Fabric covered beaded necklaces have been around for a long time. I remember making one in Girl Scouts when I was a kid. For this reason, I wasn’t really big on the idea of actually wearing one as an adult. Then I saw this adorable bracelet from Hannah Handmade! I considered making a bracelet, but I really like statement necklaces. I also found this tutorial for a fabric covered beaded bracelet by Goody-Goody Handmade in my awesome sewing calendar. I decided to combine my favorite parts of both bracelets to come up with my own design! The best part about this project was that I had everything I needed on hand and it was easy enough that I could wear the necklace the next day!
- Beaded costume jewelry (the beads are easier to work with if they are already attached in a string – mine are about 3/4″ in diameter)
- Embroidery Floss
- 30″ of ribbon
- Two 3″ segments of ribbon to cover the fabric/ribbon connection
- Sewing Machine
- Hot glue gun (or another type of fabric glue, if you prefer)
- Fray check (optional)
- Measure your fabric against your beads. The fabric should be wide enough to surround your beads plus 1/2″-3/4″ for wiggle room and the seam. The fabric should be long enough to cover your length of beads plus several inches. My bead string is about 12″ long and my fabric was about 20″ long. I had some fabric leftover, but I wanted to make sure I had enough.
- Once you have cut out your fabric strip, fold it in half lengthwise with right sides facing in. Sew a 1/4″ seam down the long side of the fabric. Turn this tube inside out.
- Feed the bead string through one end of the fabric tube.
- Use the embroidery floss to tie a knot in between one set of beads. Wrap the floss around the knot several times and then tie a second knot to secure it. I started in the middle of the bead string and the middle of the fabric to make sure I had equal amounts of fabric at either end.
- Once you have finished tie all the beads in place, trim the excess fabric at each end down to about 1″.
- Cut the ribbon so that you have one piece that is about 20″ long and another that is about 10″ long. Use glue to attach one end of each piece of ribbon to one end of the fabric.
- Glue the ends of the 3″ pieces of ribbon down to prevent fraying. If you are using hot glue, use as little as possible for this step as the glue does not allow for much flexibility. I was in a hurry to finish this project for the next day, so I did not want to wait for another type of glue to dry.
- Wrap the ribbon segments around the messy ends of fabric and ribbon and use glue to secure.
- Tie a bow with the two lengths of ribbon close to one end of the necklace. Trim any excess ribbon. Be sure to cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying. Fray check can be applied at this point, but I didn’t have any on hand.
- The finished necklace should be big enough to slip over your head. Therefore, if you want to secure the bow with glue or thread, feel free!
- Wear the necklace and admire your handiwork!
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As promised here is the birthday hat I made for my nephew! It is a simple cone design that can can be customized with shapes, numbers, and a super fun pom-pom! I chose polka dots to match his birthday banner!
- Stiff felt
- Scraps of soft felt
- Hot glue gun
- Fabric marker
- Cut a length of stiff felt about 6-1/2″ x 12″. This size can be larger for an older kid or adult if preferred.
- Pinch the middle of one of the twelve inch sides of felt and roll the felt into a cone. Be careful not to crease the felt too much. Apply hot glue where the two edges overlap.
- Use a ruler to measure the length from the tip of the cone to the shortest point on the side. This should be about 6″. Use the marker and the ruler to place marks around the bottom of the cone to satisfy your measurement. Cut around the cone following the marks until the bottom of the cone is even all the way around.
- Cut a length of ribbon so that it will be long enough to tie in a bow under the child’s chin. With the seam in the back of the hat, glue one end of the ribbon on the outside of one side of the cone. Repeat this process with the other end of the ribbon. Make sure these two ends are directly across from each other. Cut the middle of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.
- Cut a strip of felt in a complimentary color about 1″ wide (to cover up the ribbon ends from step 4). Make sure this strip is long enough to surround the entire bottom edge of the cone. Glue the strip to the bottom edge of the cone.
- Cut out a birthday number or other shapes in different colors and use the glue to decorate the hat.
- Apply a large spot of hot glue to the tip of the hat and hold the pom-pom in place until the glue sets.
- You’re all finished! Let the celebrations begin!
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Ah! The Moebius scarf! This is a really fun scarf as it is knitted using circular needles and contains a twist as shown in this picture. The scarf isn’t the point of this post though. Therefore, I am not going to include instructions. If you really want to make one (which I highly recommend), you can find the pattern in this book by Cat Bordhi.
The purpose of this post is the yarn! In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s share the love! Of course you should focus on your loved ones on a day like today, but why not share the love around the world too?
My mom recently took me to a yarn shop in Bel Air, MD called Ewenique Yarns to pick out a yarn for this scarf. Knowing how much I love all things fair trade and globally conscious, she pointed me in the direction of a basket of gorgeous yarns made by Manos. My limited spanish vocabulary allows me to translate the word “manos” to “hands”, which is a very appropriate title considering that everything made by this cooperative is handcrafted.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of fair trade, here’s a crash course. Unfortunately, much of the stuff you buy in stores today isn’t made in the U.S. Importing companies buy it from factories across the world. Far too often, the workers in these factories work long hours in poor conditions for ridiculously tiny wages. Sweatshops. Cooperatives pop up in different locations around the world and export the goods of local artisans for a fair price. They offer local people jobs, decent wages, and dignity.
This particular co-op has been around since the 60’s, employs 350 artisans, and offers their employees benefits like health insurance and even maternity leave! I LOVE the fact that my yarn was hand-dyed by a woman named Karen in Uruguay, who will be able to feed her family tonight because of this organization. Just look at how gorgeous these colors are!
I promise to get off my soapbox, but not before sending some words of gratitude out into cyberspace.
Thank you, Karen. I love my yarn.