Instructions to Make a Fabric Necklace Using Round Beads

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Instructions to Make a Fabric Necklace Using Round Beads
Fabric scraps can be made into beads. (cutting of a fabric image by Podfoto from

Crafters often end up with pieces of materials that are left over from their projects. Sometimes these materials are quite pricey and it seems a waste to cast them out. One way to recycle fabric and fancy papers is to turn the scraps into beads and transform scraps into one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces. Because fabric is so malleable it is possible to shape your beads into different shapes and sizes, making your design choices quite expansive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fabric scraps
  • Scissors
  • Plastic gloves
  • White glue
  • Paper bowl
  • Cardboard
  • Oil
  • T-Pins
  • Waxed paper
  • Drill
  • Cording
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut fabric into bits. You want small, shredded pieces. Keep each fabric separate.

  2. 2

    Put on a plastic glove. Squirt white glue into a paper bowl. Pick up a pinch of shredded fabric and mix the fabric with the glue.

  3. 3

    Roll the fabric into a ball shape and add more fabric bits until the ball shape is the size you want.

  4. 4

    Dip your T-pin in oil and insert the T-pin through the centre of the bead and poke the end of the pin into a piece of scrap cardboard to dry. The oil will keep the T-pin from sticking to the glue, as well.

  5. 5

    Allow the bead eight hours to dry completely. Place a sheet of waxed paper on the work table. Slide the bead off the pin when the bead surface is dry enough not to stick to waxed paper. Roll the bead occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick.

  6. 6

    Drill a hole through the bead at the pin hole when possible. Sometimes the pin hole closes and you can't find it.

  7. 7

    Cut necklace cording 18 inches long. Thread each bead onto the cording, making a knot between each bead. Tie off your cords for a complete necklace.

Tips and warnings

  • Shredded fabric can be dyed as a colour lot if you want a strong appearance.
  • Make beads in graduating sizes from small to large. Add wrapped thread while the bead is drying for larger beads to create a textural surface.

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