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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As a student, substitute teacher, and tutor, my schedule is all over the place and regularly getting worse. After forgetting about a reading for a class, I finally decided I needed a day planner. The selection I found at the store was really less than desirable – tiny spaces to write in, too much extra stuff (I really have no need to carry around an address book with me), or super boring covers. Then I found this one…for $1.38!!! Boring cover aside, it has everything I require (without any extras)! So, I decided to make my own cover! I bought this fabric a while ago and have been looking for the perfect project for it. Yes, it is void of color, but it has a lot of character and I love it!
- A book in need of a cover
- Embellishments (ribbons, buttons, sequins…use your imagination!)
- Sewing machine
- The first thing you need to do is test the flexibility of your book’s spine. The measurements for the inside flaps will depend on this flexibility. Open the front and back cover as far as they will go (be careful not to hurt the spine). If the covers come close to touching in the back, you can cover the entire inside of your covers. If not, you probably only want to cover half of the inside to allow you to get the finished cover on the book. My book is spiral bound (a lot of flexibility) so I chose to cover the entire inside.
- Next, you need to measure the book to determine the amount of fabric you need. Measure from top edge to the bottom edge of the front cover to get your height. Measure the inside of the cover to the point you want the fabric cover to stop. Multiply this measurement by two (for the front and back covers). Close the book and measure from the side edge of the front cover around the spine and to the side edge of the back cover. Add this measurement to the measurement for the inside of the front and back covers and you get your width. Add 2-1/4″ to 2-1/2″ to both the height and the width measurements. If your book has relatively thick covers, you probably want to lean towards the 2-1/2″ side.
- Use these measurements to cut out your fabric.
- Fold 1″ down on each side with right sides out and press. Repeat with the top and bottom. Fold the sides over to your measurement for the front and back inside covers and press.
- Now that you have an idea of what the outside of the cover is going to look like, its time to embellish! I will continue my directions to include a ribbon as shown in my top picture. This ribbon actually starts on one inside cover and continues around the book to the other inside cover, but you may choose to only decorate the front of your book if you want.
- Unfold all pressed edges. Pin the ribbon halfway between the top and bottom of the cover. Sew down both sides of the ribbon as close as you can get to the edge.
- Once you are finished embellishing, refold the side edges in along the 1″ line. Fold the inside covers over the outside covers with right sides together (this will go against the ironing you did earlier, but it is only temporary). Pin together along the top and bottom ironed creases.
- Sew along the top and bottom creases.
- Turn the cover sleeves right side out. Open the front and back covers just like you did in step #1 and slide the cover onto your book.
- You’re all done!