2-Drop Peyote Cuff Tutorial

This project is a great way to learn two drop peyote, use up some of the cubes in your bead stash, and create a cool mod cuff. I decided to go with pink since it’s one of the trending colors for Spring. I hope you enjoy my version of this bracelet!


  • 4mm cubes
  • size 11 seed beads
  • 2 buttons
  • scissors
  • needle and thread of choice

Step 1: Thread your needle onto a comfortable length of thread, and place a stop bead at the end leaving 6 inches of tail. (The tail will be woven into the piece a little later.) Then, string on 2 size 11 seed beads and one cube. Repeat 3 more times, ending with the 4th cube. (shown above)

Step 2: Two-drop peyote stitch is a lot like regular peyote stitch, just use every pair of size 11 seed beads as if it were a single bead. For the first stitch, string on 2 seed beads and pass through the last set of seed beads added in step 1.

Step 3: Pull the thread tight. Tension is very important for this project, so be sure to tighten everything up as you bead along.

Step 4: Continue to peyote, adding 2 seed beads and passing through 2 seed beads until your thread is coming out of the bottom two seed beads.

Step 5: Now add a row of cubes. String on a cube and pass through the “sticky-outie” set of seed beads. Yes, “sticky-outie” is a technical term. 😉

Step 6: Continue to peyote, adding 1 cube and passing through 2 seed beads until your thread is coming out of the set of seed beads at the top of your work.

Step 7: To create the desired pattern, add two rows of seed beads after every row of cubes from now on. For this row, add two seed beads, and pass through a cube.

Step 8: Peyote another row of seed beads. Add 2 seed beads and pass through 2 seed beads. This row is more challenging to weave because the two seed beads you need to go through are between cubes, but it gets easier with practice.

Step 9: Continue the mantra “1 row-cubes, 2 rows-seed beads” until you reach your desired bracelet length. The picture above shows a row of cubes added after step 8.

Step 10: End the bracelet with 1 row of seed beads after your last row of cubes. Weave off your working thread and trim.

Step 11: I like to use a new working thread for the clasp. That way if I have to repair the closure, I don’t have to re-bead half the bracelet in the process. On the other end of the bracelet, weave off the tail thread and weave in a new working thread. Position your thread so it is coming down out of the top cube bead. Add a button between the 1st and 2nd cube bead. Add the other button between the 3rd and 4th cube bead. Go back through the cubes and buttons several time to reinforce. weave in the thread and trim the end.

Step 12: Weave in a new working thread on the other end of the bracelet for the loops. The buttons were added first so the loops can be test-fitted over them. Position your thread so it is coming out the bottom of the 2nd cube. Add 20 beads to start with and go through the top of the cube to create a loop. Test fit the loop over a button, and add or subtract beads so it will fit over the loop easily but snuggly. When you have the right number of beads in the loop, reinforce it several times. Then create the second loop on the 4th cube. Weave off your thread and trim the end.

Congrats, you’re done! I would love for you to share your work with us by adding it to the Bead Circle Facebook Page!

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  • avatar Keri Lee Sereika March 28, 2012, 12:31 pm

    This is so cool Mandi! This is the type of seed bead work I just might be able to try…the thought of anything smaller than this while I have so many little ones running around the house just makes me shiver! LOL I love the button closure on it as well! TOO COOL!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth March 28, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Thanks, Keri! Be sure to email me if you need any help :)

  • avatar Chris Overberg March 28, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Darling cuff bracelet, Mandi,
    wonderful directions. I need something easy and soothing for my time off next week. this came at just the right time.
    Way to go, girl!
    Happy Easter and Springtime

  • avatar Sally Anderson March 28, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Very pretty, Mandi. I have tons of cubes so I’ll probably give this a try!

  • avatar mayjo March 28, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Is precious!!. I love the colors you’ve chosen. Thank you very much for the tutorial.

  • avatar double infinity March 28, 2012, 1:47 pm

    I love the term sticky-outie – it describes those beads perfectly!! I too have a ton of cubes so I will definately be giving this a try :)

  • avatar SYLVIA March 28, 2012, 7:35 pm


  • avatar Revati March 28, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Thanks Mandi. Great design!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth March 29, 2012, 6:55 am

    Thanks Chris and Mayjo!

    Sally- Awesome, I love to find projects to make with what I already have 😉

    double infinity- I think it’s one of my favorite beading terms, hehe

    Sylvia and Revati- you’re welcome and I hope you enjoy making it

    Thanks again for commenting!

  • avatar Babette March 29, 2012, 8:36 am

    Wonderful tutorial, Mandi. I love the colors, the design and it looks easy enough to make. You Rock! Thank you.

  • avatar Romana March 29, 2012, 9:38 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Mandi, I have to try it :-)

  • avatar irene castillo March 29, 2012, 11:00 am

    Wanderful Mandi, thank for the tutorial
    Happy Beading

  • avatar Janet Flynn March 29, 2012, 11:54 am

    This is just what I need to inspire me to get back into bead weaving! Thanks!!!

  • avatar variadee March 29, 2012, 7:18 pm

    Ooooooooooooooh, this is so pretty and dainty. Yes, do have cubes just waiting to be used. Bracelets and earrings are my favorites. Thanks.

  • avatar Vanessa March 30, 2012, 11:11 am

    How adorable! I had some left over sky blue lined cubes from another project but not enough for a four-row bracelet so I improvised and made a two-row one with picots. Thanks for sharing this technique Mandi.

  • avatar Loretta March 31, 2012, 9:43 am

    I guess i will be buying more cubes to make this one since i used all mine in a multi color bracelet i made in peyote. It sure is pretty and can’t wait to get the cubes.

  • avatar Rachel April 3, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Ok, now even I can do this. I think. Thanks for making the instructions clear and I learn by pictures so this is now on my to do list. I have the perfect two tone beads perfect for this. Thanks Mandi!

  • avatar Vicki April 3, 2012, 10:51 pm

    Thank you Mandi. I hope to try this one day soon. It’s so pretty, and I have cube beads waiting to be used. :)

  • avatar Michel April 6, 2012, 9:52 am

    This is a great pattern for people wanting to learn how to do two drop peyote using two different types of beads. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • avatar martine May 20, 2012, 2:17 am

    merci pour ce formidable tuto. je vais illico m’en servir.
    c’est super beau
    merci encore

  • avatar Halina July 23, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Thank You Mandi,
    This is BEAUTIFULL!!!!
    I have some cube beads in my stash, and have not seen anything that I could use them for.
    NOW..I have your wonderfull tutorial.
    Thank You Again.
    Halina in Australia

  • avatar Deb January 2, 2013, 4:39 pm

    Where can I find the beads you used to make this very pretty bracelet.
    I can’t find them anywhere.
    Any ideas?

    Thanks Mandy

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Good question, Deb. My LBS happens to carry them, but online you can find them from Kandra:

    and from Beki at Whimbeads:

    Hope this helps :)

  • avatar Eileen August 9, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Hi Mandi,
    Just wanted to say what a great job you did explaining this bracelet. I made a similar one years ago but could not remember how I did it. :) I’ve now made another one thanks to you. Absolutely Beautiful! 😀

  • avatar Amanda August 16, 2014, 10:04 am

    Love the bracelet! I didn’t have any square beads so I used small round beads and it turned out great! Thank you.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth October 3, 2014, 5:47 am

    Awesome Amanda, I would love to see a picture :)

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