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

Thank you for your interest and support of the Beads of Courage Bead Bag Program. We are truly honoured to have your support through the giving of your time and talents to further the mission of Beads of Courage-Canada. 

At this time, we have been abundantly blessed with an adequate supply of Bead Bags for our hospital and mail program. We have decided to pause donations to our Bead Bag program until January 2022. 

Please complete this form if you would like to be put on the notification list when we open the program up for donations again. 

Guidelines for Bead Bags (as of October 2021):

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 (no flannel) for boys and girls, ages newborn to teens.
    • .3 meter for outside of bag 
    • cut into 2 pieces of fabric 10 ½” x 13” for front and back of bag
  • .3 meter for inside of bag (coordinating fabric)
    • cut into 2 pieces of fabric 10 ½” x 13” or 1 piece of fabric 20 ½” x 13”
  • 1.3 meters cording: narrow 100% polyester knit (no ribbon or cotton twist) 
    • cut into 2 equal length pieces appx. ~24” each
    • Cording can be found at Michaels

Cording Notes 

16’ would make 4 bags  

21’ would make 10 bags 

100’ would make 25-26 bags

  • “Beads of Courage Bead Bag” labels


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 mark, with a pin at the seam allowance, the opening for the draw string 1 ¾” and 2 ½’ down from the top of the bag.  Stitch front and back 2 pieces together using ¼” seam allowance, backstitching at both top and bottom of bag and at top and bottom of opening.   Press seams open.


With right sides together stitch ¼” seam allowance, backstitching at both top and bottom of seam allowance.  Press seams open.

Putting bag together:

Put right sides of outside and inside of bag together.  Do not match side seams of the outside and inside of bag as it makes the seams too thick when making the French seam on the bottom of the bag.  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.  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 ¼” seam allowance using 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.


Please note that ribbon and cotton twist cord are not acceptable as they do not hold up for the constant use of these bags and must be removed before distribution.  We ask that you use the correct cording. 

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

Melt the cord ends with a flame (match) to secure cord from unraveling.

Using a big eyed needle thread 1 piece of cord through the RIGHT slot opening on seam allowance all the way around and back out the “same” RIGHT slot.  Tie the two ends in a big knot so knot is at the very end.  Do the same 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.