Beaded Pig Pattern by Allegra

Welcome to the 3-D beaded pig pattern instructions! If you have any difficulty following this tutorial, please post a comment at the bottom of the page on which you are stuck, and we'll do our best to help!


Beaded Pig Pattern

Before you begin ...
2.5 meters of fishing line
149 round plastic beads of desired size, or seed beads for a smaller pig; divided into the following colour scheme:
130 beads of the main colour (in these instructions, purple beads)
13 beads for ears, tail and nose (in these instructions, blue beads)
6 beads for eyes and hoofs (in these instructions, black beads)
Time required: About 2 hours
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Easy

Step 1

Step 1:Welcome to the beaded piggie instructions!! I have just finished adding arrows and bead numbers to all the pictures, and I am now in the process of posting all the words! This is the first ever beading pattern on this website to use bead numbers instead of color-coded dots to depict the beads! It was the suggestion of a dear loyal visitor of this site called Laura, that numbers are clearer and more meaningful than dots. So let's try it! I have done my best to ensure that the bead numbers are consistent from picture to picture, so you can tell which bead is which. Whenever there is a string of unmarked beads between two numbered beads, assume that the numbers count up between them. Okay, here we go!

The picture tells you to "start here". "Here" refers to the posterior (yes, the buttocks) of the pig. This will be the first circle of beads that we make to start the beaded pig pattern. It consists of 8 beads, so it's a rather large circle. Depending on the bead size that you use, you'll be able to stick your finger into your pig's buttocks once you have made him! (but make sure your kids aren't watching)...

Step 2

Step 2:True to what I just told you, the unlabelled beads in this diagram count up between the labelled ones. So, all you su doku masters, can you tell where beads 2 to 7 are? This is our circle of 8 beads to start the new pig pattern's posterior. Simply string 8 plastic beads onto the fishing line, and cross the last bead added with the other end of the fishing line. It is important to note that you are using 1 piece of fishing line with two ends, not two separate strings. However, for the sake of simplicity of explanation, I will from now one refer to one end of the fishing line as "the red string", and to the other end as "the black string". However, they are one and the same piece of fishing line. The red arrow depicts "the red string" and the black arrow depicts "the black string". The string colors are consistent from picture to picture.

Step 3

Step 3:Now add beads 9 to 12 onto the red string. Thread through bead 12 going in the opposite direction with the black string. We've made the second bead circle, which consists of 5 beads (beads 8 to 12).

Step 4

Step 4:After pulling tight on the fishing line ends, you can see more clearly the circle of 5 beads above the circle of 8 beads. Now thread the red string through bead 1, as shown in the diagram. This bead is already found in our pig pattern, as it is one of the original 8 beads of the first bead circle. To the black string, thread beads 13 to 15. These are new beads to be added to the pattern.

Step 5

Step 5:This step is very easy! All you have to do is "cross" bead 15, that you just added to the pattern. Thread the red string through bead 15 in the opposite direction from the black string (on which you have already strung bead 15 in the previous step). Pull tight to make a brand new circle of 5 beads!

