Friday, August 19, 2011

DIY Fabric Bead Necklace

Here's a fun DIY project for your weekend: A fabric and bead necklace. It's easy to make an it's a great summer accessory. To make the necklace above, you will need the following supplies:

1 piece of thin fabric measuring 5" x 44"
2 1-inch wooden beads
3 1.25-inch wooden beads
thread
sewing machine

 Step 1: Hem each of the short ends of your length of fabric.

Step 2: You will sew the length of fabric into a tube with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Place one of your larger balls in the fabric to measure how narrow you should sew your tube.

 Step 3: Pin the length of the fabric and then sew it.

 Step 4: Pin a safety pin to one end of the tube; you will use this to turn the tube of fabric right side out.

Step 5: Start pushing the safety pin throught he fabric tube until it comes through the opposite side and keep pulling until the tube is fully reversed.

 Step 6: Place one of the 1.25-inch beads into the fabric tube.

 Step 7: Push the wooden bead until it reaches the center of the fabric tube.

Step 8: Tie tight knots on either side of the bead.
Step 9: Put a 1.25-inch bead in each side of the tube (on either side of the first bead) and tie knots to keep them in place.
Step 10: Put a 1.25-inch bead in each side of the tube (on either side of the three 1.25-inch beads) and tie knots to keep them in place.
Step 11: Sew the two ends of the fabric tube together.

3 comments:

Tim Fenton said...

"Place one of your larger balls in the fabric to measure how narrow you should sew your tube."

Are you kidding?

Diana said...

That's really cool, Laura! How do you tie it up? I have all this necklace making equipment and don't know how to do the clasp!! You are sooooooooooooo creative!!!!

Laura Fenton said...

Aw, thanks. I just stitched the two ends shut by hand.

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