When you first start the project, loop a long piece of cord/ribbon/string around a keychain loop so you have two string ends to work with.
When putting the string through the beads, put one end through first...
Then put the other end through going the opposite direction. In the patterns, the two ends are marked different colors so it's easier to follow.
You'll need two main pony bead colors - 41 beads and 11 beads (we used blue and white).
You can use seed beads and thread instead of pony beads and ribbon/string for a smaller project (good for girl guide hat swaps).
Start the project by looping the string around the keychain ring as shown in the general pony bead directions.
Follow the pattern as shown to the right.
Tie a tight knot at the bottom.