Fabric Jewelry is a Girl’s Best Friend

– Tracey Stewart

When you’ve overused or stained a beautiful fabric, don’t be so quick to throw it out. Try making this beautiful piece of recycled jewelry instead!

MAKE YOUR OWN FABRIC JEWELRY:

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Various fabric strips (about 15 inch-long strips)
• Embroidery needle
• Embroidery thread
• Wooden beads
• Scissors

GATHER your materials together and THREAD your needle. Don’t forget to tie a big knot at the end of one side so that your stitches don’t pull through.

CHOOSE a strip of fabric and CUT the fabric into a strip about 15 inches long. Cutting your fabric using zig-zag scissors can be a good way to stop the fabric from fraying.

INSERT the needle into one end of your fabric strip.

USE a basic stitch to sew in a straight line along the length of your fabric strip, about one inch between each stitch. You will be folding your fabric like an accordion and sewing through each side.

REPEAT this stitch until you reach the end of the fabric strip. Because you are poking your needle through so much fabric, it can be tough. Be sure to poke through one side at a time until you reach the end to make it easier.

GATHER your fabric.

HOLD the needle up high in one hand and USE your other hand to SCRUNCH down the fabric, allowing the folds to gather in layers around the string.

CONTINUE doing this over and over again with different strips of fabric. Sewing strips onto your string and then gathering the fabric with a scrunching motion until you’ve used all of your fabric.

ADD beads throughout your necklace. We like to add them at the beginning and the end, but also throughout.

USE a bead to tie off your necklace and hold it together.

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