Make a BEAD BUTTON – easy way

Updated on July 29, 2022 by Sarina Tariq

This post is about making buttons from beads.

Beads are beautiful. If you can incorporate these beads as functional elements to your clothes, it will be so very nice. Attaching beads as buttons adds a special texture to your garment.

It is great that you get beads in different colours, shapes and textures, much more than you get buttons. Triangular shaped, heart shaped, cylindrical shaped, so many shapes and colours. It takes only a simple trick to transform these beautifully shaped beads into buttons suitable for your clothes.

Related post : Different types of beads; Different types of buttons.

how to sew bead buttons

You can easily sew the small buttons of sizes 5 – 6 mm like pearls, wooden beads , glass beads into the garment straightaway. You sew it up like you would a regular button. They look like buttons, they behave like buttons.

One thing you have to ensure is that the buttonholes for these small bead buttons should be smaller than what you would make for a similar sized regular button.

Problem arises when you have beads larger than that. Bigger beads of size 8 -12 mm needs a shank. 

Best way is to make a thread shank. You need a thread shank so that the bead button is slightly raised from the surface of the cloth. 

How to Make a shank for a bead button

Step 1

Thread your hand needle with two or three strands of thread. Leaving about 5 inch tail ,Make a loop around the bead. Do this twice more.  Make it adequately tight , but not so tight that you cannot let two needles pass through.

bead buttons - wrap thread through the hole in your bead

Step 2

Make button hole stitches ( Start from the side of the needle to the other side where you left the tail) over this thread loop, tightly, like you would make for a thread bar for hooks .

make bead buttons- start making buttonhole stitches along the wrapped thread

After you have made the stitches completely, tie the two end tails strands making a knot.

Make two knots. This will secure your stitches on the shank.

tie the thread tails together

Now re-thread the needle and Take it through the shank you have made and come out through the center of the shank.

shank for the bead button

Now you can attach the bead with the help of this needle.

Another slightly difficult option you have is to make your own metal shank with a heavy wire.

Yet another option is to tie a knot at the back of the bead. Leave a tail of 5 inches on the bead after going through the hole of the bead twice.

Tie a knot around the tail of thread just under the bead. Make 4 such knots one on top of the other.

Tighten the knot with your hand. This is your shank

More ideas to make bead buttons can be found here –  How to make bead covered buttons

beaded buttons

Related posts :Different types of buttons; How to sew a button; How to make fabric covered buttons

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