Seed Beading 386 Wavy American Flag Bracelet

Seed Beading 386   Wavy American Flag Bracelet

Hi, I’m Allie with the Potomac Bead Company and I’m going to show you how to make this cute little patriotic bracelet using either 8/0 or 11/0 seed beads. This is actually a pattern bracelet and it’s peyote stitch and then I’ll show you kind of the little trick to getting the wave in it. Here’s just a little section that is also straight so you can do it either way. Again, you can use either 8/0 seed beads or 11/0 seed beads. If you’re first starting out seed bead wise and you’re not sure how to do peyote, just pause this video look at our peyote video and learn how to do peyote first before starting this video. I’ll go over it a little bit with you but it’ll go much faster if you learn peyote before you start doing this bracelet. For the bracelet it’s actually a bracelet designed by Gail Devoid and really what it is, it’s very patternistic. So when you’re looking at it you want to make sure to write down what I’m going to show you and just kind of pause the video for a second and write down your pattern for your rows. After you get going you can tell what you’re doing, you’re going to look at the pattern for the first 26 or so rows and then after that honestly you can get going and you’ll see exactly what you need to put because most of them are 4 wide row wise at the top and the bottom and then 8 wide down here for your whites. So to start out, what you’re looking here is just kind of pause this and write this down; Row 1/2 use eight gold, row 3/4 use four gold, row 4 four gold 5 red, 6 white, 7 red 8 white, 9 one gold three red and just read this through the whole way, pause the video as you’re doing this so you can write this pattern here. After row 17 you’re going to pick up with row 18. Row 18 is going to start two whites two blues preceding to 19, 20, 21 all the way till 26. So again write this pattern down. I’ll show it one more time that way in case you missed it but you can pause the video at any time so you can write down these patterns so you can get exactly which materials you need for which rows. If you find yourself really hard-pressed at finding following a pattern what you can do is actually put these out ahead of time and just lay them on your bead mat in rows already predetermined with the beads in 26 rows so that way you don’t have to grab as much. So again that’s kind of your pattern and that’s what we’re going to be working with. We’re going to start by working with 11s. The pattern itself calls for 11s we did one in 8s because it makes a little bit bigger. The thing that’s the difference is that the 11s are going to be a little bit smaller, the 8s are going to be a little bit bigger, the 11s are going to wave more. So we’re going to get started on this bracelet. So to get started with the bracelet what I’ve done is I’ve started with a stop bead. It’s an 11/0 stop bead just in an alternating color you can also use an off color something that you’re not using in your flag and I’m starting with my gold color. This one here I’ve used silver with the 8/0s and again I’m doing this one with 11/0s. So to start out I’ve put on my stop bead and then I’ve put on eight of my gold beads. This is going to be rows 1 and 2 whenever you start out with peyote however many wide you’re doing that’s actually going to be 2 rows at once so I have those on. I’m going to do 4 rows of my gold beads. I pick up another gold bead sew back through bead number seven in the opposite direction sewing from my needle and towards my stop bead. So the needle is going towards the stop bead. I’m going to make sure for that first row that they really sit over in place. You’re going to have two beads that look like they’re laying right on top of one another, keep going, skip over bead six, and sew through bead five, sew through, add a bead, sew through, skip over bead four, sew through bead three. So I’m just doing peyote and I’m going to do four rows where I just use my gold beads or whatever color you choose to use. When I come back now I’m going to put on more of my gold beads in between whatever beads are sticking up, so gold beads goes on sew through a gold bead, and I’m coming down away from my tail. When I do this bracelet the hardest thing for me is making sure that I’m not pulling the tension too tight. When I seed bead I like to pull the tension very very tight and make a nice tight bracelet, with this bracelet if you pull too tight you won’t be able to create that wave so it looks like the flag is kind of waving along. So here I have 3 rows of the gold, I’m going to do one more gold and then I’m going to start in with my colors. When you start this bracelet the start of it is actually just a little section of the color not having any of the blue in with it, what that’s doing is it’s getting that start of the wave. And I’m going to do one more row again of these gold so it’s going to end up being four rows of gold. Every time I’m doing a row I’m going to be putting on and adding four more beads so the first time you stay or start out with peyote you’re adding 8 beads because you’re doing two rows and from now on I’m adding 4 beads at a time, so I’m done now with my first four rows and I’m going to start out making some of my pattern here. So if you’re looking back at your rows here I’m going to start out by using four of my red beads. Red bead goes on and this is going to create my stripes of my bracelet so my four red beads are going to go on and then the next row I’m going to do four white beads. And again, you want to make sure not to pull too tight because if you start pulling too tight you’re really really going to lose that wave. After I do my row of red, and I’m going to continue with a row of white for row 6, row 7 will be four more reds and then row 8 will be four more whites. Proceed here with my rows of my