Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fabric Necklaces

I'm thinking about trying these at Eve's next sleepover.


I am ready for Spring and warm weather! As I was checking out blogs a few weeks ago, I spotted a cute idea at Creature Comforts. It got my mind thinking about Spring and making some cute necklaces that would jazz up a plain Spring t-shirt.

So I got out my fabric scraps and went to work.Of course I had to try making one with burlap. I used an old t-shirt and backed the burlap with the soft material so it wouldn't be itchy.

Nautical - very Springish!

There is a great tutorial on Creature Comforts. I changed a few things; here is what I did:


Jewelry wire (flexible)
needle-nose pliers and jewelry pliers
scraps of material
Embellishments -- buttons, brooches, lace, whatever you dream up!
thin jewelry chain
lobster clasp
jump rings ( 4 per necklace)
  • Cut about 10 inches of jewelry wire
  • Make a loop at one end of the wire using your needle-nose and regular pliers. If you need instructions on how to do this -- click HERE. Set the wire aside.
  • Cut a length of fabric approximately 5-6 inches in width and about 16 inches in length. {this depends on how wide you would like you necklace and how ruffly. 16 inches in length will be quite ruffly. You can always cut a little off your length -- so overestimate}
  • There are 2 ways I made the fabric parts of the necklaces. One, I folded the material over so the ends met and sewed a straight line about 1/4 under the fold.
  • The second is a little trickier -- Get your iron out. Iron a small seam -- 1/4 inch on both sides of the length of your fabric. You want the ends to fold in toward the wrong side of the fabric. Then fold the seams toward each other and iron the material down the length of the fabric. Your material should be right side out on both sides.Then sew a straight stitch down the edge of the length of the material to close up the seams you just made. This will keep the raw edges from unraveling.
  • Now make another straight stitch about 1/4 inch under the stitch you just made. This will make an opening in the material that you can thread your wire through. 
  • Now thread your wire through the opening -- using the unfinished side of the wire through the opening.
  • Once you have threaded the wire through, you will be able to see how ruffly the necklace is going to look. You can trim some of the material off if you want a less ruffly look. Scrunch the material down a little and make another loop on the other end of the wire just as you did at the beginning. 
  • Add jump rings to each side of the loops. 
  • Attach about 6 inches of fine chain to each of the jump rings on each side of the necklace. 
  • Attach a jump ring to each of the other side of the chain at the top of the necklace and attach your lobster clasp.
  • Now you can add your embellishments. On some of the necklaces I hot glued ribbon to cover up the seam at the top. Then I made flowers out of some alternating material and added scrapbooking embellishments or brooches.