Project of the Day: Tila Temptation Bracelet

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Welcome to Day 15 of our National Craft Month celebrations! We’ve been having such fun sharing exciting and fun craft tutorials with you every day! We’ve moved from paper crafts to DIY jewelry and fashion crafts and so far we’ve featured nothing but amazing ideas as part of our Project of the Day series. I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering some new and interesting crafts as much as we’ve loved sharing them with you!

Tila Temptation Bracelet Tutorial

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Today I’m really excited to share our Project of the Day from Bead&Button magazine. They have some of the most amazing bead weaving projects and this one is no exception! Follow along with this DIY bracelet tutorial to make a gorgeous Tila Bead Bracelet designed by Jane Danley Cruz!

Tila Temptation Bracelet Tutorial

Learn how to make a bracelet by stitching a colorful chevron chain bracelet using Tila beads, glass pearls, and seed beads.

Project of the Day: Tila Temptation Bracelet Tutorial


Bracelet 7 1/2 in.

  • 34 Tila beads
  • 33 3 mm glass pearls, color A
  • 34 3 mm glass pearls, color B
  • 1 g size 11 seed beads
  • Clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb
  • Beading needles, #12


  1. On 1 yd. or Fireline, attach a stop bead leaving a 9 in tail. Pick up three size 11 seed beads and sew through the first hole of a Tila bead. Pick up three 11’s, a color A 3 mm pearl, and three 11’s, and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead. Pick up an 11, and sew through the first two 11’s added at the start of the first step. (figure 1, a-b)
  2. Pick up a color B 3 mm pearl, three 11’s, the first hole of a Tila bead, and an 11. Starting with the 11 your thread exited at the start or this step, skip five beads, and sew through the next two 11’s. Pick up a B and three 11’s and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead. Pick up an 11, skip an 11 in the previous row, and sew through the next two 11’s.
  3. Pick up an A, three 11’s, the first hole of a Tila bead, and an 11. Skip five beads, and sew through the next two 11’s. Pick up an A and three 11’s and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead. Pick up an 11, skip an 11 in the previous row and sew through the next two 11’s.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to the desired length, ending with step 2.


  1. Sew through the previous B and three 11’s, the second hole of the second-to-last Tila bead; the following three 11’s, B, and three 11’s; and the second hole of the last Tila bead. (figure 2, a-b)
  2. Pick up seven 11’s and half of the clasp, and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead again. Retrace the thread path to reinforce the connection, and end the thread.
  3. Remove the stop bead, and repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other end of the bracelet.



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  1. Kathleen Copeland says

    my first craft was christmas ornaments for our christmas tree several years ago. Now I beadweave jewelry and love it!

  2. Cathy Barron says

    My first craft was a doll keychain made in a grade school art class with crystal Y beads and a painted wooden head.

  3. Mary Forgays says

    The first craft I remember making was a picture made out of macaroni and construction paper. My mother was an avid crafter and we always had some project going.

  4. Mary LaMartina says

    My first craft was a pot holder made out of pieces of nylon fabric strung on a square palate.
    I just loved to make these pot holders for my mom so that she didn’t burn herself. My mom never had the time to nurture me any further because she passed away due to cancer.

    After some time I tapped into my creative desires one that my mother started to nurture in me so long ago. I have taught myself to crochet by means of books and went on to making Victorian lamp shades and now I am trying to make jewelry.
    I wish to thank all of you talented and unselfish artisans who share their talents with those who desire to create beautiful pieces of art are out here and are learning from you.
    Thank you all,

  5. Lottie Hoffman says

    The first craft I ever did was making for my mother placemats that I steciled flowers on and pulled threads off the edges for fringe. I was 7 at the time. AND I still have them.

  6. Tammy Gaus says

    The first craft I ever made and completed after I had children was a cross stitch of quilts hanging on a line outside a cottage with lots of trees. My favorite project ever. I was a stay at home military housewife with two small children. It took me three years to complete the project.

  7. Nancy L says

    The first craft I cam remember is sewing pictures on cards ; remember the ones with the holes pre-punched? I was probably three or a bit younger. The craft taught me patience, good eye/hand co-ordination, learning that not every gratification is instant, to be proud of myself when the job was finished, and the need to look at the whole picture. I still use many of those skills today, but I must admit I don’t always get the “whole” picture anymore – LOL

  8. Bea says

    I have always done all sorts of crafts since a child. I don’t remember what came first, but I remember tracing out cut-out paper dolls, then designing and coloring new outfits for them. I also used my mother’s fabric left-overs to sew (by hand) outfits for my Barbie doll. I used to use thread to crochet outfits and shoes for my Shirley Temple doll. I started from age 6 or 7.