stripes here I’m going to start then by adding my gold that’s going to create my diagonal. So here it’s that silver when you’re working with the 8/0s, mine is a gold one that I’m working with and I actually have a bracelet here that’s a little bit further along that I have started with and you can see here that it has that gold row that we’re going to be starting on and we’re going to be starting on a little blue star patch there too. So on goes a gold bead and this is going to be for row 9, you’re going to do one gold bead, and then you’re going to do three of your red beads and it’s usually pretty easy once you get going to follow in line with the colors because you’ll be able to see the colors that you need to put on and the order that they need to be in. As you proceed from row 9 you’re going to go, row 10 is three white one gold, 11 one blue one gold two red, 12 two white one gold one blue, 13 two blue one gold one red, 14 one white one gold two blue, 15 two blue one red one gold, 16 one gold one white one blue, 17 two blue two red. Continuing on then with your pattern, you’re going to do 18 two white two blue, 19 one red one blue two reds, 20 two whites one blue one white, 21 through 26 is just alternating with red white red white red white and that’s going to continue on your flags. For an, for a size eight or a size seven wrist with the 8/0 beads, you are going to do your little half flag at the start and then you’re going to do one, two, three, four, five, six sections. If you know that you have a bigger wrist than a six and a half or a seven, you may want to do nine sections. It’s going to shrink up a little bit when you pull tight. With the 11/0 beads the pattern calls for nine flags and that again is going to shrink up a little bit to an eight inch wrist. I’m actually going to do eight flags because my wrist is a little bit smaller so I can wear the bracelet and I’m already done with one, two, three, four and I’ll start with my fifth row now as I go. As you’re counting along the way and you’re going through those rows, one thing that has been helpful for me, is realizing that you’re doing this pattern on a diagonal is the first thing to help and then the second thing is my flag is a square here and my little section that would be the stars the blue section is a square so realizing that it’s four wide by four long, so that’s a little helpful hint. And then also your first row of your red here of your red stripe is also four wide. It’s going to get progressively kind of wider as you go here and have your further ones going from four to eight down here at the bottom but it is that even peyote and that kind of helps so I know at this point I’m on a little blue section. I’ve already had four wide of my blue, so now I know it’s time to start on red again. I sew down and you can count across then and say okay I have my beads here and when I look to put on the next one, to know the pattern without having to look all the time, at my little writing I can say one, two, three blues and I know I need one more blue in that section there and that’s going to complete that row of blues. I’m going to continue sewing and you can see when you’re working with it that I have I’m on my red stripe so I’m going to add a red bead sew through my whites and the red and white are going to be every other. So I’m going to sew through my white beads here or my red beads here now and work with it, working with the peyote stitch here, when I come back up this way, I know a white goes on because I’m on my white row. Kind of kills me working with this not pulling it super tight, but you have to have to keep it a little loose It actually is going to feel a little bit like a loom bracelet because it’s pretty flexible you can see the thread a little bit. Here I’m coming over to my section here, and I’m going to count again one, two, three blues and I know I need that fourth blue on sew through the blue and then the next row I can see that that little blue section is finished off. So I know then that I need to continue on with another one of my colors and I’m going to continue on with a white color because it’s going into the red. And I’m going to continue on then with my pattern but that counting of fours for the blue has really helped me keep track of where I am in my pattern. So just showing you as I’m going here, I have my flags completed and what I’m going to do is I’m going to start finishing my rows and instead of adding that pattern which normally here I would add a blue, I’m just going to add gold beads. So I’m going to continue with my pattern here and go down the lines, but as I come back up and my pattern ends, instead of adding other colors I’m going to just add the gold bead in its place. So right now I’m finishing with the line just as it would normally be with my red beads. I’m going to come back up with my white beads and then as I get along my row it’s going to mimic the other side basically with four rows of my gold beads. So I’m going to go up with my white again, add my gold bead which would be normal to get my diagonal of gold and instead of adding a blue next I’m just going to keep adding my gold and that’s going to get and keep the pattern. So I’m going to continue going down, I’m going to kind of stay with my pattern and then as I come back here I’m going to come with my gold once and finish up the whole way along the bracelet then with the gold beads in the four rows. And then after this I will get ready to show you how to create the waves by adding an additional piece of thread. The last thing I’ll do is kind of just talk you through the clasp. We have a lot of YouTube videos that you can check out how to add clasps to your peyote bracelets, how to add clasps to different type of loom bracelets, how to add clasps to all different styles of seed bead and bead weaving projects. So you just going to check out