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Pendant Necklace from Fabric Scraps

 

HOW TO - A Maker's Guide

 

I am very fond of necklaces and wear them often. It's a easy way to add a splash of colour or interest to an outfit. Fine, delicate pieces aren't my style, I prefer large, simple, statement pieces.

Making a necklace is fun and likely easier than you think. Jewellery findings are readily available at your local craft store and on-line. Adding a hand-made pendant to a ready-made leather necklace is a great place to start if you've a jewellery-making novice. Here's an easy piece you can make using a ready made leather necklace and a few fabric scraps from your stash.

 
You can use scraps of fabric or sari ribbon which is cut and wound into balls hanks.

You can use scraps of fabric or sari ribbon which is cut and wound into balls hanks.

Cut strips and lay them on  a backing fabric.

Cut strips and lay them on  a backing fabric.

Sew around the edge to hold them all in place.

Sew around the edge to hold them all in place.

Stitch diagonally across the backing fabric; embellish with gold thread, or the outline of a figure (my favourite), then add beads or melt finding.

Stitch diagonally across the backing fabric; embellish with gold thread, or the outline of a figure (my favourite), then add beads or melt finding.

Make a narrow tube and sew it to the back of the pendant and thread it with a ready-made leather necklace.

Make a narrow tube and sew it to the back of the pendant and thread it with a ready-made leather necklace.