Photo of Shira



PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

Dangling Paillette
or Faux Coin Edging


This is a beautiful way to decorate:

  • The short ends of a head scarf
  • The edge of a veil
  • The bottom edge of a skirt

This method was used to decorate the short ends of the scarf Shira is wearing in the photo to the right.

For a more earthy look, lightweight faux coins made of stamped aluminum can be used instead of the paillettes, and metallic seed beads instead of rocaille beads. Real coins would be too heavy for most garments.

Top photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California and his snake Alice. Click on either image to see more detail.

Photo of Scarf Being Worn

Close-Up Photo of Dangling Paillette Edging



Supplies Required

  • Rocaille Beads or Seed Beeds. Size 8 or 10 (this is the size sold in the plastic packages labelled as rocaille or seed beads). Look for these in craft stores such as Michael's, or the craft departments of fabric stores. They're also sold in stores that specialize in supplies for making beaded jewelry.
  • Thin Needle. It needs to fit through those tiny beads! Special beading needles are available which are ideal for this.
  • Thread. Any thread will do, but for strength the nylon beading thread called filo is recommended. It can be found in craft stores and beading supply shops.
  • Beeswax.This is optional. Its purpose is to prevent the thread from tangling and knotting. People who don't sew very much may find it helpful to use this because it makes the thread easier to manage. It is sold in the "Notions" department of fabric stores.
  • Paillettes or Faux Stamped Alumnium Coins. The size of a nickel works well for a first project, though paillettes come in many interesting sizes and shapes that can be fun to try.



Sewing the Trim

  • Knot the thread and draw through the edge of the fabric to the right side at one end of the item.
  • Thread two rocaille beads onto the needle.
  • Thread a paillette onto the needle.
  • Draw the beads up close to the fabric.
  • Run the needle back through the beads, going first through the bead closer to the paillette, then through the bead closer to the fabric. The thread will be visible at the top edge of the paillette.
  • Run the needle through the fabric to the wrong side, and take a tiny stitch to anchor it in place.
  • Repeat this process until all desired portions of the edge have been covered.
  • Take a couple of extra tiny stitches on the end, and anchor the thread with a knot.

Making Dangling Paillette Trim

Drawing of Trim



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