  Beader Comments:
 Lynn on February 4, 2016:
@ mel... Sorry, No... have to print each page of the free patterns
 mel on February 4, 2016:
is there a way to bring up all the steps on one page so i can print it
 angie on August 12, 2014:
just awesome but finish it quick for me!
 Ilovebeading on August 29, 2013:
Thanks, Lynn for replying to all my questions. There is a Walmart store near me... so i will see if there is fireline!
 Lynn on August 26, 2013:
@Ilovebeading... Fireline can be bought anywhere that sells 'fishing' line... (including Walmart or Academy)... available in clear/green/grey... can color the clear using a felt marker...
 Ilovebeading on August 26, 2013:
Okay, thanks Lynn, but where do yo get the fireline?
 Lynn on August 20, 2013:
@Ilovebeading...oops, guess I missed this one... do you mean 'actual sewing thread' (NO) or 'beading thread to sew it together'... yes to sewing it together with beading thread... would recommend fireline (#6) sooner than oneG or nymo thread... You would have to repeat your thread paths many times to strengthen your structure if you used a lighter thread... A monofilament line was used for this which holds the shape well.
 Ilovebeading on August 20, 2013:
is nobody gonna answer my question??? sorry for the inpatience!! also, please make 3d dragon!
 Ilovebeading on August 8, 2013:
another question: can u use thread for sewing instead of fishing line? i used it for the beaded bird pattern and it was excellent. pls answer!!
 Ilovebeading on August 8, 2013:
where do you get your beads? Thanks for the free patterns!
 INVADERZIMgumball-gir on October 7, 2012:
Making 3d bead animals 4 the first time is the hardest thing ever!
 Allegra on August 26, 2012:
Nicole, depending on the size of beads used and your pig's final size, fishing line would definitely be the best. If your pig is made using seed beads and so your finished piece is very small, you don't need as much "fortification". But for plastic beads, regular string (like say for sewing) would break apart sooner or later and you would have a very hard time keeping the piece rigid. Your pig would be quite squishy and not rock solid. You want a thicker weight of fishing line for a bigger pig (bigger beads used). Go for a 20 to 30 pound for that. For intricate work with seed beads, I used a 6 pound weight of fishing line. Hope this helps!
 Nicole on August 13, 2012:
Do you just recommend using fishing line? Will any other string work?
 makayla jones on July 3, 2012:
that is so neat
 Me on May 19, 2012:
This was so much fun to make!
 shima on November 29, 2011:
i know this looks hard but its not. all u need to do to keep your self from getting confused is actually take a red and blue sharpie and color your string at the tip, and i swear to you it will make it a million times easier!
 Josh on October 22, 2011:
so I've seriously restarted this thing I don't know how many times to no avail with the alteration of directions. Any chance you'd make one with specific bead colors and I could pay you for it? Name your price.
 B~) on August 20, 2011:
this looks awsome...i've been sick and this would be an awsome inside thing to friend told me about this site and its totally awsome!looks kinda complicated...but no matter! Ican do it!:D
 Tansy on August 9, 2011:
In steps 1 & 2 where do u start to put the beads, do u start off in the middle then work your way from there? Thanks! And LOVE these crafts!! :)
 Christine:) on April 18, 2011:
Is there any way that you could make a monkey from these patterns. if so can you post it.
 lilli : D<(lol) on April 12, 2011:
would it be possible to make a guinea-pig out of these guide lines? If so could you pop it up?
 Tara on March 31, 2011:
can this be done with pony beads? if I can I'll totally make it (: by the way, it's really cool
 Christine:) on March 24, 2011:
I know I wrote today but I was just saying anybody that wants to make a beaded pig this is the website you should be on because I think that even I didn't do it yet but I think the instructions are pretty easy to follow. If anybody agrees with me say I agree. I will check back tomorrow.
Peace Out.
 Christine:) on March 24, 2011:
This little pig is so cute I wish I could make one. I haven't tried yet but I will when I have the time.
 Grace Kosel on March 13, 2011:
It is really cute but I have no clue how to do it
 Julie on February 13, 2011:
very good illustration
 Sammie on February 1, 2011:
This site looks pretty kewl! When I got on here I was looking for pony bead designs because i love doing those but theses look kewl to!! I will have to start doing them!
 MongoGrubb on January 1, 2011:
I appreciate the detailed instructions and arrows. I only have one question. What lb test fishing line do you use? Also what type of fishing line (example: conventional fishing line is thicker than say fire wire fishing line with the same lb test rating) The only reason I ask is to make sure that I don't get something too thick to string complex designs through, but is still strong enough to keep it from snapping part way through the project. Thanks.
 Christine on September 12, 2010:
Hey! What type of beads are these?
I just made the pig out of yarn and pony beads and it looks....strange. I'm totally going out to get some (good) beads and thread later!
 Heather on May 8, 2010:
I would just like to point out that on page 22 there is a step missing. could you please sort it out but otherwide, great pattern easy to understand.
 belinda on February 14, 2010:
