Fabric Covered Bead Necklace

If you are looking for an easy to make kid friendly craft that makes a great gift, I recommend trying this Fabric Covered Bead Necklace DIY craft project. The resulting fabric necklaces are very elegant and would be a welcomed gift by all recipients, including tweens, teens and adults.

These necklaces are fun to make and you can choose fabrics to co-ordinate with your favourite outfits.

With a little pre-sewing preparation, school aged kids can make these without much assistance. If you want to have a go at making your own, read on for instructions

You will need:

Wooden Beads or Marbles (about 10 should do)

Light weight cotton fabric about 150cm (60″) long and wide enough to wrap around your bead plus 2cm (1″)

Safety pin or tube turning tool

Sewing machine

General sewing supplies

Optional – Tassels or yarn for tassel making

How to Make a Fabric Covered Bead NecklaceTo make fabric tube:

1. Measure the circumference of the beads you would like to use and add extra for seam allowances ( 2x seam allowance). This will be the width to cut the fabric strip.

2. Cut your strip. The longer your strip, the longer the necklace will be. Because we are knotting, every knot you add will shorten the length of the fabric tube. If you want an extra long necklace you can add less beads or make your fabric tube longer by sewing two long pieces of fabric together.

3. Fold fabric lengthwise, wrong sides facing and sew along long edge. I’ve used an overlocker (serger) but straight stitch is just fine.4. Turn tube inside out with a safety pin.

5. Measure the center of fabric tube and tie a knot.

6. Working evenly on each side, feed beads down the tube.

7. Twist fabric slightly and tie a knot close to bead.8. Repeat until you are happy with the amount of beads in your necklace.

9. Tie a knot to fasten and trim ends. Alternatively you can stitch ends together for a neater finish.

Here I’ve made one with wooden beads (blue floral) and another with marbles (purple). You can see that the marbles are heavier and make the necklace hang more sharply than the wooden beads.

If you’d like to add some tassels to your fabric bead necklace, you can find great tassel making instructions over here. We made lots in the workshop but I didn’t have time to photograph the steps.

Tip: To fasten the tassel inconspicuously, attach before step 5 and tie a knot over the yarn knot.

These fabric necklaces make fun gifts for kids, teens or adults. They are an easy handmade gift that kids can make for Mother’s Day, or you may want to add some to your handmade Christmas list.

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  • Deb Kay Deb Kay on Aug 10, 2021

    Yep. I have one cmas colors which my daughter made me 30 yrs ago. Still one c of my fave things to wear!!

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Dec 10, 2021

    These would also be a great project for girl scouts, and even a party craft. For schools that have little craft fairs or farmer's markets, these are a fundraising winner! Someone made a similar one for me that was stuffed with cotton, and pony beads in between each ball. Yours are so colorful and fun -tassels are great too! Thanks for sharing!