These beaded bobble hats are super-cute! They are about 1″ (3cm) high and perfect to hang on a Christmas tree or wear as Festive jewellery. It takes less than an hour to make each bobble hat. So, let me give you all the details.
You just need size 11 seed beads to make your beaded bobble hats.
This is a great project for using up some leftovers. I have included several different colour schemes in the pattern. So, you can use these, or design your own, to use up beads.
Don’t try making these with delicas, or other cylinder beads. The technique will only work well with the more rounded traditional seed beads. But you can use any brand – just make sure to keep to the same brand for each individual hat. (Basically, different brands are slightly different in size. So, if you try using say, red Miyuki beads, with white TOHO beads, they won’t sit well together).
Then, you just need your favourite beading thread.
If you want to hang your bobble hats on a tree, you can add a jump ring to attach some hanging ribbon. I’ve shown you how to do that in the instructions.
This is an intermediate level project. You can certainly give it a go if you are a beginner, but you’re happy to follow instructions and figure things out. And, of course, if you’re more advanced, this shouldn’t be a problem.
You will be working in tubular Peyote stitch. I have used a combination of basic and two-drop, or three-drop, to create the shaping. If you’re not sure what that would be like, then take a look at this video.
The pattern gives you a word chart, diagrams and photos to follow.
About the beaded bobble hats
A couple of years ago, I made a collection of Christmas jumpers. I started to hang these on a small Christmas tree. But I found I didn’t have enough. So, I created some more designs, and gave you those in my Christmas sweaters pattern.
However, I took my tree out again this year and, still, I had branches to cover!
So, my Mum suggested bobble hats. That’s how these little beaded bobble hats came to life. I scaled these to fit well with the jumpers and sweaters. So, I now have a tree full of winter warmers, which is very fun to enjoy each year!