Wrapped “Pearl” Necklace

30 Mar

Okay, I want to apologize in advance that this tutorial is going to be sub-par, as it’s been a very, very long time since I’ve made a tutorial (or anything nice, for that matter).  On top of that, this is a new camera and it’s a little shaky compared to my older ones (which is absurd, because it should be a better model).  Anyway, on with it.

Okay, so thar be the materials yull be needin’.
– Ribbon
– Beads or marbles
– A light and translucent fabric
– A pendant, if you please~
– You will also need a sewing machine (or patience with a needle and thread)

To start, you should cut a strip of the fabric — however long you want, but the one I used was maybe 18″ — and make it wide enough to suit your beads/marbles — about 1 1/2 to 2″ across.  Fold it over and sew it up so that you make a tube out of the fabric.

Also, try to be cooler than me and use thread that matches the color of your fabric.

Next you’ll need to pull the tube inside-out.  You can clip a safety pin to one end, push it through the tubing, and… it’s hard to explain, but it makes it super easy to turn everything around.  By the by, isn’t it weird that the wooden pins that couldn’t hurt a fly are just clothespins, but the pins that people stab themselves in the thumbs with are called safety pins?

I got a little project happy and forgot to keep taking pictures, but this is actually easy enough.  Drop a bead through one end of your fabric tube and hold both ends of the tube up so that the bead rests in the middle.  Tie a tough knot one side of the bead (don’t worry if it’s not perfectly centered), and then tie a tight knot on the opposite side — but do so slowly to make sure you actually wrap the bead tightly.  You’ll repeat the process by adding beads on each side and tying them off.  Keep going until you feel you’re finished.

If you’ve decided to use a pendant and you want it lopsided on the necklace like mine is, tie it in after tying in a few beads.  As you can see, it has knots around it just like each of the beads do.  Continue adding beads if you like (I added two more to the pendant side).

You should do this however suits you best, but I made little loops on each end of the necklace so far so that I could tie my ribbon in.  There was fabric leftover, but I cut it short (but not so short that the loops can come loose easily).  If you cut the ends, make sure your knots securing the loops are very, very tight first.

Cut two strands of ribbon, and they should be very long (I know, I know, I should really start taking measurements, but I just eyeball everything).  Double over the ribbon like it is in the picture, because its length doubled over is what matters.  Basically, just use common sense and make sure that it’s long enough that you’ll be able to slip the necklace over your head.  I cut one strand of ribbon longer than the other so that when I tied them together, the bow would be on one side instead of centered.  Once you’ve got them cut to your preference, one ribbon through each of the loops made on the fabric and keep the ribbon folded over.

Treat each set of two as one strand (just hold them together), and tie each of the two collected strands into a knot so that the ends are even.  After that, tie a bow however you please, or make two bows, since you have enough strands to do so.

Done!  Now go feel lovely.  <3.  Comment below and let me know how yours turned out or whether you did anything different.

Here’s ten charisma for you,

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


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