How to Make Fabric & Wooden Bead Jewelry

Johnnie L
by Johnnie L

I had the pleasure of attending a DIY blogger conference, Haven, in Atlanta over this past weekend. I could write for days about the awesomeness of that whole experience, but that is not what this post is about. While there, my friend Jessica from Mom4Real was sporting a cool necklace that I photographed and knocked off. This is a super fast and easy project. I used a sewing machine, but I will tell you how to make it the no sew way.


Fabric Scraps

Fabric Scissors

Wooden Beads 2 Sizes

Beacon Fabri-Tac


You can use old t-shirts, old sheets, any fabric piece you can think of, really. I used fat quarters and the above picture shows a headband I found at Dollar Tree. The cool thing about using that is it is already a tube, so I didn’t have to sew or use liquid stitch. If you use fabric not already in a tube, just cut a rectangle about 14-16 inches (depending on how long you want your necklace or bracelet). Sew into a tube inside out, then flip right side out.

Tie a knot like above, put bead, tie another knot and continue until it is as long as you like. I use an odd number of beads so there is a central one.

Pick out coordinating ribbon and cut to length you want.

Sew on ribbon to each end or adhere with Fabri-tac. I use clothespins to apply pressure. Fabri-Tac dries super fast and is basically hot glue in a bottle, but not hot 🙂

For some of the bracelets, I just used the end fabric to tie them instead of adding ribbon.

SUPER EASY, and adorable, I must say.

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Johnnie L
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  • Jane Massott Jane Massott on May 25, 2021

    I guess I'm especially dense today, but what are "fat quarters?"

    • Janice Janice on May 25, 2021

      A fat quarter of fabric is a one-fourth yard cut that usually measures 18" x 22".

  • Kathy A Kathy A on May 25, 2021

    So cute. Think it would be a great group project for our church ladies church bazaar sessions!