Saturday, 8 June 2013

Simple bead container

I love to make things with beads, but often struggle to keep the beads that I am working with neat, so came up with this simple bead container. The texture of the fabric helps to keep the beads in place and the shape of the container prevents them from spilling on to the floor. These containers would also be perfect for displaying items for sale at markets, and make great crystal containers in their spare time.

For this project you will need
-Small plastic containers. The ones I used were sold as disposable condiment trays.
-Fabric in a neutral colour with a bit of texture an a bit of stretch. The inside of an old windcheater is perfect.
-Hot glue gun (not pictured)

Start by cutting a piece of fabric large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the container.

To begin, coat the inside base of the container with hot glue, and press your fabric in to it. I suggest using the back of a spoon and not your finger to do this, because burns = not fun :(

Once this glue is set, glue down one corner of the fabric.

Working out from this corner, glue down one edge to the next corner, keeping a bit of tension on the fabric so it doesn't pleat. Repeat on the other 3 edges.

Once all the fabric is glued to the inside, glue down two opposite ends to the outside, making sure not to get any glue on the base. 

Trim the fabric even with the base as well as the corners of the container.

Repeat on the other two sides, and you are done :)

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