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Miniature Easter Basket Free Bead Pattern
Use this Bead Pattern and Flat Round Peyote Stitch
To Make This Cute Miniature Easter Basket

Miniature Easter Basket - Beadwork

I thought it would be fun to make a tiny Easter basket out of beads so I tried a few things and this is what I came up with. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it, but I'm sure I'll think of something! I hope you will too. :-) It is quite small, about 3/4 of an inch across.

What You'll Need:
  • Size D Nymo beading thread or equivalent (brown)
  • Size 12 beading needle
  • A small amount of matte root beer transparent seed beads
  • A few transparent green, pink-lined clear, and opaque white seeds.
  • If you choose to fill the basket with flowers, you will also need some mixed seeds in bright colors such as red, yellow, purple, and pink.
This project is made with Flat Round Peyote stitch using a 6 bead base.

To begin, pick up 6 brown beads and tie them in a circle. Add 7 more rounds of brown in normal flat round peyote. For the 9th round, use only one bead in place of each of the normal two-bead increases.

From here, switch to normal tubular peyote, and add 2 more rounds of brown. For the 12th round, alternate between white and green. Then add a full round of white. For the 14th round, place a green bead above each green bead added in the 12th round and a pink bead above each white bead added in the 12th round. For the 15th round, add another full round of white.

Finish the scalloped edge of the basket by adding a white bead above each pink bead added in the 14th round and skipping every other space. Here's how to skip a space: pick up a white bead, go through the next white bead in the previous row and continue through the green bead in the row before that. Then go up through the next white bead and you are ready to add another white bead. The following chart shows what the basket would look like if it were flattened out.

To add the handle, start with your thread emerging from the left side of one of the daisies. Peyote a 3 bead wide strip from one side of the basket to the other, beginning and ending as shown. This strip should be 13 beads long. Odd-count flat peyote instructions can be found here.

Here is a blank chart to use if you want to design your own basket. The dark lines show where my graph stops. You will not want to go much beyond them, or your basket will be too tall for its width.

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