How to make simple and perfectly shaped fabric beads

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Fabric beads … mmmmmm ….
Usually I like em kinda chunky like this …
How to make a simple and perfect fabric bead
… but every now and then I need a bead that’s perfect and plain like these.
How to make a simple and perfect fabric bead
There are a number of ways to get a perfectly round fabric bead, but this tip is too good to keep to myself.
My secret for the quickest, simplest, most perfect round fabric bead ever ….
Peel'n'Stick
That’s right, Peel-n-Stick double-sided adhesive!
All you need to do is cut a strip of adhesive and a strip of fabric the same size. The width would be the length of the fabric bead, and the length of the fabric should be about 1-1/2″ to 2″ inches. Apply the adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric. Trim the fabric to size if necessary so that it’s perfectly straight on all sides.
Remove the backing from the adhesive. But not all of it! Leave about 3/4″ to 1″ at one end.
Tip: To trim the backing paper, I scored it with the back of my seam ripper.
How to make a simple and perfect fabric bead
Next, wrap the fabric around a piece of wooden dowel about 1/4″ to 3/8″.
How to make a simple and perfect fabric bead
The backing paper provides strong support to give the bead a perfectly round shape. How perfect and simple is that?
How to make a simple and perfect fabric bead

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3 thoughts on “How to make simple and perfectly shaped fabric beads”

  1. cathy @ mydaydreamingheart.com

    Great tutorial! I’m hooked on paper beads right now, but the fabric beads are intriguing … 🙂

  2. I’ve had great success with adding a piece of Scotch tape to the end of the top of the bead and then attaching to a drinking straw or even if I want a smaller hole, to a plastic Q-tip stick. The tape keeps the fabric nice and straight and it rolls up very easily.

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