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DIY: Fabric Necklaces


To be honest, traditionally I’m not much of a necklace wearer but since having a little one I’ve found that they jazz up a boring outfit and provide some entertainment for her. I love that a simple black top and jeans can be brightened up with colourful jewellery. With plenty of fabric to choose from, I decided to make some of these long fabric beaded necklaces. They are super simple and only take a half hour or so to make. Perfect for beginners.


  • 1/4 yard fabric, quilting cotton if perfect.
  • 20 or so beads or marbles
  • thread
  • sewing machine and general sewing supplies.


  • Cut 2, 3 inch wide strips of fabricDSC_0065
  • Sew the 2 pieces together at one short end, right sides togetherDSC_0067DSC_0069
  • Measure the strip and cut it to about 180cm
  • Fold the strip lengthways, right sides togetherDSC_0070
  • Sew down the long open edge using a 3/8 inch seamDSC_0071
  • Place a safely pin at one end and turn the tube right side out.DSC_0074DSC_0076
  • Place the first bead in and work it through to the centre
  • Tie knots either side of the bead
  • place another bead and tie a knotDSC_0078
  • Continue doing this until you are left with about 4 inches at both endsDSC_0080
  • tuck the raw edges of the ends in about an inch.


  • place one end inside the other, have them overlap about 1/2 inch


  • sew 2 rows of stitching to secure the ends closedDSC_0084


If need be, you can make them longer or shorter, just make sure it will fit over your head.

Enjoy making these up, I hope they brighten your day!

I’d love to see your creations, please share on Instagram and tag me using @deannapatternsandprojects













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