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Many of you have asked me how to make these beads so I’ve decided to make a free tutorial to show you how! These have a finished size of 8mm and while they are a little fiddly, they’re great fun to do.

Just a few tips before we start…if this is your first time at making beaded beads you might find it easier to use a different colour for each row, as I have done, so that you can easily see which beads are on which row…Miyuki and Toho beads will give the best result…and wooden beads are best for the core as they grip better but you can use glass rounds or pearls at a pinch.

I also have to warn you that making beaded beads is incredibly addictive! If you find yourself wanting to make larger beads then I have tutorials here to cover beads from 6mm up to 29mm.

You will need:

Size 11 seed beads
4mm wooden beads
Beading thread
Size 10 beading needle

  • Start by picking up 4 seed beads. Slide them to about 8” from the end of the thread and sew through them all again plus 1 more to create a circle.
  • Pick up 1 seed bead and sew through the next seed bead in the circle…

  • Repeat a further 3 times and step up through the first bead you added…


You’ll need to step up at the end of every row, always sewing through the first bead that you added in that row.

  • Pick up 1 bead and sew through the next bead…


…then pick up 2 beads and sew through the next bead…


Repeat the two steps above to finish the row – don’t forget to step up!

  • Pick up 1 bead and sew through the next bead…


Pick up 1 bead and sew through the next bead…


Continue adding 1 bead for the rest of the row, adding 6 beads in total, and step up. Pull the thread taut to draw the beads into a tiny cup shape.

  • Pick up 1 bead and sew through the next bead. Repeat a further 5 times and step up…


Pick up 1 bead and sew through the next bead, then pick up 1 bead and sew through the next 2 beads


Repeat a further 2 times before stepping up.

Pop your wooden bead inside the beaded shell before tightening the thread, making sure that the holes are vertical. But beware! The bead is going to jump out whenever it gets a chance so use your thumb to keep it inside while you work on the next row.

  • Pick up 1 seed bead and sew through the next bead in the row…


Repeat a further 3 times (I’m adding the second bead in the photo above) and step up.

  • Sew through all 4 beads again to join them into a circle…


Weave the thread back through the bead to secure, making a couple of half hitch knots as you go. Trim the thread and repeat with the tail. Your bead is finished!

Copyright info: This is a free tutorial and must not be sold, made into kits or published in any shape or form. You may sell any finished beadwork that you create using this tutorial. You may teach this design to others but do not remove my details and copyright information. Please give me credit as the designer.