Monday, September 6, 2010

Fabric Necklace & Matching ring

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Ive been seeing these fabric necklaces all over the internet. They are so cute. I was itching to make something cute yesterday. So I decided I wanted to try making one for myself with what I already had on hand. So I raided my craft room and this is what I used.

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Supplies:
Fabric of choice
Cheap party beaded necklace
Ribbon of choice
circle cookie cutter
scissors
needle and thread
faux pearls


I knew I had seen some tutorials on how to make these a few months ago.. I thought I book marked them, but I couldnt find them! And I didnt feel like searching all over the blog world to find a tutorial.. so I just decided they couldnt be THAT hard to make with out a tutorial. Even though I believe I did pretty good.. Im wondering if I could have done it any simpler way... ? Anyways.. here is what I did:


Started by cutting the bead necklace (wished I had one with bigger beads)
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Then lay them out on the fabric. I cut it about an inch or 2 wide to wrap around and left about 2 inches extra length as well... just in case. Since this was trial and error I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric!
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I started wrapping up the beads at the top. I knew I wouldnt be able to keep the whole necklace wrapped as I went. So I just kept the top part I was working on wrapped and then continued to wrap as I worked.
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I used the needle and some thick thread. I stuck the needle in, pulled out and wraped around twice. Then made a loop knot to keep it tight and secure.
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To go on to the next bead (since I didnt want the extra thread showing) I stuck the needle under the fabric until it came out to where I needed to wrap the next bead.
And followed the same steps as above. Pulled the thread out and wraped around twice then securing that bead with a loop knot.
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I did this all the way to the end. I was a good thing I had extra fabric, length wise. Because as I was securing the beads I pulled just a smidgen extra fabric to make the beads seem bigger. Because I did that, I came to the end of the necklace.. or really the end of the fabric and there was still beads showing!
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It wasnt to much.. so I just snipped it off and took the two ends and roughly sewed them together.
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It didnt have to be perfect..I already knew I was going to add something to that spot..so I wasnt worried.
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And there it is all wrapped up.
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Next was adding on the detail:

I wanted to make a little "yo-yo" flower: These come out so small, so you need to use a BIG circle if you want a decent size. So I used the biggest circle cookie cutter I had. Set the pen against it and traced outward to make it bgger, yet still have a good circle shape!
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I recommend using a pencil or something a lot lighter.. cause the purple did show through a lot.
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You will use the needle and thread again.. just start loosely threading it around the edges of the circle. It doesnt have to be perfect. :)
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Once you get all the way around the circle, hold the fabric and pull the string tight all the way through!
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And this is what you have. Cute right? Now stick the needle through the center and pull out the back.
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Tie a little knot there to secure.
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Then you can sew or hot glue on your center.. I used a faux pearl. And it looks adorable. I sewed it on.. but I think im going to also add hot glue... so I can tuck in the center a little more so the purple doesnt show at all!
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Next, making the tie of the necklace. (of course you could just leave the necklace as is.. and just add the yo yo flower, but I wanted a certain double necklace look.. so this is what I did)

Using the ribbon, I pulled it around my neck to test for length. After you get it to the length you want. Cut it about 4 inched longer that that. This is for the bow you will tie in the back!
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Figure out how you want to layer your necklace.. then sew the ends on:
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I made sure to sew over where I connected the bead/fabric ends.
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Then you add the flower. I sewed it on.. but you can also use hot glue.
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And there you have the complete necklace!
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I also made a cute ring to match. This was because I had used that same circle cookie cutter, and traced its exact size! And it was just too small! I decided I still wanted to use it.. it was just too cute!
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All I did to make it a ring, was use some old nylons, that had a hole in them. I cut a small length to wrap around my finger. Then sewed it together to the yo yo. And it worked perfectly. Its stretchy so it fits all of my fingers.
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And here is the matching set together. They arent perfect, but I really like how they turned out. Pretty good for my first attempt at making them.
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I'll Be linking up to these great parties!!

4 comments:

  1. Cute! Thanks for the detailed pics and tutorial.

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  2. Very cute! I love the black and white fabric and your ring came out great! I'm gonna have to try that. I'll be following you. www.billiemonster.com

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  3. Cute stuff you remind me of my daughter Holley. So talented. God Bless You! And Yours!

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