Make a Custom Peyote Toggle Clasp for a Cuff Bracelet

Peyote Tube Bead and Loop Clasp Tutorial

Making a toggle clasp to match a peyote stitch cuff bracelet is easier than you think - with just a tube of peyote stitch and a simple loop of beads, you can create a clasp that exactly matches your beaded bracelet.

  • 01 of 09

    Make a Piece of Flat Peyote for the Toggle Bar

    Estimating the length of the peyote stitch toggle bar
    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    String on the desired number of beads to make your piece of flat peyote stitch for the toggle. You can estimate the length of the finished piece by holding up the beads on your needle next to the edge of your peyote stitch cuff bracelet. 

    For these toggles, it is easier to work in flat even count peyote stitch so you don't have to worry about making the odd count turn at the end of every other row. If you need a centered pattern though, you will need to use flat odd count peyote stitch. It's a personal choice, and either method works perfectly well.

  • 02 of 09

    Make a Tube Bead for the Toggle

    Zipping up the peyote stitch into a tube
    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Work in flat peyote stitch (either even count or odd count) until you are happy with the size of the beadwork. Make sure that you can comfortably roll the beadwork into a tube. If the beaded tube is too tight, it will be difficult to get your needle into the tube to attach it to the bracelet.

    Zip the peyote ends together to form a small tube. Weave in your ends and set aside.

  • 03 of 09

    Attach the Toggle to the Bracelet

    The loop attachment for the peyote toggle
    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Start a new thread on one side of your peyote cuff. Center the new thread so that the toggle will be in the center of the bracelet.

    Pick up 7 Delica beads and pass ​the needle through a center bead (or beads) on the peyote tube. Pick up 3 Delicas, pass through the fourth Delica in the original set, and pick up 3 more Delicas. 

    Pass needle through the beads you exited at the beginning of this step from the other direction to form a loop attachment.

    Repeat the thread path two or three more times to secure.

    Weave your thread ends into the cuff bracelet and trim the thread close to the beadwork using embroidery scissors or a thread burner.

  • 04 of 09

    Make a Loop on the Other End of the Bracelet

    Making a loop to fit over the peyote toggle
    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Start a new thread on the other end of the bracelet, exiting from a center bead or beads.

    Estimate ​the number of Delica beads to make a loop that will fit around the toggle. You don't want to make the loop too large, or the toggle will fall out. Likewise, a loop that is too small will not allow the toggle to comfortable fit through.

    The best way to check for the fit is to string the number of Delicas then pass the needle through the beads you exited at the beginning of this step and pull snugly. 

    Slide the toggle bar through the loop to check for fit - if it is not a good fit, remove the needle and pull the thread out of the beads.  Adjust the number of beads accordingly until you have a secure fit.

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    The Finished Simple Loop and Toggle

    The finished simple loop and peyote toggle clasp

    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Once you have the correct size loop for the toggle, weave your thread ends into the body of the bracelet, knot and trim the thread close to the beadwork.

  • 06 of 09

    Make a Strip of Peyote to Go Around the Toggle Bar

    Peyote Toggle

     Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Make a peyote tube bead for the toggle as described at the beginning of this tutorial.

    For this method, you will work in flat even count peyote to make a strip that will fit around the toggle bar you made.

    Center a new thread on one side of your peyote stitch cuff bracelet.

    Pick up one bead, or one stack, if working in two or three drop peyote stitch, and pass through the next up bead in the bracelet.

    Pick up one bead or stack and pass through the beads just added.

    Continue to work in this manner, making a strip of peyote that will fit around the toggle bar. 

    Make sure that there is some wiggle room on your strip - don't make it so that the toggle bar will be directly against the bracelet. Give yourself about 1/4" - 1/2" inch to allow the toggle to pass comfortably through the loop on the other side.

  • 07 of 09

    Attach the Peyote Strip to the Toggle Bar

    Attaching the peyote strip to the toggle bar
    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Wrap the peyote strip around the toggle bar so that it fits snugly. Stitch the end of the strap to the strip by passing through the rows of beadwork on each side several times.

    You should also secure the toggle by either using a tiny amount of glue to hold the peyote strap in place or by stitching into the toggle and then back into the peyote strap in several places.

    Weave your thread into the peyote strip and then back into the bracelet base. Secure with a few knots, and then trim close to the beadwork.

  • 08 of 09

    Make a Loop on the Other Side of the Bracelet

    Make a loop on the other end of the peyote stitch cuff bracelet
    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Make a beaded loop on the other side of the bracelet, the same way you would for a simple toggle clasp.

    You also have the option of stitching a peyote ring as in this peyote stitch toggle clasp tutorial. Just be sure that you stitch a ring large enough for the toggle bar fits through comfortably.

    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    The Finished Peyote Strap Toggle Clasp

    The finished peyote strap toggle clasp on the peyote stitch cuff bracelet
    Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Using a peyote strap to attach your toggle makes for a very substantial yet comfortable finish to your peyote cuff bracelet.

    The two peyote stitch cuff patterns in this tutorial were designed by Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers. They can be purchased through her Etsy shop.

    Edited by Lisa Yang