  9. says

    i would love to do the tempation bracelet is it a free one or do iave to pay
    I a just a beginner at beading and i am hooked

  10. Wendy Clark says

    My first craft project was learned from my Grandamother. She taught me to quilt. The first one was one that I made for my Mother with Grammas help. Since then I have not stopped learning one craft or another. My Grandmother and Mother taught me that not only is crafting rewarding when you finish the piece you are working on but also it is the best way to relax at the end of the day. I have recently begun to bead weave and now take my beading project with me wherever I go.

  11. Lee Willits says

    My first craft learned was when I was around 5 yrs old. I learned to crochet millions of yards of chain stitch. I graduated to hundreds of scarfs, then to afghans. Gradually I migrated to knitting…Mom taught me how and also showed me her “FIRST” sweater….an ugly misshapen mustard colored cabled sweater, with uneven sleeves and buttonholes that sometimes held the button. I think of that sweater often when I am stuck for beading ideas or tired of a particular knit stitch or start to think I have “bitten off more than I can chew”. That sweater is my inspiration regardless of the current project or craft.

  12. says

    My first craft project I remember doing with my mother around age 5 was a drum made out of a painted and glittered coffee can!! I went around the house banging my drum, lol!!

  13. Nancilynn Saylor says

    The first craft I ever made was homemade cards for my family. I used my mother’s typing paper, made up a poem which I hand wrote inside. Then I drew and colored flowers on the front with colored pencils. I was in the second grade. Not long after that my mom taught me to embroider! I love making cards and writing poetry to this day and I am now 65+ years old.

  14. Joanie Potter says

    I stayed with my grandparents in the summer time from a very young age. They lived on a totally primitive farm without running water or electricity so everything was done by hand. My grandma was a crocheter and seamstress and would make dresses for herself from a piece of material and a thread and needle. I loved her “scrap bag” of fabrics and she let me dig through it and make doll clothes for my stiff-legged preBarbie dolls. These were my first crafts. I have gone on to crocheting, knitting, various craft projects and most of all doing alterations for people. I have had a life time of sewing and crafting thanks to Grandma and her scrap bag!

  15. says

    The first craft I ever worked on was taking my brand new jean jacket and giving it some bling! I took thread and assorted seed beads and stitched them on to every seam of that jacket. I loved the finished project and wore it everywhere.

  16. Tami S. says

    First craft I remember doing was embroidering a kitchen towel with my mother when I was young.

  17. Cathy D. says

    The first craft I remember making was a Christmas ornament made from circles cut from old Christmas cards, the edges were then folded up making the circle a triangle, followed by the turned up edges were glued together forming a ball shape. I loved this project and still do. I believe that was early elementary school. That set the fire to crafting…

  18. Amanda N. says

    The first craft thing I ever made was an embroidery dresser runner. I was around 4 or 5 years old and I still have it after 40 years.

  19. Patsy Grimes says

    The first beaded craft I ever made was a collar necklace. I was working summer school for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. In the afternoons the children would work on beaded jewelry. I fell in love with beading and have been hooked ever since.

  20. Nancy F. says

    My first craft was sewing at 4-H club out in the Pennsylvania mountains. Little did I know that it would take me to a life of sewing and designing. I am now teaching my grand-daughters how to sew doll clothes. Just one simple class can change a persons life. Thank you to all the crafters out there. You never know how you will touch a young life and possibly start them on a life long career.

  21. joni rumbaugh says

    My first project was making a rug on a spool with pegs with yarn made a long tube that you made into a circle stitched in places and made into a rug sized for my Barbie dolls. Xoxo

  22. Cindy C says

    I remember doing crafts with my daughter from when she was 2 years old. now shes 37 years old and my mom, myself and my daughter, we love doing scrapbooking, sewing needle point, we love doing crafts. Three generations. But my favorite is jewelry making . I love bead weaving bracelets.

  23. Lynn Troxel says

    The first craft I made was a fancy dressed cow doll. I sewed for years but I started making jewelry a few years ago. Jewelry making is my favorite. It feels great to see a finished product!

  24. Becky Stewart says

    The first craft I learned was cross stitch. I completed a stamped cross stitch sampler, which I still have, then learned several common crewel stitches. I have my first crewel project, a butterfly on a branch, framed for display in the spring. It’s been 35 years, but I still enjoy counted cross stitch, needlepoint, and crewel. In the last two years, I’ve taken up jewelry making, including bead stringing, bead weaving, kumihimo, and macrame’. It’s the perfect de-stressor after a long day at the office!

