Festival Inspired Necklace

Lamenting at the fact we’re missing Glastonbury this weekend, we’re making ourselves feel better with some festival inspired making. This necklace was designed by our teacher Georgie. Here she is showing you how to make it!

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You will need:

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– Rope
– Wire
– Fabric
– Scissors
– Pliers
– Gluegun
– Jewellery findings (jump rings, lobster clasp, necklace clamp)

This necklace is a great way to use up all those scraps you have lying around from all your other sewing projects! I used old t‐shirt jersey fabric, but you can use any fabric you like!

So let’s get started…

Measure the length of the necklace you want and cut the appropriate amount of rope. For one of the pieces I doubled it up to create a thicker piece.

Using the glue gun glue at the top start to wrap the fabric around the rope. Glue in several places to secure it until you reach the other end.

Step 1
For the second plain rope piece I decided to add gold wire bought from a local hardware shop around it after I had wrapped it in fabric. I glued just at the top and bottom
end.

Step 2
For the fabric plaits, decide how thick you want it to be and cut 3 strips fabric accordingly. Remember once you plait it it will end up slightly shorter.

For this necklace the strips 8cm wide and 85cm long. As it is jersey and it doesn’t fray I plaited it straight away, but if you want to use fabric and would prefer a neater edge, cut the strips with an extra 2cm one of the long edges for the seam allowance.

Place the fabric right sides together, sew along the long edge, back-stitching at the start and end, and turn the right way out.

Step 3

When plaiting the fabric you can tape the ends to a table to hold it in place. Cutting fabric on the bias also helps to give it more stretch one plaiting.

Once you have made all your pieces, line them up at the top and cut another strip of fabric to wrap around the ends to bind them together. Glue at the beginning and wrap around creating a flap at the top.

Step 5
Using a jewellery clamp that fits the width of the of fabric, slot the fabric between the two sides and press together with pliers.

Step 6

Add on a couple of jump rings and your lobster clasp.

Step 7

I also found a little anchor charm that thought would add a nice touch to it!

Step 8
And you’re finished. Wear and enjoy!

Fabric necklace 2

 

Big thank you to Georgie for creating this tutorial for us. You can find more of her lovely work on her website.

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