I was flipping through a magazine recently and stumbled across a pearl and velvet ribbon necklace. I absolutely loved the look of it, but not the price tag. As I sat staring at this fun little necklace, an idea hit me. I could take the concept of the wavy necklace, and turn it into something that would work for me.
By using remnant fabric and cheap beads, I made a fun necklace perfect for adding a pop of color to your t-shirt and jeans – while showcasing some of your favorite fabric leftovers! Once the necklace was completed, I started playing around with it and realized that I could wear this accessory in so many other ways.
Here are the 4 ways I found that worked for me: a necklace, headband, messy hair bun wrap, and bracelet. I am sure there are many other things someone way more fashionable and creative than me can think of, but this will at least get you started :). The 4 in 1 fabric and bead accessory makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the teenager in your life…or big kid like me, as I find I keep wearing it as a bracelet.
If you plan on making this as a gift, there is a printable tag at the bottom that you can use to let your loved one know all of the cool ways they can use it!
4 in 1 // Fabric + Bead Accessory
4 in 1 || Fabric & Bead Accessory DIY
- Time needed: 20 minutes
- Skill level: Beginner
- String of beads
- Needle and thread
- 2″ wide x 70″ long strip of fabric (can be sewn together)
- Basic sewing essentials
- Gather supplies as needed.
- Cut strip of fabric 2″ wide x 70″ long. If needed, you can cut (2) 2″ wide strips and sew them together in the middle.
- Fold strip in half, right sides together, matching up the long outer edge. Pin and sew.
- Use a safety pin or fabric turner to turn tube right side out. Press.
- Locate the middle of your fabric. Fold in half. Insert needle and thread 1/2″ down from the folded edge and pull through to secure.
- Thread a bead onto your needle and pull bead next to fabric. On opposite side of bead, make another fabric fold and thread needle through the fold 1/2″ down. Pull tight, and pinch with your fingers to hold in place.
- Continue repeating this process until you reach 9.5″ in length with your beads.
- Once finished, thread the needle all the way through the middle of the beads to the other side of the necklace for reinforcing. (To do this, you will need to thread the needle through a few beads at a time.) Once you reach the other side, pull thread tight, knot and clip threads to finish.
- Measure the ends of each side of the necklace and cut so that they are even. Fold over the raw edges of the fabric 1/4″, and 1/4″ again to enclose raw edges. Pin in place and sew to secure.
And you are finished!
IF USING AS A GIFT, PRINT THIS:
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. – Proverbs 31: 24-25