Saturday, June 5, 2010

Beads! (aka "More Fun With Fabric Scraps")

Recently, a friend, who is also an all-things-fiber fanatic, came over and showed me a few things to do with those eeny weeny fabric scraps I can't part with.  Among her many clever ideas were how to make fabric beads.  Fast-forward to last week when I was making a prototype of my new Pocket Purse design (pattern is now in my Etsy shop) and I started fooling around with this idea.  Wanna have some fun?  It is so dang easy, I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it myself.  Here are the easy squeezy steps:
First, lay a piece of fabric, ribbon, whatever, vertically....
Next, lay lots of little bits horizontally...
Place a coffee stirrer-type straw at the bottom...
And start rolling.
Put a dab of glue at the end just before rolling it all up.
Et Voila!

For one of the beads in the top photo, I wrapped wire around it and spaced glass beads every so often. 
Soooo fun! 
(Also see "Fabric Leftovers" by D'Arcy-Jean Milne for more ideas.)

1 comment:

lori vliegen said...

i LOVE this idea!!! what fun and funky fiber beads!!! thanks for the tutorial.....i'm gonna give this a try!! xox, :))