Free Beaded Bead Project by Carol Huber Cypher

My first attempts at beaded beads weren't exactly pretty. I took some beautifully finished wood beads and proceeded to cover them with some of the ugliest peyote stitch I had ever done! But after making a few of those monstrosities, I started to think about making beaded beads there used fabric or fibers for stuffing to retain their shape. (I really felt awful about covering up those beautiful wood beads with their nice, glossy finish.)

Peyote stitch beaded pillow beads by Carol Huber Cypher

Of course, the first beaded bead project I tried was this one by Carol Huber Cypher, one of my bead-weaving gurus. Carol uses easy shaped peyote stitch to create beaded beads that only need a tiny bit of felt stuffing for support. If you haven't tried making geometric or shaped beadwork yet, whipping up a few of these is a great way to learn how to do shaped beadwork.

Play with the colors to make each one unique, or fill them with your favorite scented herbs. You can also add a dab of your favorite essential oil to the felt before stitching up your beaded beads. Have fun!


  • 5 g each size 11o seed beads in 2 colors (A and B)
  • FireLine 10 lb. beading thread
  • Felt stuffing


  • Size 10 or 12 beading needle
  • Scissors or thread cutter


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Round 1: Use 3' of thread to string 3A and tie them into a circle. Pass through the first bead again.

Round 2: String 2A and pass through the next A of the previous round. Repeat around for a total of 6A. Step up by passing through the first A added in this round (Fig. 1).

Round 3: String 2A and pass through the second A in the pair from the previous round. String 1B and pass through the next A from the previous round. Repeat around for a total of 9 beads (Fig. 2). Step up by passing through the first A added in this round.

Notice that we are peyote-stitching in the round, always increasing (adding 2A) between the increases (2A) and adding one more B to each side of the developing triangle.

Round 4: Work peyote stitch placing a B before and after each B and 2A between the 2A of the previous round, to add a total of 12 beads (Fig. 3). Step up by passing through the first A added in this round.

Rounds 5 – 12: Continue working circular peyote stitch, increasing B as necessary between the A "spokes". Exit from the second A of the final round.

Round 13: Work one side of the triangle using B. When you reach the corner, pass through the 2A of the previous round without adding beads (Fig. 4). Repeat around so your triangle has rounded corners. After placing the last B, pass through only the first A of the pair. Don't trim the thread. Set aside. Repeat rounds 1 – 13 to make a second triangle.


Stack the triangles, offsetting the points so a point of the top triangle rests on the mid-point of the edge of the opposite triangle. The 2A of a point should straddle the sixth bead of an edge. Place a small wad of felt between the triangles.

Use the working thread of one of the triangles to pass through the sixth (center) bead on the edge of the opposite triangle. Zip the edges closed slowly and carefully around the entire edge, matching the point to the mid-edge each time. Pull tight. Secure the thread and trim.

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