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 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!
Is your dog’s collar looking a little tired and worn? Perhaps you’re just bored of looking at the same collar day after day? Maybe you can’t find a collar at the store that suits your pooch’s personality? I was surprised just how easy it was to make one. I hope you will be too! This is a revised version. My sewing mentor (my mom) suggested I use interfacing in the collar to make it stronger, so I have changed the instructions to reflect this addition.
- an old adjustable collar
- fun fabric
- fusible interfacing
- sewing machine
- Begin by measuring the width of your current collar and the circumference of your pup’s neck. Now, you need to measure out the fabric. The width of your fabric needs to be 4x the width of your current collar. For instance, my collar is 5/8″, so I cut the fabric to be 2-1/2″ wide. The length of your fabric needs to be at least 8″ longer than the circumference of your dog’s neck. This measurement does not need to be exact because the collar is adjustable. When you have figured out the dimensions, cut your fabric. Cut a piece of interfacing to the same size as the fabric.
- Following the directions for the interfacing, iron the interfacing to the back side of the fabric.
- Fold the ends in about 1/4″ and iron. Make sure right sides are out.
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides facing out and press.
- Open the most recent step and fold the edges in to meet the middle crease. Iron.
- Repress the middle crease with the edges still folded in.
- Sew an 1/8″ seam down each side of the fabric lengthwise.
- Cut the current fabric off your old collar, but keep all the pieces. You should have four pieces of plastic and a metal ring left. Two of the pieces clip together. One adjusts the size of the collar once it is on the dog. The fourth piece is a small plastic band and holds the collar in place (your collar may or may not include this piece). The metal piece is a D-ring to hold your dog tags.
- If you look at the adjuster from the side, it should have a flat bottom and a rounded top. Feed the fabric up through one of the slits starting on the flat bottom. Continue to feed the fabric down through the second slit in the rounded top and out again through the flat bottom.
- Pin the tail of the fabric to the rest of the fabric and sew firmly in place. Sew over the same place a few times to make sure the fabric is firmly attached.
- Thread the fabric through the plastic band (if you have one), one side of the clip, and back through the plastic band. Make sure all plastic pieces will follow the contours of your dogs neck (all rounded edges face out).
- Feed the fabric through the adjuster piece in the same manner as before.
- Thread the fabric through the metal D-ring and the second piece of the clip.
- Pin the tail to the fabric before and after the D-ring. Sew the tail down firmly in both places.
- Allow your pooch to show off their newest accessory!