Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m happy to share a tutorial for DIY fabric beaded necklaces, which I first shared during the bright and colorful craft party last week. I can’t wait to wear my necklace all summer long and I bet you will too!
Long, narrow piece of fabric (I used pieces from a fabric jelly roll that is 2 1/2″ x 42″)
Wooden beads (I used 3/4″ beads)
Complimentary embroidery thread
Click through to learn how to make the necklace!
To begin your necklace, fold your strip of fabric in half long-ways. You will build your necklace out from this point. Place a bead in the middle of the fabric, with the printed side facing down, and roll the sides of the fabric up around the bead. When you hold both sides, it should look like a piece of candy in a wrapper.
Use a needle and a 6″ piece of thread to secure the bead on both sides. Tie a knot in one end of the thread and make a few small stitches to keep both sides of the fabric together. Tightly wrap the remaining thread around the fabric and tie off when the piece comes to an end. Repeat on the other side of the bead. When your bead is secure, it should look like the example below.
Repeat the above steps until you have secured all of the beads. The necklaces I made had between 5-7 beads. Be sure to add beads to both sides of the middle bead so you end up with equal fabric on both sides. When you are finished adding beads to your necklace, you can wrap brightly colored embroidery thread in between the beads for an extra pop of color.
To finish your necklace, you may want to hand stitch or glue the edges of the fabric that does not have any beads. When finished, tie the end in a knot and your necklace is ready to go!
I cannot wait to wear these simple and inexpensive necklaces all summer. They are light weight and look great paired with tee. If you make your own necklace, be sure to share it on social media, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Cheers to a wonderful and productive June!