Tutorial : Fabric Necklace

This tutorial shows you a simple way of turning a small piece of georgette or chiffon into a really sweet little necklace. Floaty scarves and vintage hankies are also perfect for this. For this example I’ve chosen a really soft cotton lawn. I hardly ever wear jewellery but I love this sweet little design.

Tutorial : Fabric NecklaceAll you need to get started is your chosen fabric, a matching thread and some beads – preferably plain and wooden. Wooden beads have a nice weight to them and can be picked up in charity shops. They don’t have to be round, I like using little square beads. You can stitch this necklace by hand or by machine, if you use your machine then I would advise using a micro-textile needle which is specially designed for such lightweight fabrics. A loopturner is also a very handy tool to have and can be found in most haberdasheries.

Your strip of fabric needs to be big enough to sew into a tube around your beads. Make it wider than you need it so that it isn’t too fiddly to sew – you trim off the excess later. My beads are 8mm wide and my strip of fabric is the width of the fabric (from selvedge to selvedge which is 140cms) and 10cms across.

Put your beads to one side for now. Fold your strip of fabric in half lengthways, right sides together, and pin in place along the raw edges. Now sew all the way down, creating a tube. You can’t make your tube too big, but you can make it too small for your beads to fit down, so check before you start sewing.

Once you have sewn all the way down your strip of fabric, you need to trim off the excess fabric, cutting close but being careful not to snip through your stitches.

Now you need to turn your tube inside out. This is where the loopturner comes in handy! Push your loopturner all the way down through the tube of fabric, so that all of your fabric is sitting bunched up on the handle.

When the little head pokes out the other end of your tube you need to hook it over the top of your tube and make a small hole in the fabric below with the little arm. I sellotape my arm closed onto the hook so that there is no danger of it falling off halfway through! Then pull your tube the right way out.

Fold your tube in half and tie a granny knot at the halfway point.

Pop one of your beads in the end of your tube and push it all the way down to the knot. Then tie another granny knot on the other side, holding the bead securely in place. I like to tie my knots quite tightly but if you prefer them looser then that would look lovely too.

Then using this bead as your central point, pop more beads in each side, knotting after each one to complete your necklace. I tend to use larger beads at the bottom of the necklace and then use slightly smaller ones towards the top so that it graduates nicely.

When you have reached your desired amount of beads, simply tie the ends together at the top in a bow. For extra security just pop a few hand stitches through the bow in a coordinating colour thread. You can also hand stitch the ends if they are untidy. And your necklace is finished!

I also made one from a blue spotty georgette, which has a lovely subtle stripe through the weave that you only see when it is pulled tight across a bead.

I hope that you enjoy making some lovely necklaces from this tutorial, let me know how you get on!

If you fancy making your own fabric necklace then you can buy most of the supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!

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10 Responses to Tutorial : Fabric Necklace

  1. Such a cool idea! A little tip from a Cheery Chicken ~ if (like me) you don’t have one of those fabulous loopturners, you can use a safety pin instead. Just attach it to one end of the fabric then work it through the tube 🙂

  2. Zoe says:

    What a great idea! I’m making a summer skirt from some gorgeous fabric at the moment so will have to try this with the leftovers!

  3. ooo i want one of these they are oober cutesy and would fab with a cute summer frock

  4. sarah says:

    I found a great site it shows how to turn your scarves into tops. Go to http://thescarfboutique.co.uk/pages/How-to-tie-a-scarf.html and look at the top one. This definitely works. I used a 90 x 90 cms scarf. Looks amazing and means all those scarves I have now turn into designer tops which no one else wears. You can also with a larger scarf double it up to wrap around the front. Looks great on its own or with a jacket and feels amazing to wear. Hope this helps

  5. I have a necklace very similar to this I bought in a market in London, mine has smaller beads threaded over the fabric, in pace of your knots – just another idea/variation! Will definitely be giving yours a go 🙂

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