Scrap Happy: Making Fabric Beads


This is another use for all of those fabric scraps that tend to accumulate! Leftover scraps are beautiful, and it can be a challenge to figure out what to do with them. Mix and match your strips of fabric, and prepare to make some fabric beads for necklaces, bracelets, or to use as embellishments on other projects!

Fabric beads

How to make fabric beads using your fabric scraps 

You will need:

  • Your stash of fabric scraps. Or some new fabric from J&O that will eventually provide new scraps.
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Thick wire, a coat hanger can work.

Fabric beads

What to do:

  • The scraps need to be a few inches long, width can vary from ½” to 2”. One inch is easier for beginners to work with.
  • Place the fabric with the backside facing up on a table. Place the wire over the fabric, about a half inch from the nearest short side.
  • Fold that ½” over the wire and glue it to the remainder of the fabric. Avoid contacting wire with glue, and if you can help it, your fingers!
  • Next, begin to roll the fabric into a tight ball
  • A rectangular strip of fabric will creater a cylindrical bead. Experiment with shapes and rolling techniques to create different types of beads.
  • Once the rolling is complete, seal the fabric bead with a medium to light varnish. Finish by removing the bead from the wire and stringing it into jewelry!

Fabric beads

When the roll is finished, seal it with clear medium or a light bit of varnish. Then, slide the finished bead off the wire and string it into new jewelry.

Fabric beads

There are many ways to make a fabric bead. You can glue fabric around existing shapes as pictured above for a more classic look!

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