This beading technique for the beaded tube ribbon bracelet tutorial is a weaving technique I’ve been playing with for years.
It’s really simple, but it looks really advanced once it’s done. You can use any size seed bead that you would like, and the more beads around the initial circle, the larger the tube will be. For this example I used 6/0 seed beads, but I’ve used all sizes before.
You will need:
- Seed beads
- Beading or crochet thread (depending on the size bead you choose to use)
- Beading Needle
- Ribbon (my ribbon was about 1/4 inch thick for this example)
Step 1. I start by tying a bead onto the end with about 10 inches extra string, I remove this bead after, but it helps me remember where i started and what side is down. Then string on 6 more beads.
Step 2. Go through bead 1 again (not the knotted on bead) then thread another bead.
Step 3. Pull through bead 3 then add another bead and got through bead 5.
Step 4. Continue going around in a circle adding a new seed bead and skipping one. As the tube forms you’ll start to see the beads alternating in height which makes it easier to pull through the alternating beads. Continue making the tube until it’s the length you would like for the bracelet.
Step 5. To finish the tube end go through the last 6 beads you put on, not alternating, then tie off the string.
Step 6. Remove the bead that was knotted on and re-thread the needle through the 10 inches you left on that end. Go through the initial 6 beads again, knot off the string anf cut your loose ends.
Step 7. Cut your ribbon to the length you would like. I suggest leaving 8 inches on each side of the tube of ribbon to tie it. You can always trim it later if it is too long. Push the ribbon through the bead tube, and knot both ends so it does not fall out. If it’s hard to push the ribbon through, push it through with floral wire.
Now your bracelet is ready to wear! Enjoy!