Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shams Sewing Tips Video #2 - Making Fabric Beads


Choker-length necklace worn doubled as a bracelet.

You asked for it!

Several weeks ago I posted a video on how to turn tubes of fabric with a bobby pin.

I was using the tubes to make fabric beads and using those beads to make jewelry.

Closeup of beads

Finished necklaces

You asked for a video on how to make the beads, so here you go!

Just in case it wasn't clear in the video, here are the tools and supplies that I used:

  1. Ruler
  2. Lighter
  3. Wire cutters
  4. Pliers - round nose and curved
    (though I mostly use the curved)
  5. Super glue
  6. Scissors (not shown)

Fabric tubes made from 1" wide strips approximately 18" long.

Wearing my necklace as a bracelet

Thanks, Sarah!
(Sarah is wearing Butterick 5891, view B, sans collar. I should have taken a wide-angle pic as you can't see the cute polka dot panels at the bottom.)

31 comments:

  1. I don't think my first post went through, so will try again. Thank you so much for this video, it is very helpful and you did a great job presenting the information. Looking forward to making some beads.

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    1. Thanks, Anna! Let me know how it goes!

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  2. Great video, Shams and Sarah!

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  3. Thank you so much for taking the time!
    P.S. I love to see you on video. I feel like you are a friend and it is lovely to hear your voice!

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    1. Thanks for that lovely comment, Janet!

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  4. Shams, thanks so much for the wonderful video. Wire in the beads!! What a surprise to me!!!!! Can't wait to get started on some gifts for family members -- young and old!!! Your generosity is so appreciated.

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy! You can use the same technique to create earrings, pins, bracelets...

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  5. Ah-h-h! A fun summertime project! Thanks to you both for sharing your technique..so generous!

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    1. Thanks, Fran! Let me know what you make. :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing the videos! I loved seeing you and your tutorials were great. I love the way you showed in the video for turning tubes inside out, it works pretty good for me too,

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  7. How fun! Must try this. Thanks for taking the time to make the video!

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  8. Excellent video, thank you both! Can't wait to get my ingredients together and make some :)

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    1. Ooh, I bet you will do something really cool, JillyBe!

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  9. Thank you! You did a great job and I am going to be making some of these soon!

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    1. Thanks, Pamela! I also make paper beads. ;)

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  11. Thank-you so much for sharing the making of this necklace. I absolutely love it.

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  12. Excellent! You did an amazing job. I am having bead fantasies as we speak. Thanks for your efforts!

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    1. I want to see what you do with it, Bunny!

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  13. This looks like a fun project - thanks for making the video. I love Sarah's dress too, the fabric is so pretty

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen! Yes, I should have photographed all of Sarah's top. The fabric is from Ikea - she cut up a duvet cover. It's called the BJÖRNLOKA RUTA and you can see it here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20235045/
      Sarah has used this duvet cover to make a satchel, pants, and a top. Maybe more!

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  14. Awesome video.
    I have an hour before i need to be at work....

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! I hope you were able to use some of that time for fun. :D

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  15. Love this!! I have never seen the bobbie pin technique for turning a tube and will give it a try! I can see alot of these fabric beads in my future! Thanks for the video.

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    1. Thanks, Star! Yes, I keep a bobby pin right next to my sewing machine for this purpose. :)

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  16. Such a whimsical way to put those scraps to use. A perfect summertime accessory.

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