one of those videos if you want some further detail to actually see it done but I’ll talk you through it and show you how I’ll tell you how I did it on the larger 8/0 bracelet which you can mimic and use for the 11/0 bracelet as well. So I’m going to continue finishing up here with my rows of gold beads. So I’m at the end of my bracelet here I chose to do kind of a triangular shape here with my gold beads. What you can also do is stop a little bit short here at the end with five of your whites instead of eight and what that does is it just shortens that last flag so you don’t see it as well, but then the beginning will look a little bit more like the end rather than five and one. Either way will work you won’t really notice and what I’m actually going to do now is kind of create those waves. You can keep the bracelet flat and straight if you want and just wear it as is or what I can do is I can start to create that triangle, or that fold in them. So I have another needle and thread, I’m starting at my first end, and what I’m going to do is I am going to take my needle and thread and I’m going up on an angle here right along this first angle here, right there right along that gold bead line and then I’m going to come down here through this line of gold beads. So we’re going to start right here going on an angle and what I want to do is I want to end my angle right there at that gold bead. So I’m going to start here and you’re just sewing up the bracelet on an angle and sometimes it can be a little hard as you see. I’m using a size 10 needle you can use a 12 if you want, it’ll make it a little bit easier to go through and I’m just sewing right on that diagonal line and I’m going to sew up and come out that red bead. And the trick to this is you don’t want to see any of your thread so you want to make sure wherever you’re sewing all of those threads are going to be hidden. When I come out the top here, I’m going to sew down my gold bead line and again you kind of just wiggle wiggle on through there. Just kind of sew right down through those golds. Sometimes you can get the whole way right away sometimes you have this kind of stop halfway through and pull the needle out and then what I’m going to do is I’m going to pull nice and tight at this side and I’m going to create another angle, so I’m going up at a V again and I’m going to come up my V here take it down to the other side and go up the V again. So I’m going to take my angle here, I’m coming right on this angle going through red white red white and going right up to the top here right again next to my gold line I’m going to start to pull tight. As I start to pull tight, you can see here that creation of that angle and what’s going on here is starting to pull that really tight. From those first couple little pulls and going up and then down the golds, up again through the middle of my flag down the gold you can see how much that wave is creating. So I’m going to continue going again on an angle through red white red white red white and that can help you to kind of keep track of where you’re going is that you know that you’re going in the color direction through the opposite colors. I’m going to pull that nice and tight and as you pull, you create your wave again. As you can see my flags are starting to wave in the wind. Down that gold line, and you’re just going to continue doing this back and forth throughout the whole entire bracelet with that extra strand and every time you go through another section you give a nice tight pull and that’s going to tighten up the section before it and start to do that wave. So I’m going to continue doing that, going through the angle and then down through the gold the whole way till the end of my bracelet, and then I’ll show you how to finish it off. So the last thing to finish up the bracelet is to decide on what type of clasp. Again like I said, what you can do is you can look online at our other Youtube videos about how to add clasps onto project, either loom projects or seed bead projects also at the end of most of the videos will go into detail. Because this is such a long video, and it’s very pattern oriented. I’m just going to explain how I did the clasp here. So to do simply, what I did was use the tail end of my thread and I came back through two beads added a loop back through that same bead that I was coming out of back through again. Any time you are doing in a loop make sure that you go through multiple times, two or three times. Brought it over here and tied it off somewhere along the end. On the other side with this one and as well as some of my other bracelets you can use whatever you like, you can use a button, you can use a bead, you can use any type of bar clasp but on the other side just to make it nice and easy I basically mimicked this other end here but instead of making a loop it came out with a straight line put three beads on then my pearl. One bead at the top back down through the pearl back down through those three beads over to the next bead and circle it around, do the same thing three times in order to tie it up and then make it really really tight since you’re going to be using a lot of tension on that. Brought the thread back through and tied it off on the side. Again anytime I’m adding thread anytime I do any knots on the sides, I am a gluer I do use a little tiny bit of glue so you’ll see with this one here, I had to add thread about two times. I’m going to go back and glue some of those points where I did the knots even though I did feed the thread back through a little bit I just like it as a little precaution. So hopefully you have a fun, and patriotic time while you do the American flag bracelet. So thanks for watching, check us out on Facebook and watch our other YouTube videos, visit our stores if you’re in one of the areas if not visit us online at the Thanks for watching.


