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Gingerbread buddies bracelet

Get a jump-start on the holidays with this mouthwatering accessory
Gingerbread buddies bracelet pattern
Pattern

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet band

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Starting at the lower-left corner of the pattern, pick up 11/0 cylinder beads for rows 1 and 2: 11 soft white cylinders, two brown cylinders, and 11 soft white cylinders.

2. Following the pattern, work in two-drop peyote stitch using the appropriate color cylinders. End and add thread as needed while you stitch, and end the working thread and tail when you complete the band.

Edging

1. Add a comfortable length of thread to one end of the band, and exit the nearest corner cylinders with your needle pointing away from the beadwork.

2. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a 3 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0. Skip one edge cylinder, sew down through the next edge cylinder, and sew up through the following edge cylinder. Repeat this stitch for the length of the band.

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit the nearest corner cylinders along the other edge, and repeat step 2. End and add thread as needed.

Gingerbread buddies bracelet key

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 66 3 mm bicone crystals (Preciosa, light Siam)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
  • 6 g soft white (DB0220, white opal)
  • 5 g brown (DB0653, dyed opaque pumpkin)
  • 1 g green (DB0046, silver-lined green)
  • 1 g opaque white (DB0200, opaque white)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
  • nylon beading thread, size D, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
Gingerbread buddies bracelet a
Photo a

Toggle ring

As you work this component, refer to PHOTO A.

1. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to one end of the band, and sew through the first two down-beads, the first two up-beads, and one more down-bead in the end row.

2. Pick up a soft white cylinder, and sew through the next up-bead in the end row.

3. Pick up a soft white cylinder, and sew back through the cylinder added in the previous step. Repeat this stitch, adding cylinders to opposite sides of the strip of beadwork, until you have 16 cylinders along one edge of the strip and 15 cylinders along the other edge.

4. Zip up the end of the strip to a corresponding down-bead and up-bead in the end row, forming the toggle ring. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

Gingerbread buddies bracelet b
Photo b

Toggle bar

As you work this component, refer to PHOTO B.

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 18 soft white cylinders, and work in two-drop peyote stitch until you have a total of 12 rows. Zip up the edges to form the toggle bar, and end the working thread and tail.

2. Work as in steps 1–3 of Toggle ring to make a strip of beadwork, but this time work the strip at the center of the end row and stop when you have five cylinders along both edges.

3. Zip up the end of the strip to the center of the toggle bar. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

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