thank you so much the pattern is great,its very easy to understand and detailed.i love it .
 min on December 31, 2009:
i'm assuming i start in the middle of the string, right?
 em on December 11, 2009:
to ??? and lana, does no-one read anymore? it clearly says at the top that this pattern is easy, and the string needs to be 2.5 metres long!
 ??? on November 24, 2009:
is this one hard?
 vickki on November 24, 2009:
what kind of beads are those (the orange and blue 1s)cuz i cnt find them and theyre really pretty <3
 lana on October 14, 2009:
how long of a string do we need any way
 Jen on August 8, 2009:
J--- Step 5 is really basically the same as all the other steps. You've already added the beads in the previous step, now you just need to cross the last bead like you did with bead 12 in step 3.
 Jen on August 8, 2009:
Hi Soccer luver, there'll be more coming. Allegra is very busy with studying at the moment. But she'll be onto more again soon, and the rest of us will add more when we can.
 J~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ on July 8, 2009:
Can you make step 5 more clear? thanks!
 Jessica on July 8, 2009:
Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the bead that you use in the picture of Step 1. You know, the ones with a white bead on the inside, and then a coating with a color...THANK YOU!!!
 soccer_luver on June 24, 2009:
nice! could u be a little quicker with the terrier, duck (ducky), tiger, dragon, and panda? they're totally cool (especially the dragon, tiger, and panda.) and i'd like to have the instructions so i can make them.
 brad on January 27, 2009:
thanks a lot, guys. when you look at the patterns, its a bit confusing esp if you are a begginer,
 Jax on January 24, 2009:
Hey Brad, We are here for help too if you need it! Just post on the page that you are having trouble with and one of us will answer you, but I don't think he will give you too many problems. I made him as soon as Allegra posted the photos and he was really easy. Once you get going, it's just basically repeating the same step over and over.
 Jen on January 24, 2009:
Hi Brad, I don't know if Allegra was planning on doing that, there's already a pattern for it. You should be able to do it fairly easily. Maybe eventually, I might even do it for her, but I'm making no promises, and it would certainly be a while yet.
 brad on January 22, 2009:
will you be able to transform the beaded pig into the inkscape program? thanks
 Jaymie on October 6, 2008:
Thanks how to show us how to make these cool patterns
 Chelsea on September 18, 2008:
Amazing tutorial, you don't even need written instructions! The numbers and arrows work perfectly for me.
Can't wait for more projects!
 cj on August 26, 2008:
k thanksss
 Allegra on August 18, 2008:
Okay I've drawn the arrows and bead numbers (that's right, I'm using numbers this time instead of coloured dots!) I'm trying out numbers because they do what dots do and then some. The purpose of the numbers is to orient you from picture to picture (which follow the same numbers), and to show you the order of adding the beads. The words are coming soon!
 cj on August 13, 2008:
thanks so much ill be waiting
 Allegra on August 13, 2008:
I'm SO sorry CJ!! I know you've been patiently awaiting this tutorial... The events of the past two weeks have been out of my hands because my server kept crashing and there was warnings of data corruption. So for that reason, I was avoiding posting new stuff on the site until they resolved their issues. I thought the issues had finally been resolved on saturday when the server company released a message to that effect, but then it crashed again on sunday night, and we have only just resumed service last night. So I've had enough of their bad service, and I'm now in the process of switching this site to a new server (don't worry, the address will be the same), and hopefully the problems will be resolved!! I'm afraid to post on it until I have switched it over because the whole concept of data corruption scares me. I'm SOOOO grateful for your patience and continued support! The site should hopefully be on the new server by the end of this week. I'll let you know.
 cj on August 13, 2008:
still waiting...
 cj on August 7, 2008:
ok ill be waiting. thanks.
 Allegra on August 7, 2008:
Wow you're really waiting for it! I just came back from a weekend camping trip (sorry -_-;;;) and my website's server has been haywire the past two days (great welcome home gift), going down unpredictably. So obviously when it's down I can't update the site, but hopefully I will get that problem delt with once and for all tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!!
 cj on August 6, 2008:
how much longer do u think it will be??
 cj on July 30, 2008:
thanks a million!! i cant wait!! (awesome site by the way)
 Allegra on July 29, 2008:
Hi CJ, I will for sure have the words all posted within a week!
 cj on July 28, 2008:
when do u think ull have the words? i dont think i can do it without them..
 Nikki on July 18, 2008:
Hooray! I'm getting started right now. He's the cutiest.
 Jax on July 18, 2008:
I am so excited, I can't wait to try this one. I paged thru to the end and your pics are great, I think I can manage! Too bad I have my IV certification all day tomorrow, it will have to wait till I get home.
 Allegra on July 17, 2008:
I've finally started posting the instructions for the beaded pig pattern! I only have to draw the arrows on the pictures and repost them. But feel free to try without the arrows and written instructions!