  1. I love the wave effect. I can't wait to make it. I am very patriotic. Well that's enough of that. Thank you for taking the time. I appreciate it. Take care of the Baby.

  2. There is also a difference in the beginning of the 8/0 bracelet and the 11/0. If you look closely the 11/0 goes with the pattern that is written out except for at line 15 where you have to finnegal the right beads and the start the pattern again. with the 8/0 you have to compensate for the missing bead and start by adding 2 more rows of 4 red and 4 white.
    I hope this is helpful as I am following along the pattern and had to pull it out to reset the beginning to follow the pattern.

  3. WOW! first of Thank's to take time to right the instructions for us & second i really enjoy to see how the weave are made just by pass on the beads & make a V shape i'm impress so Thank's to share.

  4. I have been searching for this pattern for YEARS!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Love the "trick" to make wavy flags!!!

  5. I bought this from a bead shop in Ohio and the address for Dixie Ackerman was the Spinning Wheel in Nebraska, and I cannot find her on FB or any other way….

  6. how much thread is needed to make the bracelet for the 11/0 and the 6/0 and what size needle to use 😀 thanks

  7. Love this pattern but I can't make it work. When I follow the pattern I get 6 beads across the top and 10 across the bottom.  Is it me or is there too many rows in the pattern?  Thanks for your help.  

  8. You should put the bead guide in your About section so we can select it and print it, instead of writing it all down. Please? 🙂

  9. I am new to beading and working on this bracelet but I'm quite confused as to row 16 as it only has three beads on the pattern. How do I do that row using three instead of four?

  10. Thanks so much for this.  I have wanted to learn the Peyote stitch for some time, and loved this bracelet so much that I started with this.  My question is, after the first 26 rows, how do I continue with the pattern?  I mean, do I change the rows around?  Are only certain rows used once I complete that first 26 rows? 

  11. I only have one question what kind of thread and. Size do I need for this I'm going to use the 11.0 beads????

  12. Thank you I found the right thread at Wal-Mart for $4.50 thanks I bought 2 of them. I could make the flags bigger with the 11.0 seed beads what's the number count if I want to make the bracelet bigger?

  13. I'm a first time beginner and I would like to learn more on this stitch would love more patterns for free if there is any?? I've been looking and found nothing.

