Steps for sewing beads into fabrics

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Beads have been part of history for so long. Beads were attached or sewn to clothing from an early period of time. There is a lot of different version of this from bead weaving to bead embroidery. The origins of bead embroidery go back more than everything else.

Sewing with beads can be a hard task. Like any other skill, it takes time and effort to learn. But there are some basic steps to follow while sewing with beads. The steps changes according to the fact that you may or may not have a design in hand.

Without a design

1. Prepare fabric

A fabric should be ironed before sewing with beads. If interfacing is required do it. Interfacing2 gives enough stability to support the weight of the beads.

2. Experiment with pattern

Since you don’t have a pattern in hand, try to create something by placing the beads around the fabric.

3. Measure and mark your pattern

Once you have decided on a pattern carefully measure and mark the bead placements. This should be done really carefully since even one mistake can mess up your whole design.

4. Sewing the beads

This is the hardest and most important step. Since all the bead positions are marked everything should be straightforward if you know how to sew the bead.

To sew a bead first push the needle through a point to the other side. Once on the right side thread a bead and push the needle to the top through a point nearest to the entry point and continue doing it.

So that’s it. This is the easiest way to sew beads into fabrics.

With a design

1. Sketch the design on a paper

Once you have selected a design to draw it on a paper. If you are confident enough do it directly to the fabric. If you are not confident enough there is another way to do it.

2. Transfer the design to a sheer muslin

Transfer the design drawn on the paper to a sheer muslin. A fabric pen can be used to do this.

3. Attach the muslin to the fabric

Since the muslin is thin you can easily stitch through it. So for this first, we have to attach the muslin to the fabric and pins can be used for attaching.

4. Baste the fabric

The next step is to baste the fabric through the muslin. Basting is a sewing technique that every beginner should be aware of. It is an easy way of stitching and is used for hemming and quilting.

5. Start beading

Once the hand basting is completed you can sew beads to the fabric following the design. Always choose beads that match colours to the fabric. Also, you can test it on another fabric before trying out for real.

6. Use basic stitch method

Attaching beads can be done using a basic stitch method.

7. Finish beading

Finish beading following the hand basting stitches and once look at your wonderful creation.

Kylie Howard