It’s National ‘Beading’ Craft Month Week 3 – Handmade Fabric Beads


national craft month handmade fabric beadsWelcome back for another round of bead crafting while we continue to celebrate March’s National ‘Beading’ Craft Month.

Did you get a chance to visit our crafty friends last time as they shared different ways of incorporating beads into their projects?

Here is a quick look again if you did not catch that segment.

Now to expand a bit from last week’s projects, we looked at a craft gone bad turned good to a re-purposed project. No wasting with the Frugal Crafter, as she converted a paper project that wasn’t quite speaking to her into paper beads that spoke volumes to her creativity senses.

That got us to thinking about what else do crafters use to make beads. So we went searching and found another great repurposing project.

Handmade fabric beads.

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We are always saving our scraps from one project to use as supplies for other projects. If there is anything else we have around our crafting room more than beads it’s fabric and especially fabric scraps.

Beads can be made from several different materials…last week we looked at paper, this week…fabric. Next week…well you’ll have to come back to find out.

Here are two videos demonstrating two very different ways to make fabric beads.

The first one is a segment from the beading program Beads, Baubles and Jewels, featuring a demonstration of how to make a bead using fabric. There are a variety of methods to achieve the end result…a bead, this process is just one.

It’s a simple process using simple supplies that you may have around your house or that are easy enough to purchase from any big box or craft store. Best of all no special skills are needed.

Once the beads are made the only skills you will need are what you will find at Beading Jewelry 101 beginner level tutorials. Be sure to visit there if you have not yet been through the step by step guide to get you started making jewelry.

This next video takes a much different approach to creating handmade fabric beads for a unique look. Simple sewing skills may be needed to finish off the closure for this necklace, but there are other options by using some simple jewelry supplies.

Actually as I was watching I thought of at least two other ways. I see more jewelry tutorials in the future. In the meantime enjoy this quick and easy version to make a new necklace for this Easter season.

If this has gotten your creative juices flowing then let’s look at some other tools of inspiration to continue on with this topic of handmade fabric beads…books.

We’re shopping Amazon today, I find it a great resource when shopping books about anything. In a quick search for ‘fabric bead books’ we have these two to round out our discussion for today.

Fabulous Fabric Beads by Kristal Wick

The reviews of this book are nothing short of fabulous. Raves from all who have received it and put into practice. Kristal Wick, teacher, designer and author shares her years of experience in making beads of different materials in this step by step easy to follow book of handmade fabric beads.

Next book we will consider is Making Fabric Jewelry by Martha Le Van. This covers a different twist to using fabric as jewelry creations rather than just as beads.


If this is a topic that interest you as it does us we hope you might consider either or both of these books. They will expand your knowledge more on this topic of handmade fabric beads and jewelry and no doubt deepen your skill set.

That’s gonna do us for this bead talk session, now it’s your turn…have you made any fabric beads or fabric jewelry? If so, what is your favorite process for creating these unique looks? Do you have a tip to share with us?

Come on now we know you want to join the conversation. We’re waiting to hear from you.

Until next time…wishing you a scrap basket full of fabric beaded blessings.

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