  14. Question on the American Flag bracelet is thier another bracelet that I could make with just 11.0 beads??? Im still working on the flag one and I love it so far. Need more patterns for just 11.0 beads.

  15. Love this bracelet, can't wait to make one. For some reason the "About Section" only lists rows 1-17. Here is what I typed for rows 18-26 from the video.
    Row 18: 2 White, 2 Blue
    Row 19: 1 Red, 1 Blue, 2 Red
    Row 20: 2 White, 1 Blue, 1 White
    Row 21: 4 Red
    Row 22: 4 White
    Row 23: 4 Red
    Row 24: 4 White
    Row 25: 4 Red
    Row 26: 4 White

  16. Thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial… I visited the bead show in Atlanta in 2012 and saw this pattern there.. But I was not that good at beads then..but I wanted to do this sometime for sure. And now…. I made it with 11/0 seed beads and it came out well.. Again thank you so much for this lovely tutorial..

  17. Corrected & Complete PatternPattern:
    Row 1 & 2: 8 Gold
    Row 3: 4 Gold
    Row 4: 4 Gold
    Row 5: 4 Red
    Row 6: 4 White
    Row 7: 4 Red
    Row 8: 4 White
    Row 9: 1 Gold, 3 Red
    Row 10: 3 White, 1 Gold
    Row 11: 1 Blue, 1 Gold, 2 Red
    Row 12: 2 White, 1 Gold, 1 Blue
    Row 13: 2 Blue, 1 Gold, 1 Red
    Row 14: 1 White, 1 Gold, 2 Blue
    Row 15: 2 Blue, 1 Red, 1 Gold
    Row 16: 1 Gold, 1 White, 2 Blue
    Row 17: 2 Blue, 2 Red
    Row 18: 2 White, 2 Blue
    Row 19: 1 Red, 1 Blue, 2 Red
    Row 20:  2 White, 1 Blue, 1 White
    Row 21: 4 Red
    Row 22: 4 White
    Row 23: 4 Red
    Row 24: 4 White
    Row 23: 4 Red
    Row 26: 4 White

  18. I'm confused!  I love this bracelet and am determined to make it, but have started it FOUR times…each time I realize that I'd made a mistake somewhere.  Finally, I'm at the end of Row 26, but don't know where to start the next row.  It's obvious that I don't go back to the beginning, but where do I start the next row? 

  19. This question was never answered.  After completing the all the rows where do you start the next row?  Should you skip 1 & 2 and go straight to 3?

  20. Thanks Jackie, I was just going to post the same thing. Dixie Ackerman is the original designer of this Waving Flag Bracelet.

  21. When I worked on this years ago, I remember using a head or eye pin to keep a good tension.  Too loose and it's not pretty, too tight and no wave.  Just place the eye pin along one edge and let the thread loop around it (like a space holder), then slide the eye pin down as you work along.

  22. I see that now. I am use to using fishing line and Indian beading thread . I am 71 sorry for the mistake. I almost got one flag done. However I lost something along the way when beading. I pulled it all out. I have been trying for many years to do better then earrings and netting necklace that my late daughter wore . It broke I never got it fixed before she passed. I am new to all of this. Your directions were grest. It is me I did it to tight and wrong thread so sorry for incorrect term.

  23. I used Potomac Bead Co.  1.8mm cube beads. It helps the bracelet to lay flatter and wave MUCH better than round beads.

  24. loved it so much I made one for my daughter who works in a doctors office and I couldn't believe how may orders I received. Now im very busy beading these bracelets so thank you so much.

  25. I'm confused with the pattern.  Before you start row 9.  I paused the video and counted the rows.  It appeared that you have one extra row of red and white.  According to the pattern you have row 5: 4 red, row6: 4 white, row7: red, and row8: white.

  26. This bracelet is really beautiful but I am hesitating to start it because the video is very confusing to me. I need the closed captions on (hard of hearing – not quite deaf), and the auto captions change your words into some really hilarious things that I KNOW you aren't saying lol.
    With the confusion on the rows, I can probably figure that out, but I'm not sure if you are making the top or the bottom bracelet. Please verify which one you are making and please if you could show a diagram pattern, that would really help. Thanks!

