Monday, August 9, 2010

Fabric Bead Necklace

Rebecca and Maggie's mom gave us a big bag of marbles assuming we'd be able to come up with something creative to do with them. We have been stumped for a while now! But a couple days ago inspiration struck, and we decided to make a Fabric Bead Necklace, using marbles instead of beads!
What you need:
  • large or medium beads (or in our case, large marbles!)
  • fabric
  • embroidery floss
Cut a strip of fabric about the length you want your finished necklace to be, with extra for tying around your neck. Make sure it is wide enough to wrap around your beads with a little extra for a seam allowance. Fold it in half, right sides together, and sew the length of it to make the casing for your necklace.

Turn your casing inside out and drop your first bead inside it. wrap a piece of embroidery floss around the base of the bead a few times then knot it. Add another bead, tie more floss, and continue until your necklace is complete!
Now you have a stylish necklace that cost you almost nothing to make! The nice part about this project is that you can customize it any way you'd like. You can add embellishments like the flowers on this fabric necklace or make a bracelet instead!
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13 comments:

  1. Great idea! You gals are amazing! Thanks!

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  2. Love the fabric necklace look. I've seen them around and always wanted to give it a try....thanks for the tutoril!!!

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  3. well done...does it tie in the back or did you sew it closed?

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  4. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing. They would make great Christmas gifts using Christmas fabric. ~~Sherry~~

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  5. Loving all the fabric necklaces that are around at the moment, have been looking for a similar project to try out myself, thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

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  6. I know this post is ancient, but I just found your blog (loving it!) I've made similar necklaces using old neckties and wide wooden beads. One bead inside/one bead outside makes a pretty pattern (depending on your bead color), or I've tied a knot between each bead instead of using string in the past.

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