Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fabric Bead Necklace Tutorial with Samantha Walker's Roundup Fabric!

Today I would like to share with you an easy way to make a fabric necklace. So, I saw these cute necklaces floating around on Pinterest and I wanted to give them a try.  What better way to use some of Samantha's cute fabric...Roundup from Riley Blake Designs!

So, lets get started.  This is what you will need:
Strips of 3" x 60" fabric (I used Samantha's Roundup Fabric).  A bag marbles or in my case I used beads like these.  As you can see, there are a few different sizes, making it easy to use different sized beads in my necklaces.  You will also need a needle and thread and your sewing machine.

 Have your strips cut and ready.  If your fabric is not long enough (meaning 60 inches) then sew part of another strip together to get your length to 60 inches.  Fold your strip in half, so now it's 1.5" x 60".  You will want to fold in so the pattern is facing inside.  Start with your needle at the folded side and sew a half moon shape to the open edge of the fabric.  Make sure you back stitch so your stitching doesn't come apart.  Sew all the way down your fabric leaving  a 1/4" seam allowance. 

 Stop at 6" inches away from the end and back stitch.  Leave a 3"-4" gap open and then start stitching again, making sure you are back stitching as well.

Go all the  way down to the end and finish it off the same way you started.  This is what it should look like.

Cut the excess off both ends.

Now, turn your fabric right side out.  Since this is such a long piece of fabric, it may take you a little while.

Here is a look at my strip when it is all turned right side out.  Make sure you iron the seam of your strip.

Make your first knot, leaving at least 10" at the end.  Choose the end that doesn't have your bead opening.

Insert your first bead or marble and push it all the way to the end until you get to your first knot.

Make sure it is snug against the knot. Twist the fabric a little before tying the second knot.  This will make your knot tighter.

Repeat over and over until you get to the other end, leaving another 10" at the end.

Stitch up your opening.

Look what you have!  Isn't that fun and so easy?  Even non sewers can do this and I am pretty much in that non sewer category.  I can do the easy stuff :)

I made 3 of these, using different sized beads.  So cute and simple!

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will give this a try.  Make sure you stop by Samantha's Blog to see all of the fun projects created by the design team. There is so much inspiration you can find on her blog!

1 comment:

Allie Gower said...

So cute!
I love this and have a lot of old beads that I could use. Thanks for all the great pics walking us through it.