Saturday, October 18, 2008

How To Make Fabric Beads by Monica Magness of Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild

Don't throw away your scraps,
Make fabric beads instead.
Gather into a pile scraps of cloth, yarn, thread, & embroidery floss.
Wash the pile using your washing machine, sink or bucket.
It is the dryer that really creates a lovely tangled mess of color.
Pick out from your clean, dried stash a couple cloth pieces
measuring no more than 2-3 inches in length.
Roll the scraps in the palms of your hands until you have a
tight enough ball to actually PIN into place.

Thread your needle with an arms length of quilting thread
and sew in and out of your pinned creation until it is stiff.
After I feel that my fabric bead is nice and tight,

I tie off & cut my thread starting back into the fabric ball
but this time adding seed beads.
If you prefer, add a string of glass beads to your ball
to create a tail.

You now have colorful fabric beads

for embellishing purses, books, clothing, art dolls...


Go one step further and add charms to the base of your fabric bead,

create multiples of fabric beads to turn into bracelets/jewelry.

Please respect Monica's Terms of Use: Have fun creating different variations of fabric beads and please feel free to sell your finished pieces! My "How To Make Fabric Beads" tutorial may not be copied, reprinted, emailed or distributed by any means without my permission.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! The beads are wonderful and a I am going to try. May I have the permission to translate and link your page on my own blog?