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On the Trail Hatband

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On the Trail Hatband Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

You can turn hats you've had for ages into new treasures by creating your own hatband. Cheri created a seed bead herringbone stitch band for a hat that needed a little something more. You can also try making hatbands with braided silk ribbon, leather, chain, and more. For more inspiration for decorating hats, check out this Artbeads Cafe episode.

Step one:
Create a six-bead ladder stitch for the first row of the band. See this PDF diagram to help you get started, as well as our Basic Flat Herringbone Mini Tutorial Video. Your rows will be six beads wide. Here is the order of beads you should use in each row:
  • One TOHO 8/0 bead round in frosted Ceylon cream
  • One Miyuki 8/0 round seed bead in silver-lined bronze alabaster
  • Two Miyuki 8/0 metallic matte dark copper Delicas
  • One silver-lined bronze alabaster Miyuki round seed bead
  • One Ceylon cream TOHO


  • Step two:
    When you get to the end of the first row, the tails of the threads will be coming out of the bottom of the beads at both ends of the row. Flip the row so that the threads are exiting from the top of the beads.

    Step three:
    The next row will begin the herringbone stitch. Add a TOHO and a Miyuki round seed bead to the thread and bring the needle down through the second to the last bead in row one, as shown in the PDF above. These two new beads will sit on top of the two beads below in row one. They will make a "V" shape as you pull the thread. Then bring the needle up through the bead to the left. Add TO Miyuki Delica beads to the thread and bring the needle down through the fourth seed bead in the row. Comp up through the next bead over, add a Miyuki round and a TOHO, and go down through the next bead over in row 1.

    Step four:
    Bring the needle around the outside edge of the last bead in row 1 and up through the corresponding bead in row 2.

    Step five:
    Keep adding rows of herringbone until the band is the desired length. Ours is approximately 23 inches long, but your length will vary depending on the hat you want to use it with. If you need to add thread at any point, make sure to take a look at our Starting, Ending and Adding Thread page for some helpful tips.

    Step six:
    When your band is the desired length, remove the first row of ladder stitch. Stitch the last row into the second row (now the first row) to form a continuous band.

    Step seven:
    Thread a five-foot length of Leather Cord USA 1mm natural red brown round leather through two beads in the center of one of your rows and center the leather on the beads. Bring one half of the leather to the corresponding outside edge of your band to begin stitching the leather to the edge. Stop when you reach where you started. Stitch the other side of the leather to the other edge of the band in the same manner.

    Step eight:
    Bring one of the leather ends through the start of the edge and then through the loop of leather between the two center seed beads. Repeat for the other leather end. Stitch the leather ends under the loop to the beads underneath it to secure them in place. Knot the ends of the leather and trim.
Approximate Size: 23 1/2 Inches
Estimated Time: 8 To 10 Hours
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
Hana Beading Thread - Acorn 109 Yards (SUP-0575)
List of Components:
Miyuki 8g 8/0 Metallic Matte Dark Copper Delicas (DBL0312, qty 2)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Ceylon Cream (TBRD8-147F, qty 2)
Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Silver-Lined Rose Bronze Alabaster 22g Vial (MR8-0641, qty 1)
Leather Cord USA 1mm Natural Red Brown Round Leather - By the Foot (BTF-0822, qty 5)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Miyuki 8/0 Delica Seed Beads - Galvanized Dark Mauve 8g Bag (DBL1843)
Miyuki 8g 8/0 Metallic Matte Bronze Delicas (DBL0322)
TOHO Reflection Bead 8/0 - Cream (TR08-2504)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Opaque Light Beige (TBRD8-51)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Ceylon Opalescent Cream (TBRD8-147)
Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Galvanized Dark Coral 8g Bag (MR8-4209)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Color-Lined Copper/Crystal (TBRD8-740)
Leather Cord USA 1mm Natural Light Brown Round Leather - By the Foot (BTF-0821)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Miyuki 8g 8/0 Metallic Matte Dark Copper Delicas
Code: DBL0312
8/0, 8g Bag 
1-34-78+
$6.97$6.60$6.25
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Ceylon Cream
Code: TBRD8-147F
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.42$1.33$1.25
Qty>
Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Silver-Lined Rose Bronze Alabaster 22g Vial
Code: MR8-0641
Volume Approx. 22 gram 
Price: $3.39
Qty>
Leather Cord USA 1mm Natural Red Brown Round Leather - By the Foot
Code: BTF-0822
Diameter 1mm 
1-910-1920+
$0.35$0.32$0.30
Qty>

Alternate Components

Miyuki 8/0 Delica Seed Beads - Galvanized Dark Mauve 8g Bag
Code: DBL1843
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-34-78+
$7.42$7.03$6.66
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 8/0 Metallic Matte Bronze Delicas
Code: DBL0322
8/0, 8g Bag 
1-34-78+
$6.97$6.60$6.25
Qty>
TOHO Reflection Bead 8/0 - Cream
Code: TR08-2504
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-56-1112+
$3.02$2.85$2.69
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Opaque Light Beige
Code: TBRD8-51
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1112-2324+
$1.12$1.05$0.99
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Ceylon Opalescent Cream
Code: TBRD8-147
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.25$1.18$1.10
Qty>
Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Duracoat Galvanized Dark Coral 8g Bag
Code: MR8-4209
Volume Approx. 8 gram 
1-56-1112+
$2.98$2.81$2.65
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Color-Lined Copper/Crystal
Code: TBRD8-740
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.81$2.65$2.49
Qty>
Leather Cord USA 1mm Natural Light Brown Round Leather - By the Foot
Code: BTF-0821
Diameter 1mm 
1-910-1920+
$0.35$0.32$0.30
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

The Beadsmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack
Code: NEED-04
Length 2 inches, Size 10 
1-56-1112+
$2.72$2.57$2.42
Qty>
Hana Beading Thread - Acorn 109 Yards
Code: SUP-0575
Length 109 yards 
Price: $8.49
Qty>



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