Looking for a unique craft or gift to make a friend?  Try this quick and easy no-sew talisman.

Despite my mom’s best efforts I didn’t really take to sewing – machine or (especially) hand sewing!  So I am super excited that I’ve found Beacon Adhesives super fast, quick dry Fabric glue (Fabri-Tac).  Now those cute “sewing” projects are a breeze as I can use this instead, yippee!  Sewing crafts without one inch of thread…lol.

For this project I thought I’d combine my love of Japanese fabrics, good luck charms and NOT sewing to create these talisman and/or amulets for you.  They really are super easy and you can either hang them around the home or around your neck.  Alternatively, you could forget adding a cord and they can be popped in a drawer or under the bed.  The choice is yours.

So what is an amulet or talisman I hear you ask?!  An amulet is said to hold the power to protect its owner from danger or harm.  Talismans on the other hand are different from amulets.  The talisman is believed to bring luck or some other benefit to those hold it.

Throughout the ages many cultures have believed in the protective or healing power of amulets.

Talismans can be carried or worn on the body, hung upon or above the bed or around the home.  Whether you see this as an amulet or a talisman they are both seen as magic charms and as such they can also be filled with stones, herbs or other magical things.  The one I am making here could also be filled with something precious and used as a small pouch or even as a pretty lavender bag in your drawers.

Let’s start with what you need to make your talisman:

  • Fabri-tac
  • Fabric squares (I used 5 inch squares of vintage kimono fabric I found on etsy)
  • Fabric ribbons
  • Leather cord (or beads or a chain if your prefer)

What is optional or suggested:

  • Tassels
  • Miniature bells
  • Shell (or other) beads
  • Mini pom poms
  • Jewellery wire
  • Pliers & scissors
  • Any other decorative pieces you love

The first thing I did was lay out the fabric squares and match them to the tassels and other decorative pieces I thought went well with that piece of fabric.  I found myself thinking of different friends as I went and colors and combo’s they like.

TIP: Keep a pair of scissors handy to cut off any fraying on the fabric square

Pick a square & let’s begin

Fold one side over 1/2 inch, iron & glue

Fold, iron & glue the opposite side over 1/2 inch

Fold, iron & glue the bottom up 1/2 inch (1 side remains unfolded)

Fold the 2 opposite (pre-folded) sides and glue together (including the bottom

You now have a pouch, you can fill this with herbs, lavender, crystals etc at this point

Lay the pouch flat and put the thread across the upper 3rd

Fold the smaller third over the cord, iron and glue

Next prepare the fabric ribbon we will wrap around this join, first cut a small piece of jewellery wire

Thread on a tassel, pom pom, small bell or other decorative item

Then thread the wire through the ribbon

Twist & cut off any excess

Lay the decorated portion of ribbon on the side of the pouch where there is no join and flip over to make the ribbon join on the side with the “flap”

When flipped over, align the ribbon to cover the flap edges or fabric join

Glue the ribbon down

The ribbon should cover the join

Flip it back over and you have the talisman pouch

If you want to use this as a necklace, the next step is adding a squeeze clasp

and it’s connector

Or alternatively use beads instead of leather cord

You can change the design in so many ways, change the ribbon, add different decorative pieces

A shell bead

A mini frame & even a photo

Multiple ribbons & brass shapes


I hope you have fun making yourself a talisman.  You can use bits & pieces you find at home or buy something special just for the talisman.  The one and only thing you need is your Fabri-tac!

I am Beacon Maker, this post is NOT sponsored but I do receive Beacon products to use in my crafts, all opinions and experiences are my own.

Some of the talismans and amulets I have collected & have hanging at home