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Scrappy little fabric bead necklaces

Usually, I can get one purse out of one article of clothing but most times I have leftover materials. I save my scraps and I’m always on the lookout for ways to use up small pieces of fabric. I found a few tutorials for making fabric bead necklaces and that seemed like the perfect solution!

Here was one inspiration…but they used a spun cotton for the “beads.” Where do you get that/those? Perhaps he made them himself? I figured using large wood beads would work just as well and would be more easily accessible, so…to the craft store I went!

The fabrics I originally chose, though I ended up only using three of the four:

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And after cutting the strips of material to wrap around the entire bead, plus just over a 1/2 inch for the seam:

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Basically, all you have to do is fold the strip in half, right sides together, and sew along the long edge. Then, turn the tube right side out and start inserting and tying off the beads.

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I did a bit of twisting and then tied the beads off with embroidery floss in a coordinating color.

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Once I reached the end of my bead strands, I cut the remaining ends of the material so I had just enough to turn under. I finished two of the three off with twisted tshirt yarn “rope” so I had to sew it in place using a needle through the material, through the tshirt rope and out the other side. I did a couple passes to make sure it was secure, then wound around the outside of the material.

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And finally, here are the finished necklaces!

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I decided to keep the paisley set for myself, and the day I wore them I got several compliments! Will get the other two necklaces up for sale – along with a few others. What do you think about the color combos? I am almost surprised that I had coordinating tshirt yarn that worked with each of the patterns. Hooray!



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