THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

May 28, 2006

Build a Bead Stash Fast ‘n Cheap

Filed under: Embellishment,Notions — phyllisc @ 11:57 am

by Diva Phyllis 

Every sewer needs a bead stash, and it’s always a challenge to find the right colors and styles. The challenge is the same whether it’s fabric or embellishment – how do you find what you want?. A quick way to build a bead stash fast and inexpensively is to buy packs of beaded fringe and just cut the beads off and sort them.

This one came from Jo-Ann’s; you can also find them at craft stores like Michaels or A.C. Moore. There is generally about a yard or so in each package, which gives you a couple ounces of beads – plenty for most projects. Plus the color palette is already coordinated. Trying to do the same thing via bead catalogs or shows can just take forever. I usually sort the beads while I’m watching television.

These will be used to embellish the placket this for Simplicity 4124 tunic, View E (blue long sleeve version.)



  1. That is a fabulous idea!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — May 28, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  2. How come I missed this cute top pattern! I can’t wait to see it made up!! Great idea with the fringe. I think our local store had a bunch on sale, I’ll have to take a better look.

    Comment by jemgirlca — May 28, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

  3. What a great idea..something that can be done around the pool(no wind provided) and I like your pattern also.. susan

    Comment by Anonymous — May 29, 2006 @ 6:10 am

  4. Phyllis, I am wondering how you store and catalog your bead stash. Shoeboxes, or one of those shop things with the little drawers? After a while ripping beads off trim, one could have quite an accumulation. I would love to have a peek into your system.

    Comment by Georgene — May 29, 2006 @ 7:31 am

  5. What a great idea, Phyllis!

    Comment by Gigi — May 29, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  6. Great idea, thanks Phyllis.

    Comment by Els — May 30, 2006 @ 5:15 am

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