A few years ago I purchased some unfinished wood beads on etsy with the intentions of making myself a teething necklace for Max. Fast forward six years and I can officially check the project off my list! My kids are past the age for teething necklaces, but I still love the look of knotted fabric and bead necklaces so I made me and Mollie a matching set. It was a quick project with a high forgiveness factor.
For this project you will need:
- some long (24-36 inch) scraps of fabric (I used old blouses that don’t fit anymore)
- wood beads
- threat and sewing machine
- a break-away clasp if the necklace is for a child
First thing is to cut a strip of fabric about 24-36 inches long depending on how long you want your necklace. I quickly realized the knots take up A LOT of fabric. You will need to determine how wide of a piece of fabric you will need. I wrapped the fabric over my bead and added about a half inch. This allowed me to sew a tube that I could drop my beads into plus a little room for sewing. The hem isn’t noticeable when you tie your knots so don’t worry too much about that.
Next, I folded my fabric with the correct sides together and created a tube, then I inverted my tube so the correct side of the fabric was on the outside.
The next step was to add my ribbon that would be used for my bow closure. I slipped it into one end and shoved the unfinished edges inside the tube and sewed across (not very scientific, but like I said, it is a really forgiving project and no one will notice the imperfections once it is done).
Now comes the fun part. I decided to start by making a knot that included a little of my ribbon and a little of my fabric. This is one of the steps that helps hide any imperfections. Then just drop a bead in and tie a knot. Wash, rinse & repeat until you have no more beads left or you have reached your desired length.
Time for a manicure?!?! Yeesh!
Mollie loved hers!
Until she didn’t.
Can someone get this thing off of me? Seriously.
Truth is, we wont let her wear necklaces yet, even with a break-away clasp, so this is going into my jewelry box and she can have it when she’s four ;o)