I think all girls do that. My Little Monkey is no exception. She loves to wear my necklaces. Often she wears a couple and then brings a couple for me to wear. Very cute!
Recently I made a reversible scalloped skirt for her - the Bluebell skirt. I thought the skirt needed soemthing to go with it. A fabric covered bead necklace! Of course! I have been wanting to make one for a few months now. What a great excuse to finally do it.
So, while she was not sleeping when she should have been, I made this little thing:
Isn't the necklace cute? It is very easy for a toddler to put on and take off. It won't fall apart any time soon. It compliments not just one skirt, but a lot of other outfits. Besides, it is fun to play with - bonus :)
This necklace was very easy to make, too. Would you like to have a go? Please click Read more to follow my steps.
- a cheap bead bracelet
- some quilting cotton
- matching thread
- contrasting thread
- safety pin
I needed a couple of measurements before I could cut my fabric - the length and the width. Measuring the length was easy - I used my trusty measuring tape and put it around Little Monkey's neck as if it was a necklace and added a few cm 'just in case'.
For the width, I took one bead and wrapped my measuring tape around it, taking note of seam allowances at the same time. In this case, my strip of fabric needed to be 7 cm wide, with 1 cm seam allowance on each side.
I cut a rectangle out of the fabric using my measurement, folded it in half lengthwise right sides facing and pinned.
Then made a tube by sewing the long edges together.
Once I finished sewing, I didn't cut my thread but left a 'tail'. I attached a safety pin to the 'tail' and...
... used it to turn the tube right side out by inserting the pin with a 'tail' inside the tube and pulling it through.
Nearly there :)
I used the safety pin to mark where I wanted the central bead to go.
Pushed a bead inside the tube and secured it using a contrasting thread. I opted for a needle with a large ear so I could use four strands of thread at once. I put the needle through the fabric tube,
twisted the tread around the fabric tube right next to the bead a few times,
and secured the thread as I usually would when doing hand sewing.
Then I secured the bead on the other side.
Repeated for each following bead.
Next, I tied knots on both ends of the elastic so it would not slip out. Toddlers watch with their hands. They will pull everything they can. They are the best quality control officers on the face of the earth.
I adjusted the length of the necklace, folded the raw edges inside, inserted elastic,
and stitched it closed... not once, but twice, making sure both rows of stitching went over the elastic, as I have a really keen quality control officer here!
I then folded the ends of the necklace in half and hand stitched them in place.
Done :) Maybe I should make myself a matching necklace? Little Monkey would love that!
Please let me know if you make a fabric covered bead necklace using this tutorial. I would love to hear from you and have a look at the pictures (if you take pictures of your creations). I would appreciate a link back to this tutorial should you choose to use it.