp

Santa baby peyote stitch bracelet

While working the taper, you may find it helpful to sew through to the other edge of the band before starting the next set of decrease rows. This will allow you to work even-count turns instead of odd-count turns for most of the taper. 

Cylinder beads, seed beads and crystal rondelles make up this bracelet. Stitch a bracelet band, toggle ring and beaded pompon, and finish with a sparkled edging for a festive look. Work three-drop peyote stitch the same way as basic flat peyote, but treat a group of beads as if they were single beads. 


The instructions below detail how to make the bracelet band. For full instructions – including how to make the toggle ring and beaded pompon, how to add the edging – as well as to view the pattern, download the free project PDF by clicking here




Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki)- 4 g color A (DB0753, opaque matte red)- 3 g color B (DB351, opaque matte white)- 1 g color C (DB1589, matte ghost gray)- 1 g color D (DB0357, matte pale gray)- 2 g color E (DB1512, opaque matte peaches and cream)- 1 g color F (DB0654, opaque dark red)- 1 g color G (DB1262, matte transparent dark cranberry)- 1 g color H (DB0044, silver-lined aqua)- 1 g color J (DB0868, opaque pink Champagne)
  • 15/0 seed beads- 2 g color K (Toho 21, silver-lined crystal)- 2 g color L (Toho 41, opaque white)
  • 60-65 3 mm crystal rondelles (silver and clear)
  • nylon beading thread, size D or Fireline 4 lb. or 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12




Bracelet band

Santa baby bracelet pattern

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving an 18-in. (46 cm) tail. Starting at the upper-right corner of the pattern for the body of the bracelet, pick up 24 color A 11/0 cylinder beads for rows 1 and 2. (The tapered ends are shown separated from the body so you can see where the decrease rows begin.)


2. Following the pattern, work the body of the bracelet in even-count three-drop peyote stitch using the appropriate color cylinders. End and add thread as needed, and end the working thread and tail when you complete the band.


3. Follow the pattern to taper this end of the band: Sew under the adjacent edge thread bridge, and sew back through the last six beads your thread exited. Work four rows with three stitches per row, five rows with two stitches per row, and five rows with one stitch per row. Sew through the beadwork to exit the last stitch added, and work four single-bead stitches. If you have at least 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread remaining, set it aside. If your thread is shorter than 1 yd. (.9 m), end it, and add a new one, exiting where the old one ended.


4. With the remaining tail, taper the starting end of the band, working seven rows with three stitches per row, three rows with two stitches per row, and four rows with one stitch per row. End the thread.


For full instructions, download the free project PDF.

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