A Beaded Bag Charm


I was languishing in a LONG and very boring checkout line the other day. I had already checked my email, my FaceBook page AND my Instagram feed so I had exhausted all my usual ways of redeeming the time and that’s when I noticed it!

The gal in front of me had this cute little beaded bag charm on her bag so I asked her if I could take a closer look. And here’s what I saw! There was one long strand of cording tied in a “larks head” knot on a metal swivel hook, with a cute variety of beads strung on the cording and a charm or two attached to the hook with a metal jump ring and I thought…


I have ALL that stuff in my stash!

So the first thing I did when I got home was dig WAY into the back of my closet for my bead box and within 30 minutes I had created this cute facsimile you see in the photo above.

It was easy as pie and if you’d like to make one of your own, here’s what you’ll need:
a little snaphook– I used the kind we carry which is ~1/2″ wide.

Cotton cording– I used the 0.2mm wide variety that we carry, in khaki (leather cording works too)

a metal charm with a sturdy jump ring- the charm I chose depicts the mascot for my favorite college team, Wake Forest

– a variety of beads


First—Attach the cord to the clasp using a larks head knot. Now open the jump ring for your charm and attach it to the bottom of the snap hook ring. Make sure you place the jump ring in the center of the knot. Once you’re happy with your placement, close the jump ring.


Next— Thread a selection of beads onto the cording ends and tie a simple overhand knot underneath the beads. Cut off the excess cord close to the knot. (If you’re using cotton cording, dab some glue on the cut ends to keep them from fraying.)charm4

Here at left is another beaded bag charm I made up using a StudioKat Designs zipper pull. (The charm can actually be taken off and attached to a snaphook but I opted to use it as is.)

I think these little bag charms would make a great little gift item, especially if the charm used is personalized for the giftee!

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

Do you think you might see a few of these little bag charms in YOUR future?

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8 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I love this idea and really so easy to put together. I am always stumped for a quick little something for a friend (which also includes me) this so works to fill that void. I think it will also fit the bill for when I want to be creative and don’t have a lot of time. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh my goodness!!! This is the cutest thing ever. I just love it! Yes, I’ll be making some just as soon as I collect a few more interesting beads! Thanks for sharing this idea. Yours look great on your purses!

  3. I just saw something similar on our local buy and sell..selling as golf stroke counters…$25 Canadian. Maybe it had more beads..LOL!

  4. Love your posts. Thanks for the info on the purse charms. Here’s a photo of my kitty. Nothing like a cat to love.

  5. These would work great for zipper pulls as well as just being decorative.