Fabric Beaded Necklace

By on December 18, 2011

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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.)

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1. Make Your Beads

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt

3/4 cup water

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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8. Cut and Burn Ribbon
Cut your ribbon end at a diagonal and then burn with a flame to ensure it won’t unravel.
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You are finished!

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