"Connecting the kindness of others with the courage of the children and families we support through Beads of Courage Programs"

Guidelines for Bead Bags:

Click HERE to request Bead Bag Labels

Click HERE for to download printable instructions

Once you are ready to send in your donation, please complete,print and mail this Bead Bag Donation Form  your bags so that we may appropriately thank you for your generous support of the mission of Beads of Courage-Canada. 

Supplies needed:

100% cotton only (no flannel) for boys and girls, ages young to teens.

.3 meter for outside bag

.3 meter for inside bag (coordinating fabric)                                        

1.3 meters Cording: narrow 100% polyester knit cord (avail @ Fabricland)

“Beads of Courage” labels



Front side: Cut 1 piece of fabric  11” X 13 ¾”

Back Side:  Cut 1 piece of fabric 11” X 13 ¾” same as front side fabric or coordinating fabric to the front.


To assemble:

On “front” outer bag piece stitch “Beads of Courage” label on using blanket stitch. Place ~ 2” in from right side seam and 3 ½ ” up from bottom of bag.

With right sides together stitch 2 pieces (front and back) together using a 3/8” seam allowance leaving a ¾” opening on both side seams close to top of bag. Before stitching seam allowance mark with a pin the opening 1 ¾” and 2 ½” down from top of bag. Important to Backstitch at both top and bottom of bag on seam allow. and @ ¾” opening. Opening is for the drawstring.

Press side seams open.


INSIDE BAG (lining):

Cut:     2 pieces of coordinating fabric   11” X 13 ¾”

Stitch: 2 pieces together using a 3/8” seam allowance. Backstitch at top and bottom of bag on seam allowance.

Press side seams open.


Putting bag together:

Put right sides of tubes together matching side seams. Stitch around TOP of bag at ¼”.

****Take note where label is and make sure stitching around top of bag.

Now turn so wrong sides together and press around top.

Keeping the bag right side out lay flat and line up the bottom edges.

CHECK: Trim the bottom of bag (if there has been any shift in the fabric) so cut edges are even.

Stitch across and through all 4 layers at 1/8” seam allowance. Make sure you are catching all 4 layers.


Now turn the bag wrong side out and stitch again across the bottom of bag with a ¼” seam allowance. (use a tight stitch length) The 1/8” seam allowance will be sandwiched between layers. This is called a French seam. All raw edges will be enclosed now.



Turn bag right side out and press. Stitch all around bag through both layers of fabric 1 ½” from top and then again 2 ¼” from top. This will create the slot/casing for the drawstring cords.



Cut: 1.3 meters of preferred color of cord.  Cut the cord in 1/2 to have 2 pieces measuring ~ 24”.

Using a big eyed needle thread one piece of cord through the RIGHT slot (opening on seam allowance) all the way around and back out the “same” RIGHT slot.

Melt the cord ends with a flame (match) to secure cord from unraveling. Now tie the two ends in a big knot so knot is at the very end.

Do the same as above for the LEFT slot.

Your Bead bag is now complete to gift to a child in the Beads of Courage Program. Thank you for your handmade work of art that becomes the home of a child’s Beads of Courage collection. Thank you for having the courage to care. 


A special thank you to Carol Raymond for these instructions, we are truly honoured to have an incredible artist community to support these amazing kids and their families.