We sew because we like flexing our creativity and expressing our unique personality, right? Embellishment can be a great way of achieving this, so I'm going to show you how to sew beads onto fabric, just like I did for my Bellini blouse's collar. I know I promised this post a few days ago, but I hope you agree that Simplicity's Jiffy 1356 giveaway was a good enough reason to postpone!
STEP 1 - Prepare your fabric
Press your collar piece well and apply interfacing to give it enough stability to support the weight of the beads. Make sure you also mark out your seam allowances / stitching line to help you with the placement of your beads - you don't want them getting in the way when you're constructing your collar. Although not shown in my pictures, I highly recommend stay-stitching the curved neckline edges to avoid misshaping.
STEP 2 - Experiment with your bead placement
Now's the fun part - have a go at experimenting with the placement of your beads before committing to a design! I tried out different formations and borders and even toyed with the idea of creating a polka-dot effect. In the end I settled for a flower-head design on each scallop.
STEP 3 - Measure and mark your placings
Once you decide how you want to show off your beads, a little measuring is required to put your vision into practice. First I measured the length and width of my flower-head, then I measured the width of each scallop to make sure my design was centred. I also made sure my flower-head would finish at least 1cm from the seam allowance / stitching line I then marked the centre of my flower-head with a little 'x' on the back of my fabric.
STEP 4 - Sewing beads onto your fabric
With all the prep out of the way, you can finally start sewing your beads - just double up your thread and you're ready to go! Start by finding your mark on the back of your fabric and passing your needle through. Once on the right side of your fabric, thread a bead through your needle and down your thread. Then insert your needle close to your initial entry point and pull out to the back of the fabric again. Inserting the needle close to the initial entry point ensures the bead is tightly secured and will help keep the shape of your design.
STEP 5 - Admire your handiwork!
Wahoo, you've created something unique and beautiful! And your inner geek will be happy too, safe in the knowledge that the ugly threads will be hidden by the time you finish constructing your collar.
Now that you know how, are you tempted to embellish anything soon?