Fabric Covered Necklace – Take 2 – a TUTORIAL
July 30, 2010 by robiedodson
I have always LOVED these necklaces – I think they’re so fun and dainty and still sort of….dare I say it….Powerful!
I created one back in the spring, but I just couldn’t find wooden beads of a large enough scale to get it to look…Powerful. I never wore the one I made earlier, but I’m feeling like I will be making and wearing many of these new ones!
Here is Take 1:
cute...but definitely not "smashing!"
Here is Take 2:
See the difference?
For the How-To….
wooden beads – i like the 1″ size, you can find at Hobby Lobby in the wood working section.
fabric strip cut very long and 3.5″ wide
sewing machine …if you don’t know how to sew, remember I can teach you!
wooden beads - buy at half-off sale so they're only 75 cents!
cut your strip of fabric.
fold in half, right sides together, and sew your strip closed with a tight stitch - about 2.5 stitch length.
to turn your tube right side out, take a large safety pin and insert it at the top of the tube...
...then puch head of safety pin down in the tube...
....then you'll just keep inching the safety pin further and further down the tube, pushing the excess out the other side, and eventually you'll have reversed your tube to be RIGHT SIDE OUT! yay
Tie a know in the center of your strip, then insert the first wooden bead into the tube, and squish it all the way down to the knot.
You're almost done!!!
I used 6 beads, but you can make yours as long or short as you want. When you've finished inserting all the beads, determine how long you want the strands, then sew the tube shut at both ends. Then, put on a killer dress or Tshirt, and show it off around town!
I love the big, dramatic bow and long strips in the back. I think that will be fabulous with a Tshirt!
Time: it took me a while to figure out how wide to cut the strap, but once I got that figured out, the necklace only took about 20 minutes to make.
Cost:….. 75 CENTS! Isn’t that hilarious!
I dare you to make some and share with me the end results!