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How to Bead Fabric

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I am a self taught beader.  I became interested in beading about 2 years ago when I wanted to spice up a shirt.  So I went out and bought beading supplied and learned using trial and error.  Then I got some beading books at a used book store; those are the best for finding cool books for making crafts!


Materials:
(1) Beads – you can sew most beads to fabric. I use seed beads because they are small but these instructions should work for most beads.
(2) Beading Needle – these are longer and thinner than regular needles so they can go through small beads like seed beads. However, they are weaker than most needles so they can bend and break more easily. Make sure you don’t use a fabric that is too thick or tough (like leather, vinyl, etc..) because it will ruin the needle.
(3) Beading thread – you can buy special beading thread (usually nylon) that is coated and specially protects the thread from fraying, knotting and tangling.
(4) Fabric – and fabric you want to bead that isn’t too thick (if using a beading needle)

 
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Step 1: Thread Needle

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Pull the thread through the  needle so the thread is double layered.  Tie the ends of the thread in a knot.

Step 2: Begin Beading

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Pull the needle through the fabric so the knot is on the side you do not want to bead. Put a couple of stitches into the fabric to ensure the thread is secure.

Step 3: Stringing the Beads

You can add between 1-3 beads at a time. Adding fewer beads allows for more accuracy in the designs you make. Adding too many beads is much faster but if you add more than three beads the beads can come loose which is not good.


Step 4: Stringing the Beads 2

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Push the beads down to the bottom of the thread so they are touching the fabric. You may want to pull the thread taught to make sure the beads are completely touching the fabric. Again, if you don’t do this the beads could become loose and snag on something or just look ugly.
jjorna1 year ago
Thank you - this is exactly the info I have been looking for. I have been a little intimidated by this project up until now!
parisbabe3 years ago
Awesome!!!! I also subscribed
Lettucehead4 years ago
this is a great instructable! the video was real helpful too.
Carleyy (author)  Lettucehead4 years ago
I'm so happy you like it! I have some cool ways to use this beading technique to make some fun stuff so keep an eye out.
I will, because I subscribed!
no-one4 years ago
First off, great first instructable with a lot of good information. If you're using uncoated thread try rubbing it down with bees wax which is the traditional native american method, you can find it at craft stores or online.
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