This week Annabel asked me to make her some jewelry. “Something with colors that is very beautiful, Mommy.” Aye, aye, Captain. I’d seen a necklace like this one on a few different kids’ clothing sites and knew it would be simple to make – and it wouldn’t carry a $15 price tag. It was even easier than I expected – so much so, that I made her a matching bracelet!
Lightweight cotton fabric
Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
Pins, needle, thread
For the best results, you want a very lightweight fabric, not only for aesthetics but for ease of knotting. The longer your fabric, the longer the necklace. Your finished necklace will be about half the length you started with. ALSO. Measure the circumference of the largest/widest bead, THEN cut your fabric. I know, math. Pretty sure I haven’t used the word “circumference” since tenth grade. My largest bead was three inches around, so I added another 3/4 of an inch and then cut my fabric, so my starting dimensions were 44.5 inches by 3.75 inches.
Fold your fabric in half, print-side in, then pin in place.
I angled both ends, then sewed a seam on the long side, keeping the ends open. Once you complete your sewing, turn the fabric right-side out.
Add your beads! I lined up all my potential beads in order, because I am crazy.
Slide your first bead to the center of the necklace.
Tie a knot on both sides. I twisted my material before I tied. This made it easier to tie the knots, and they ended up small and neat. This is why it’s crucial you have thin material.
Continue adding beads until you’ve reached your desired look. Annie’s necklace has seven large beads. Make sure you leave enough to tie the necklace! Sew the ends of the fabric closed. You can topstitch if you want a more finished look.
This finished necklace is 22.5 inches long. When I make it again, I will start with a longer piece of fabric! Still, I’m very pleased with how this turned out.
I whipped out a matching bracelet for Annie in no time. The fabric was the same length (44.5 inches) to start, but not as wide (2.75 inches). Since her wrist is obviously more narrow than her neck, I was able to tie the extra fabric into a bow. She looooooved that.
She insists on wearing the necklace and bracelet everywhere – even to dance class.
She’s the best.
But oh, the future. It’s going to be interesting.
Any questions, let me know! Have fun!