How to Make Fabric Covered Beads




Introduction: How to Make Fabric Covered Beads

About: I'm a stay at home mom of two gorgeous little girls! I love crafts and making just about anything. I love to find stuff I really like and make it myself (with my own twist of course!)

If you have scrap fabric you are not really sure what to do with, or you want to make something to match that out fit you just made. This is really fun.

The finished items seen here can be found at my Etsy shop:

Step 1: What You Need

You will need;

A small scrap of fabric. (about 1" by 3" to 4")
Glue stick ( it is actually very important it be a glue stick and not some other kind of glue)
Wooden bead (they come in large bags with many sizes for about $3.00)
Knitting needle, stick, pencil or something else that will fit in the end of the bead

Step 2: Trim Your Fabric and Get Sticky!

First you will need to trim your fabric;
*Place the bead at the end of the fabric, and roll it around, trim the fabric so that there is just a little overlap.
*Next you want to trim the long edge so that when the fabric is rolled around the bead there is just enough fabric to tuck into the hole of  the bead.
* Now that you have trimmed your fabric cover the back of the fabric with glue ( Now I have tried many different kinds of glue and the glue stick is the only one that doesn't seep through the fabric)
                             Oh and don't worry it should hold, I have had some of my jewelry for over a year with out any problems!

Step 3: Wrap Your Bead

Wrap your bead
*After you have covered the fabric in the glue, place the bead at the end of the fabric (centered) and roll it up.
*Next cut the open end of your cylinder into strips.
*Now take your knitting needle (or other small pointy thing) and use it to push each individual strip into the hole of the bead. It is important to push the strips in sequentially and not just hop all over the place with it, it makes your ends MUCH smoother.
*Repeat the previous two steps on the other side and you are finished!

The sky is the limit! Be creative!

***If you do make something cool using what I have taught you here, or you find any tips and tricks along the way please pass them along! I would love to see some pictures of your creations!!

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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Thank you very much


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great tutorial, thank you very much!
    I wonder if it would work with plastic beads? I have some ugly plastic balls I bought by mistake... I wonder if I could cover them with fabric to make them usable =)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    As long as the beads are smooth I don't see why it wouldn't work. Good luck!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice, and an easy to make idea!! thanks! :))


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! What a great way to make your bead more interesting!