Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last thing......birthday beads for my sister...

Fabric bead necklaces.

To make:

13 wooden beads (mine were 2 cm)
Light weight fabric
Spacer beads with large holes (If you haven't got these you can put knots between the beads)
Sewing machine/over locker.

Cut a length of fabric 12 cm wide and 120 cm long. It can be shorter than this - 1 metre is good too. For smaller wooden beads 1 cm wide, make the piece narrower, say 8 cm. You're just allowing for the bead to fit easily and a seam.

Fold right sides together and sew along the edge. I use an over locker for this.

Fold your casing out to the right side. This can be a bit fiddly.  I used a knitting needle to help.

Cut the ends on a diagonal - this helps if threading spacer beads on.

Slide on your spacer bead 20 cm from the end.  Then put the wooden bead inside the casing. Follow this with a sliding a spacer bead on to keep the wooden bead in place. Alternatively, tie a knot.

Repeat until you like the look of it. I used 13 beads on one, 11 on another and 18 on another so , basically, I make it up as I go along. You can trim the ends to make them even.

Fold in the unfinished ends to hem and hand stitch.

Down tools now. Off to the post office!


  1. oooooo .... what gorgeous beads .... I'm sure your sister is going to love them.

  2. The yellow fabric is actually from one of her old favourite dresses from the late seventies! It's in disrepair but I managed to rescue a strip of it along the hem! I lovie making these necklaces. I guess because I love fabric and patterns. And they are quick to make!