  25. Mary E Shoemaker says

    When I think of making crafts, I remember my Mom doing thistle Christmas trees. I don’t remember helping her, but I was so inspired by her creativity. My twin sister and I started making tissue paper roses and fabric flowers. We painted, we sewed (my Mom made lots of our dresses) and every new craft that came along, we tried. I am still making jewelry and my husband made lampwork beads for the jewelry. We have a real family affair going on!

  26. Christine says

    My first project was making pompoms out of yarn to. Put on our shoes. Wow what a long time ago.they were so popular and so cute. I think I might just try making a few again. THXS for a reminder of a blast from the past.

  27. colleen says

    I started doing embroidery when I was 2. My Mom would draw something on a piece of old sheet and then I would work on it. My Mom sent my masterpieces to my Gramma and she saved them . I have them now. That was 65 years ago. I love sewing, quilting, all kinds of needlework, knitting, crocheting, beading & paper crafts. The only thing I can’t seem to learn is tatting. I scrapbook with my daughter and granddaughter (we go away for a week at Mother’s day and have fun making a mess and no clean up until we leave.

  28. says

    the first craft i remember making was a pen & napkin holder made out a gumnut glued onto a slice of wood, with 2 upright slices of wood glued next to that, & varnished. i’m pretty sure my mum still has this in her office now!

  29. Patty H says

    I made a Christmas sweatshirt for my mom with a big tree on it. I used beads for the ornaments and added lights that really worked with a battery pack! I must have been 7 or 8. After that I made her one each year. She kept them all including that first one. She is in a care facility now with Alzheimers but it was a treat to discover she had kept all those shirts.

  30. Lauri Wagner says

    I remember making really long ch as in out if double mint gum wrappers and runlbbervand guns to shoot little pebbles with my uncle, before that if it required gluing and we had paste invoved…..well…I would spend my time trying to eat the paste ūüôĀ

  31. Maurine H says

    my first craft was a chenille bed spread. I was in 4-H. It took me many years( about 5 ) to finish and when finished it was very dirty so washed it and hung on the line. Someone stole it and I never got to use it. It was all white. Now I teach Seniors crafts.

  32. Patsy says

    A macaroni necklace. Food coloring was used to dye the pasta. I hope little little boys & girls still get to do things like that. I make all sorts of jewelry now and photography. Two things I started doing at an early age that stayed with me through the years.

  33. Jill Rauenhorst says

    The first beading craft I remember is when I was a kindergartener and my mom and sister and I each made ourselves a broche which was a stuffed felt Christmas tree with seed beads and sequens decorating the front. Pretty sure my mom did most of it, but it added to my love of creating!

  34. AJ says

    Hi- Working on this now. I couldn’t find link to last project for comments which was the –bronze and gold tila bracelet–. My comment is regarding that project. I started it over four times to make sure it wasn’t me making an error but each time, the seed beads on the outsides did not match and on the left side, the thread was visible whereas on the right, the two beads (from one tile to the next) came together. In other words, the sides did not match. Is there an error in the pattern and has anyone else had this problem?
    Or, is it me after all? Any help is appreciated.
    Thank you!

  35. Vickie Morton says

    I remember making yarn cats. my mother had some boards that we wrapped yarn around and used a yarn needle to go through one side and then cut the board off. they were like pompom on a long string. Then it was tied a certain way and we glued beautiful cats eyes on and made ears from felt. I found some of the boards we used and wanted to make some with my granddaughter but can’t find the beautiful cat eyes.

  36. Joni Solomon says

    I mabe the funnest jewelry with my mom many years ago until mom passed away 2004. After that I forgot most of what we did. I am trying to get back to what we were doing and add it to what is current. I am sure my pieces are dated. I are read to learn, and would welcome any help. I hope to feel the same joy while making theres project I can feel my mom….

  37. Penny says

    My first craft project was making clothes for my ‘walk is talkie’ doll when I was about 9, in the 1950s. But, since then, I have dabbled in drawing, painting, various types of paper craft, and, of course, beading! I love bead weaving best of all!

  38. says

    my first craft was doing what we called horse rein. it was a spool with a hole going through it and about 4 U nails hammered into the top. we wove around these nails with the result coming out of the bottom of the spool as a rope. i know that they call it something else these days. as i was about 8 years old and in the great depression, our material to weave was simply and always string from the bakery…you know…the red and white string that tied up our boxed purchase. when the rope was long enough,we would sew it into a circle. my dream was to make one big enough to become a rug. never got that far but started many. i’m 86 and think of that project every so often and where we girls would sit…on the front stoop. i’ve graduated a bit as i bead with Swarovski beads these days.

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