How to Bead a Cushion

Updated February 21, 2017

A plain cushion can be transformed to a decorative piece with the use of beads. Cushions add comfort and serve as accessories when placed on sofas, chairs and other room furniture. The addition of beads to these soft pieces give a decorative boost to a room. When beading, keep in mind the use of the cushion. Adding beads to the centre of a cushion intended for sitting may make it useless.

Select a stencil or pattern for the bead work. Trace the stencil onto the cushion using a fabric pencil.

Choose beads to fill the pattern. Select sizes and colours appropriate for the design and colour of the cushion and surrounding decor.

Heat hot glue in a hot glue gun until it reaches the right temperature for use.

Add one drop of hot glue to a bead and press in place on the cushion. Hold for several seconds before releasing.

Repeat the process of adding glue to beads and pressing onto the pattern until complete.


Wipe away any excess glue immediately to prevent glue balls from forming around and between the beads.


Using too much glue will cause a wet appearance around the beads. Use only a very small amount on each bead.

Things You'll Need

  • Stencil
  • Fabric pencil
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Beads
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Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.