It is a challenge to make beaded purses, for you should know some basic information for sewing as well as the basic beading stitches.
1. Choose and cut fabric for purse and lining
- Choose silk or ultrasuede fabric for your purse. Cut the fabric 4 inches wide and 12 inches long, or any dimension you want your envelope purse to be.
- Choose a corresponding liner to work for your purse, and cut your lining the same size as the fabric. Once beading is completed, you can sew the lining to the fabric.
- Cut your interfacing which is 1/4 inch smaller than your fabric and lining.
- Iron your interfacing to your selected fabric on the wrong side, and this interfacing will give you support when you are doing your beading.
- Use the beading thread to thread your beading needle and tie a knot at the end of the length of the thread.
- Turn to beading needle to pick up three seed beads.
- Place the seed beads all together on the fabric.
- Go down through the fabric right after the third bead.
- Come back up between the second bead and third bead.
- Go through the third bead again.
- Pick up three more beads and repeat.
With this stitch, you can do whatever you want. You can fill the entire piece of material with seed beads, or you can leave the space so that the silk material will show or fill the space with larger beads.
- Once the beading has been sewn down, take the lining and sew to the front of the material on three sides.
- Turn inside out and manually stitch the remaining side.
- Take the strip of material that has been sewn, fold it 4 inches and sew down the sides with a whipstitch
- Fold down the top flap, and sew a buckle on the top of the flap and the purse’s body.