If you love the look of beaded applique, but do not necessarily love the cost of it, there is a way to make it yourself. Beaded appliques can add unique textures and dimension to most any outfit or accessory. Add some glitz to a purse or other handbag with beaded applique that will match the look you are going for, especially since you get to pick out the colors and design to suit your tastes. Many appliques can be finished in one to two days with supplies from craft and sewing stores.
Things You'll Need
- Muslin fabric
- Applique design
- Iron and Ironing board
- Embroidery hoop
- Hand-quilting thread
- White glue
- Felt, optional
Transfer the applique design to the fabric with the iron, or draw one freehand onto the fabric.
Place the fabric into the embroidery hoop. It needs good tension so that you can see how the design will look when it is finished. If the fabric is too loose, you may end up with beads where you do not want them.
Sew on the beads, until the design is covered as desired. To make sure that each bead is secure, it is best to sew one on at a time. When finished sewing on beads, knot the thread securely and snip it close with the scissors.
Turn the piece over so that the beads are facing down. Spread white glue over the back of the beaded fabric. This will stiffen the piece somewhat, as well as making sure that the beads and threads are locked into place. Let dry completely.
Cut the beaded image from the fabric. Make sure not to cut any of the threads that hold the beads into place. Glue felt onto the back of the applique, if desired, to give it a more three-dimensional look. The applique is now ready to be sewn onto the garment or bag.
Tips & Warnings
- Use larger beads or pearls to outline your design.
- Sequins can also be used in place of or alongside beads.
- Photo Credit Jenny Acheson/Stockbyte/Getty Images
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet
While learning to make jewelry, working with simple pieces provides excellent practice for acquiring new skills. For example, this beaded bracelet tutorial...
How to Make Seed Bead Patterns
Seed beads are the tiny, little beads used in different projects. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and are...
How to Make Embroidery Appliques
Appliques are a fun way to embellish clothing and household items. Different colors and textures in the applique fabric can give the...
How to String Applique Sequins Beads
Sequins and beads can be sewn onto garments individually or in pre-strung strands. If your design calls for rows of beads appliqueing...
How to Make Sequin Appliques
Sequins are found in a wide variety of styles, shapes, colors and designs. They can greatly change the look of clothing, costumes,...
How to Do Flat Bead Work With Seed Beads
Seed beads range from 3 mm to the more usual 2 mm or smaller. Flat work using bead knitting, bead weaving in...
How to Apply Sequined Beaded Appliques to Fabric
Fashion changes fast and styles come and go. Change clothing you already have in your closet into something new by adding a...