Monday, April 25, 2011

Fabric Beaded Necklace- Perfect Gift For Mothers Day

Are you looking for something to make your Mom, sister, or friend for Mothers Day? Here is a fun necklace that any lady is sure to enjoy!

For One Necklace You Will Need:

Ribbon 2- 1.5"X10" pieces
Hemp 1 - 20" long piece
Small Pearl Beads - 25
Fabric Strips Dig in your scrap pile and see what you can find! My strips were 3/8 inch wide.
Handmade Beads- I used 1 large bead and 4 small beads. (See recipe below. You will be able to make 8 necklaces from this recipe if your beads are the same size as mine.)

1. Make Your Beads
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup water

Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. I looked for household items to use as circle cookie cutter shapes (toys, cups, glue stick lid, etc.). You'll need two different sized circles for the beads: one shape for the outer circle, and one for the inner circle. Cut your beads and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Let cool for 5 minutes.

2. Cover Your Beads

Take your fabric strips wrap them around the beads. If the strip isn't long enough to cover the bead than use a little hot glue and end it and pick up with another strip where you left off. Once the bead is completely covered, use a little hot glue at the end of the fabric so that it doesn't unwind.

3. String Beads on Hemp

Take a long piece of hemp and string 25 small pearl beads on it. You will be cutting it but you don't waste much when you start with a long piece and then cut it close to the finished knot.

4. Tie Beads Together
Use the hemp pieces to link the fabric wrapped beads together. Each hemp tie should have 3 pearl beads in it. Don't tie your hemp to tight because you want your fabric beads to be able to move around and make a U shape.

5. Make a Loop on Both Ends
Make a 3 inch loop from the fabric bead to the knot (You'll need a 6 " length for the loop.) Do this to both sides of your necklace. These loops will have 5 pearl beads instead of 3.

6. Connect Ribbon to Hemp

Take your two 10" ribbon pieces and machine sew each to the hemp loops. Trim off any extra hemp length that extends past the stitches. Repeat on the other side.

7. Knot the Ends

To hide your stiching, tie a french knot covering the spot where hemp and ribbon are joined. Repeat this on the other side.

8. Cut and Burn Ribbon
Cut your ribbon end at a diagonal and then burn with a flame to ensure it won't unravel.

You are finished!

This would be just perfect gift for your Mom, paired with a cute skirt or shirt. How about for someone that has been a good role model for you or your kids (like a relative or friend)? To wrap, place the necklace in a cellophane bag with a bow and a thank you card. A message that you appreciate her example as a Mother would be welcomed by anyone. This gift would be a great way to make any "Mother" feel special!


Jodee said...

Love the beads! Cute idea!

amber @ barbwired said...

Very Creative!!! Great job!
amber @ barbwired

Shauntel said...

Jen I like this necklace. It is very you. I think it would be breat with a plain tee and jeans. Kind of snazz it up.

I didn't realize you made the beads. I think that would be fun for little girls too. Have you ever tried to paint the beads? Maybe with acrylic paint? I know Shyann would love to make her own necklace.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Too cute! I'm a new follower and featured this on my blog today!

Nikki ~ Let's Craft!! said...

Now that is cheaper than buying washers at the hardware store!!! LMAO.I am your newest follower! Hope you stop by to see me. Your blog is way too cute!!


Stacey - Elle Belle said...

Really love the ribbon ties!

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

Great idea to use salt dough to make the beads. This looks awesome.

Waseem said...

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shehbaz michael said...

Do you like to suggest some more ideas about fabric gifts?

Naila salman said...

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