  27. I typed up the rows so you don't have to write them down and would like to just print them… You can find them here!  (I'll make any corrections noted or that I figure out on my own, heh).

  28. Thanks so much! You're awesome @Tina Harshbarger ! I can't wait to get started on this. I want to wear it for the 4th of July, and make matching earrings and a similar necklace if I can.

  29. Ok, I got my first one done using the guide I shared last week, and it worked!! As the lady in the video said, by about the 3rd or 4th flag, I found I wasn't looking at the guide at all as the pattern of 4 blue/4 row color, or 8 color worked and it was faster to look at my own bracelet to see what came next! Only 3 more to go before the 2nd of July… I'm a member of our local VFW and our largest fundraiser of the year is on the 4th… I'm making these for me, my mom, my daughter and the 4th lady who does all the registration and other "computer" work!

  30. Thank you.. This is very pretty,, I am making one for my daughter n it her birthday on July 4th. Yeah I was wondering on that row 16 but just went ahead did 2 blues..
     Thank you very muck again,, Evelyn.

  31. I love the flag bracelet but I need the earrings I saw the video once but cannot find it now help please

  32. i like to ask a question has any one done an Australin flag in beads as i live in Australia and would like to see same beads work ,thanks your work is very nice.

  33. Well I like this bracelet very much. It is kind of a challenge for me. But I figure it out, because after you finish, where you start again? Well you start from row 9.,.. Hope it will help. thank you.

  34. I made this bracelet and love it. Green Wildfire was used on the first one and on the second I used white Wildfire. What a difference! The second one is so much brighter than the first with green thread. The darker thread makes it look more or less antique.
    Thanks for the video…

  35. very nice! seems like i'm going to enjoy my new hobby. I would like to make it into a key chain or a bookmark.

  36. please review this pattern as I think there's an error in the typed pattern for rows 11, 12, 13 or 14 and row 16 for the hand written pattern. I may be wrong as I'm just learning to bead and may very well be at fault

  37. Did anyone else notice the mistake in the example bracelet? Second flag only has 3 blue in the first 'row' instead of 4. Surprisingly unprofessional video filled with errors and omissions produced by an otherwise reputable company. Rather disgusting really.


  39. I was wondering about the colour number for the gold seed bead. Could you include that in the description, please?

  40. I see you use Miyuki seed beads, my question is are these beads very uniform in size because I have been trying to find Toho seed beads size 6/0 and there is not much variety of colors in this size. And I have been told that Toho is great as far as uniform. I hate using beads that are not uniform makes the project look bad. I also think I will like to try this project too.

  41. Does the thread for making it wavey shorten the bracelet a little? I've made 8 flags and it almost meets when I lay it around my arm…hoping it wont be too long

  42. I want to do this pattern but was wondering what length of thread do we start out with? Thank you deb (Ralph's wife)

  43. Okay I just made this bracelet except for the clasp part. There were times it was a little frustrating I had to add on some thread to my project and it was for me a nightmare. I would rather use the whole length of thread instead of adding on. So I took it apart and measured out 140 inches of thread for doing this whole bracelet length this did not include the clasp part. I used the 11/0 size beads and did 9 sections came out great. Now I am going to tackle the clasp area makes me nervous I love the look of the hoop clasp but I have always had a problem with making them too small so when I try to place the bead through the clasp it doesn't fit. I hope I don't make that same mistake but all-in-all I loved the look of the bracelet. I may try the next one with fishing line let you all know how that goes. Thank you for the wonderful project I had fun…..deb (Ralph's wife)

  44. OMG! I can’t believe that you did three rows for us and that was it. Instead of illustrating how to do it, you wasted three minutes of your time and mine (I had to listen to it, ugh!) reading off the long pattern that earlier you had us copy. You are definitely not a teacher, however, the pattern is very nice. I just hope it will turn out in the end.

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