How to Make a Felted Bead Bracelet

by Kate Richbourg

Felted beads are fun and quick to make. Grab some roving and join the party!

Supplies

  • Wool roving
  • Dish soap
  • Plastic container
  • Hot water
  • For bracelet: Additional beads, long needle,
  • Heavy-duty thread, clear nail polish or glue
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Wool roving is needed for the felted beads. Roving can be found at yarn shops or anywhere that carries spinning supplies. .

    Step 2

    Each bead takes a piece of roving that fits in the palm of your hand

    Step 3

    Add water in the plastic container. Make it as hot as your hands can stand and add a few drops of dish soap.

    Step 4

    Agitate the water to make it sudsy.

    Step 5

    Dip the roving in the water to soak it through.

    Step 6

    Add a couple of drops of soap to the roving and roll it into a ball between your palms.

    Step 7

    Agitation really builds up a lot of suds. The soapy roving may seem super slippery so go ahead and rinse it to remove the suds. Add another drop of soap and continue rolling the bead.

    Step 8

    Here is a quick video that shows how I roll the beads. I had just rinsed the bead before I shot this.

    Step 9

    This is a partially felted bead. Don't get discouraged of your bead looks like this. Just add more soap and keep rolling.

    Step 10

    See. It works. Keep rinsing, adding soap and rolling.

    Step 11

    Make a bunch of beads and let them dry overnight.

    Step 12

    To string the beads into a bracelet, cut about 24" of heavy-duty thread and thread it through a long needle.

    Step 13

    You may need to use a pliers to help get the needle through the bead.

    Step 14

    Try out a few different designs.

    Step 15

    Keep designing...

    Step 16

    Until you find a combination you like.

    Step 17

    When all of the beads are strung, thread the needle through the first felt bead that you strung. Check to see that the bracelet fits your wrist by rolling it on.

    Step 18

    Tie the tails in an overhand knot.

    Step 19

    Flip the bracelet over and tie the tails in a square knot. (Right tail over left. Then left over right. Like the first knot you make when you are tying your shoe. )

    Step 20

    The knot nestles between the beads.

    Step 21

    Cut the thread and remove the needle and repeat the knots on the other side.

    Step 22

    Add a drop of glue or clear nail polish to seal the knots. Let dry.

    Step 23

    Cut away the tails.

    Step 24

    Slide it on your wrist!

    Step 25

    You have a pretty new bracelet.