Tutorial: Beaded Bow-tie Bracelet

I LOVE this bracelet! I love the feminity of the bow-tie closure and the contrast of the silver spacer against the black fabric. And the beads! Well. I love ’em. You could easily turn this into a necklace or make multiples in different colors and tie them all together for a chunkier, funkier look. Have fun! And let me know how yours turns out.

Supplies: wooden craft beads * spacer beads * ribbon * fabric (needs to be a thin, lightweight fabric) * measuring tape * scissors * needle and thread

1. Measure your wrist.

2. Measure the circumference of your bead.

3. Cut fabric 2″ longer than your wrist length and 1″ wider than the bead’s circumeference.

4. Fold fabric in half lengthwise and sew a 1/4″ seam along the long edge.

5. Turn right-side-out. Then turn raw edge of one end inside. Cut 2 10″ pieces of ribbon and insert one about a 1/2″ into the turned in edge. Using needle and thread, stitch closed using a running stich, synching as you sew. Be sure to catch the ribbon in your stiches.

6. Insert bead through open end. Next, slide spacer over fabric.

7. Follow this bead/spacer pattern until you reach the end of the tube and have about 1/2″ of fabric left (you should end with a bead).

8. Turn the fabric in, insert the end of the other ribbon (1/2″) and sew closed in the same manner as the other end.

9. And then … you’re done!

Tips and Variations:

  • Make sure that you measure your beads properly and don’t over-sew the seam. I made that mistake the first time and my wooden beads wouldn’t fit inside. Luckily the marbles from the toy bin did. :)
  • Instead of using spacers like the ones I did, you could also use jump rings, embroidery floss or even lace or ribbon (if using floss or lace, you’d just tie a knot in between each bead).
  • Use a solid fabric, but cover/double up with lace for an extra romantic and vintage feel.


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  1. Love these! I have a box full of beads just sitting here- definitely going to make one. Thanks for sharing!

  2. ur bracelet is an awesome one and i really want to see the other tutorials of urs but i m not able to confirm the link as it is showing the link is broken

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