David Dean

Pipe bags are used among Native Americans to store the accouterments for the ceremonial and leisurely consumption of tobacco. Historically, each tribe developed its own style and pattern for a pipe bag. Shown is a Sioux pipe bag featuring lane-stitch beadwork and a section of quillwork.


Size 11° seed beads in white, navy, yellow, kelly green, and red

16" x 20" piece of brain tanned or commercial tanned elk or buckskin 16)4" x 8" piece of buckskin 8" x 8" piece of thin rawhide Size B white beading thread Prepared porcupine quills in red. navy, and yellow Water Glue


Size 12 sharps needle Pen

Scissors Razor knife Bowl

Tablespoon Bag

Step 1: Fold the 16" x 20" piece of buckskin in half lengthwise. Hand-sew the long sides together with a straight seam. Turn the bag inside out so the seams don't show. Also, turn a 1" hem at the top and whipstitch.

Step 2: Transfer Section 1 of the chart (Figure 1) to the front of the bag. The lanes drawn should be V" each. Do the same for the back of the back using Figure 2. Use lane stitch to bead the front, back, sides, and upper edges of the bag.

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