Introduction: DIY Crystal Beaded Purse

I have been crafting a lot for my handmade jewelry business and the craft club in my University but sadly I haven't been posting any ible for a while. I was really looking for inspiration to get started again! As soon as I saw the Remix Contest, I thought of going through the lamps-lighting and jewelry ibles for inspiration... and finally I found an old ible :) Sparkling Bracelet Tutorial was an inspiration in making this purse.

Though it took a while for me to figure out how to use the same technique to make a purse and of course the purse wouldn't have been complete without the zipper!

Anyways, it felt awesome to post an ible after a long time (48 days!).

Step 1: Materials Needed

To make this crystal beaded purse you'll need:

  1. Bicone crystal beads (any color you want),
  2. Plastic thread,
  3. Lining fabric (matching with the bead color),
  4. Needle and thread,
  5. Zipper,
  6. Sewing machine (optional).

Step 2: Making Crystal Beaded Chains

At first measure the height of the purse and cut 3 times longer (than the height of the purse) plastic thread.

Thread 3 bicone beads into the plastic thread, set the 3 beads on the center of the thread,

Now thread another bicone bead from both sides

As you can see that the thread is now divided into 2 parts, thread 1 bead on each side and again thread the 3rd bead from both sides.

Repeat this process until it reaches the required length.

When the crystal beaded chain reaches its required length thread the last few beads randomly with the remaining thread to lock the beads.

Make a number of crystal beaded chains, as many as you need to complete the purse. Place them side by side to see if they reach the required width. I had to make 8 crystal beaded chains to complete the purse.

Make sure that the chains are of the same length.

Step 3: Joining the Crystal Beaded Chains

Take a good amount of plastic thread (or 3 times longer than the purses height) and thread a bicone bead into it, set it in the center of the thread,

Place 2 crystal beaded chains side by side and insert the thread into the beads of these 2 chains by keeping the threaded bead in the center (see the first picture of this step),

Notice that I've colored the thread into 2 colors (yellow and red) for both sides,

After inserting the thread into the beads of the side-by-side crystal beaded chains, thread another bead from both sides with that thread,

Repeat the process until it reaches the other end,

After reaching the other end insert the remaining thread randomly into the last few beads to lock them.

Use the same technique to increase the width of the purse. Join all the crystal beaded chains together with this technique.

The last picture is the final outcome of this step.

Step 4: Joining the Sides

Done beading the body for the purse? Great! Now it's time to close the sides.

Fold the crystal beaded mat into half as shown in the picture, make sure to fold the purse exactly into half, by keeping equal height on both sides.

Use the same technique to close the sides as used for joining the crystal beaded chains previously.

Follow the last 2 pictures of this step to see how I closed the sides of the purse with the crystal beads.

Similarly, after reaching the end randomly thread the last few beads to lock them well.

Step 5: Preparing the Interior Piece

Measure the size of the purse and cut an interior piece for it. I used blue satin fabric for the interior piece as the beads I used were blue.

Cut and burn the sides of the interior piece (if it's satin),

Fold the interior piece into half and attach a matching zipper with it, (In this case, zipper was the best choice for the closure of the purse).

Sew or stitch the sides and turn the right side of the interior piece out.

Step 6: Stitching the Interior Piece

Insert the interior piece into the crystal beaded exterior piece of the purse,

Push the interior piece inside and make sure the edges of both exterior and interior pieces match nicely,

Use a needle and thread to stitch the exterior and interior pieces together as shown in the last picture of this step.

Done stitching? well then you're done! wasn't that fun? You can mix and match different colored bicone crystal beads to create different patterns. I can't wait to make more! I hope you enjoy making one as well.

Enjoy! :)

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jessyho862013 made it!(author)2014-09-23

nice job I voted

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Austin+KyleP made it!(author)2016-07-06

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-23

Thanks so much! :)

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jessyho862013 made it!(author)2015-11-23

np

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jessyho862013 made it!(author)2014-09-24

ur welcome friend

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Simran+Sharma made it!(author)2016-03-20

nice

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Austin+KyleP made it!(author)2016-07-06

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Austin+KyleP made it!(author)2016-07-06

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Naomi+Carnegie made it!(author)2016-04-18

What a beautiful purse! I can't wait to make it!

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KwartzKitten made it!(author)2015-08-24

I'm loving this 'ible! Do you think this technique could be expanded to larger pieces, like clothing?

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shazni made it!(author)2014-09-23

Looks awesome!

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-23

Thank you so much shazni!

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hunter999 made it!(author)2014-09-18

Cool! That looks very nice :o

Awesome work. :-) (voted)

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-20

Thanks so much for the vote! :)

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TraveltoEstelion made it!(author)2014-09-17

These would make an amazing purse for stationery. I'm definitely making one to go to my classes. :-)

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-20

Thanks! I'm very glad you like'em, post a picture if you make one :)

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watchmeflyy made it!(author)2014-09-16

Gorgeous! They look absolutely stunning. :3

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-17

Thank you! happy to know :)

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DivineDragon1952 made it!(author)2014-09-16

Nice instructable, you have my vote.

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-17

Thanks! and I really appreciate your vote :)

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lindarose92 made it!(author)2014-09-16

So pretty and elegant!

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-17

Thanks a bunch Linda! :)

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Danger+is+my+middle+name made it!(author)2014-09-16

Wow, so pretty!

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-17

Thank you soooo much!

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emilyvanleemput made it!(author)2014-09-16

Love it, very clever remix!

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-17

Thanks Em! couldn't help making the purse after getting hit by the idea :P

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HeWantsRevenge made it!(author)2014-09-16

wow, killer idea and explained fairly well as well as being not too difficult. killer instructable xD

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Muhaiminah+Faiz made it!(author)2014-09-17

Thanks so much! yes, it's quite easy once you get started :)

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