Bead Necklace

Bead Necklace

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2007


This craft comes from Julie Pennington Hardee, learn more about Julie and her designs at

Resources: We used 1-inch solid wood beads (Item No. WD-DP-9103-93) from Sunshine Crafts, Julie recommends going to local fabric stories and thrift or vintage stores to find vintage scarves to use as the fabric for the bead necklaces.


  • Sewing machine

  • Fabric of your choice (silk or rayon)

  • Thread

  • Sewing scissors

  • Chalk

  • Yardstick

  • Loop turner

  • 1-inch wooden beads


  1. Use a thin piece of fabric (preferably silk or rayon).

  2. Cut fabric so the length is 55 inches and the width is 5 inches. (If your fabric isn't long enough, piece together two swatches to make the right length.)

  3. Sew the sides of the fabric together to form a tube. Leave ends open.

  4. Take a loop turner and turn tube inside out.

  5. Take a 1-inch wooden bead and slide the bead to center of tube.

  6. Hold the bead tightly to mark center. Tie a tight knot on each side of center bead. Repeat process until you have about 8 beads inside fabric.

  7. Sew ends closed on a sewing machine.

  8. Leave enough fabric on the ends to tie it around your neck (about 11 to 12 inches total).


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