Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fabric/Bead Necklace

Wow. I know I say this all the time, but seriously...IT. HAS. BEEN. CRAZY. I have literally had NO time, what-so-ever, to post! I have projects piled up, ready to go out, but haven't had a moment. The end of May is a ridiculously busy time of year for me. As a 5th grade teacher, by day, my team has had to plan a promotion ceremony and promotion dance. Plus, Cash's birthday is coming up, so I had to whip up some invites to send out, AND the hubz and I have been attacking that "honey do" list for the house. Yikes. The dance was last night (pics to come) and promotion will be Monday. Hopefully, I will be able to relax a bit and enjoy this late spring weather.

Ok, so on to today's post. I have been eying these types of necklaces since last summer/fall. It's about time I take action. :) Here we go.

What you need:
* Strips of material, about 2 inches wide. Fold in half and iron, so it's about 1 inch. (Or 1 inch ribbon.)
* beads (need to be about the width of your folded fabric.) I had this old necklace I picked up at a yard sale years ago. I took it apart, and used the creamy beads.
*string/ needle

What to do:
Ok, so you have your fabric cut into a long strip, folded, and ironed. ( You may need to have a second strip to attach later if your original fabric strip isn't super long....I did.)

*Leaving a few inches at the end, fold strip into two pleats and stitch through.

*Feed bead onto needle, and stitch through.

*Add two more pleats to the other end of the bead and stitch through. Then stitch back through both sets of pleats and the bead.

*Continue until you have the length you desire.

*If you have a super long strip, then you just tie off your ends. I had to cut another strip in half, then use those two pieces to knot my ends.
I wore my necklace this week, and my students complimented me on it. That's a good sign. :)

********GIVEAWAY COMING SOON!!!!!********


Unknown said...

I am definitely going to have to make me one of these necklaces. Yours is super cute. You are also looking very skinny in these pics! I miss you, too! We need to hang out very soon!!!!

Jules said...

Oohhh! I really like this.

erin said...

Wow. It's so cute. I love it. I can totally relate to being busy. End of the year is so HARD! Especially if you are changing schools. Hooray.....and sniff.....for you!

Love ya.....

PS! You deserve a manicure!!! haha

Tracy Crosby said...

yeah, my nails are horrible!! :)I already told "Dave" about it.

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