This is a tutorial for exactly what I did to create the bead and loop closure for my Hemlock Sweater
It just so happened that my yarn and beads worked for this method. You will probably need to adjust this tutorial to work with your sweater, cardigan, or shawl - and the available supplies. Luckily, this is a tiny project that uses just a bit of yarn, so you can easily and quickly iterate through adjustments this method to find one that works for your project.
Ways you can customize this tutorial:
- use any kind of bead, button, or whatever as the "bead"
- make the loop longer to accommodate more fabric or a larger "bead"
- make the loop thinner or thicker - a single strand or i-cord
- make the closure separately without attaching to your sweater
I don't show how to do any of these things in the tutorial below. Use my tutorial as the foundation and experiment for yourself.You need:
- beads (buttons, sequins, rocks, shells, whatever you want)
- sewing thread
- yarn needle
- sewing needle
- tape measure
(text is above its corresponding photo)
Forgive me, I didn't take a perfectly arranged photo of all the supplies. We're jumping right into the doing!
1) Cut two lengths of yarn: 18" and 11".
2) At the midpoint of the 18" length, make a knot.
3) Directly over the first knot, make another knot.
4) Pull tightly.
5) Make a loop of thread in the hole of your bead and put the ends of the 18" yarn in the loop.
6) Use the thread to pull the yarn through your bead.
7) Use a sewing needle to put the thread loop back through the bead hole. Be careful that you do not put your needle through the yarn in the bead - the thread loop should be next to the yarn, not through it.
8) Use the thread to pull the 11" yarn through your bead.
9) Pull the 11" yarn so that it's longer than the 18" folded yarn at the top and the bottom.
10) Pull all the yarn through the bead until the knot is almost at the hole.
11) Trim the non-knot yarn so it's a tiny-bit shorter than the knot.
12) Pull all three strands together so the knot is tight against the hole. Be careful to not pull the 11" yarn out of the bead. Remember, the longest strand is the 11" strand that isn't really attached to anything, so don't pull on it by itself.
13) Put the yarn strands around the cardigan where you want to attach the closure. Put a short strand by itself and the long and short strand together.
14) Tie a square knot.
15) Braid the three strands for 2 inches.
16) Take one of the short strands and thread it on a yarn needle. Use the needle to pull the strand through to the front of the cardigan, then through to the back again. This is to anchor the closure's loop. Don't pull that strand too much or you'll buckle your braid.
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17) Tie ends in a square knot. Not pictured: hide the yarn ends.
18) Three finished bead and loop closures.
HOW TO USE THE CLOSURES
19) Put the loop through lace on the opposite side of your cardigan.
20) Slip the loop over the bead to secure.
TIP: I attached the closures to my sweater on one side and then made a tiny stitch in white thread on the other side (in a hidden spot) so I'd know where to put through the closure loop. You don't want to button up crookedly! :)