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Fabric Beaded Jewelry

Need a new bracelet?
A new Necklace?
Have some fabric that you adore?


Let’s brighten up your jewelery box………oooh, and add some texture to it too.


I made this bracelet using some of those big wooden beads you can find in the “make your own jewelry” section of the craft store. I bought mine about a year ago at Michael’s but I know I’ve seen them other places more recently. And really, you could choose any shape.


All you need to do is begin by attaching one end of a jewelry clasp to one end of some wire/thread/line (whatever you use to bead your jewelry). Add your beads until the desired length.


Lay your beads down along some fabric and cut the fabric about twice as long as your threaded beads and wide enough to wrap around the beads 1 and a half times.


Then, take all but one bead off and wrap one end of the fabric around the bead. Twist and pull the end really tight so that it is snug around the end of the bead. Then, thread a needle (with a long piece of thread), knot the end, thread it through the end of the fabric and then start winding the thread around the end of fabric and right against the bead, really tightly. Make sure not to tangle the wire and the clasp……you should be able to still pull the wire and adjust it as you go. Make a knot to keep all of the winded thread in place. Go here for a great knotting technique.


Then, twist the fabric around the bottom of the bead and pull really tight. And I mean tight. This will help keep the shape of the beads.


Now, you want to wrap the thread around the bottom of the bead but you want to hide the thread in between each section. So shove the needle under the fabric as far as it will go, pull it up and go back down in that same hole and repeat until you have reached the bottom of the bead.


Wrap the thread around the bottom of the bead, really tightly. (And you can trim the end of the fabric now or after you finish. Just make sure not to cut the wire.) Make a knot to keep all of this wrapped thread in place. Go here to use a great knotting technique.


Then thread another bead onto your wire and wrap the fabric around it.


Twist the fabric around really tightly and hold it tightly while you hide the thread under the fabric, until you reach the end of this bead. Wrap the thread around the bottom of the bead again, really tightly. (if you run out of thread, knot it and then begin with a new piece.)


Repeat until you reach the end. Trim off the excess fabric making sure not to cut the wire.


Attach the other end of the clasp.


Then apply some “Fray Check” that will help the ends from fraying even more. It’s alright if it does a little bit because it has kind of a shabby look to it anyway.


Now you’re ready to add some dazzle to any outfit.


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Surbhi says:

    its lovely….will make it soon..!!!!!!!!

  2. harrysdesk says:

    Such a lovely and achievable project!
    Thanks for putting it together of everyone to enjoy.
    I have featured this tutorial in a post about great Christmas gifts for women and girls.
    You can see it here….
    …if you like.
    Thanks again.
    Ally of harrysdesk

  3. Heather says:

    just wanted to share something a bit easier … make a tube, tie the fabric into a knot about 3 in. in and then fill with round bead and then tie the fabric into a knot then repeat.. it comes out pretty cute too.. yours is very tailored and beautiful but just thought i’d share. btw.. LOVE this site! you put a lot of work into all the directions.. Thanks

  4. FineArtPainting says:

    this is so good that I'd love you to add a link back to your tutorial from our blog through out brand new & weekly DIY / CRAFT tutorials LINKY PARTY

    Many more people would love to know your idea!

  5. 540 - HBSE 11 pg paper says:

    I love this, and I have one at home that used metal beads with a large hole to form the link between beads… even easier?

  6. MelissaSue says:

    Hi Ashley!
    Thanks for your kind words in your response email when I sent you the pic of this project… :D Glad you liked it… I put a button for your blog on my new blog (that has pix of stuff I make)… check it out

  7. Ashley says:

    Julie, to get the thread from one section to the next, you have to hide it under the fabric so that you can't see it. So tie a knot after you've wrapped it around the fabric multiple times and then shove the needle under the fabric as far as it will go. Then pull it through and then shove it back down under the fabric and back up. Repeat until you reach the next section that needs to be wrapped multiple times with the thread. Repeat.

    Hope that helps a bit more. :)

  8. Brandon and Julie says:

    I love these and have always wanted to buy one, but not for $20 bucks. So I am glad you shared this. Also I am slightly confused about how you get the thread from the top of the bead to the bottom of the bead.

  9. ~Kimberly says:

    I LOVE that bracelet! I am a RED girl! I really enjoy your blog! I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Have a great day!

  10. Jill says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! I love this!!! Thanks for sharing…great idea!!

  11. Tasha says:

    Oh, I cannot wait to make these!!!! So fun

  12. Catherine says:

    I was daydreaming about a new fabric necklace as I fell asleep last night. :) Thanks for the reminder and the great tut.

  13. Kinderfalls Primitives says:

    What a great idea. Pam x

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