October 22, 2009

A beaded fabric flower necklace tutorial

Lately, I've noticed both Etsy and Anthro featuring fabric beaded necklaces. I've also noticed a lot of fabric flowers. So, I decided to combine the two and make myself this necklace. I was going for a Halloween type vibe, but I think it can pass for a post Halloween necklace too. As a matter of fact, it would be a great Christmas gift. Scratch the Halloween theme! This is now my sisters Christmas present. Just joking Julz... unless you like it =)

Below is a tutorial on how to make the necklace.

  • Necklace fabric: 2" to 3" strip by width of fabric (43"). This is an estimate. You will likely shorten it, but it's best to have too much than too little. Also, light weight knits, gauze, and stretch fabrics work really well. I used Robert Kaufman's Black Panda Knit fabric (link).
  • Flower fabric: 3/4" wide strips of any type of fabric will do. I used scraps and a striped t shirt I no longer wore.
  • Beads: Any size will do; however, the smaller the bead the longer it will take to finish the necklace.
  • Matching thread and a needle
  • Fray check (optional)
  • felt scrap (optional)
  • pin back (optional)


Step 1. Make the casing

1) To determine how wide the casing should be, wrap the fabric around your bead and make note of how much fabric was used. Next add a 1/2" to the measurement. The 1/2" will account for the 1/4" seam allowance. Note: If you are sewing with a stretch knit fabric, only add about 1/4" for the seam allowance (fabric will stretch). Cut your strip. We will adjust the length of the strip later.
2) Fold the strip in half lengthwise (right sides together). Stitch along long edge of strip (opposite of fold) using a 1/4" seam allowance. Do not stitch short ends.
3) To determine the necklace's length, tie the fabric casing around your neck to length you want the necklace to hang. Be sure to tie a bow, because this is how you will attach your necklace. You want to account for the amount of fabric used in the bow. Cut off the excess fabric. You may find that you don't need to cut off any fabric

4) Dab the fabric ends with fray check. This step is optional. The fabric I used does not fray, so I didn't use fray check.

Step 2. Add the beads and tie off

1) Insert one bead at a time through the casing. How many beads is up to you. I used 10 beads. Make sure the beads are centered in the middle of the casing.

2) With matching thread, wrap and tie off the end of the right bead.

3) Insert your needle under the fabric and pull the thread through. Try to get the needle through the fabric to the space between the next bead. If you are unable to pull the thread through in one big stitch, simply insert the needle back into the area it came out and work your way to the space.

4) Once the needle and thread have reached the space between the 2 beads, wrap the thread around the space. Wrap it nice and tight, then tie a knot to secure. Do not cut the thread.

5) With the needle still threaded, repeat the last 2 steps (3 & 4) to the end of the necklace. If you run out of thread, tie a knot to secure the thread. Begin where you left off with a new threaded needle.

Next we'll make the flowers. Before we begin, I must mention that the flowers look best when they are not perfect. I like the frayed edges and awkward folds, so try not to be perfect about the flowers.

Step 1 Cut fabric strip
1) Cut a 3/4" by 22" strip of fabric. The strip doesn't have to be 22" long - it's just a starting point. How long the fabric is will determine the thickness of the flower.
2) Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.

Step 2 Roll the fabric to make the flower
1) Roll one end of the strip a couple of times. Anchor the roll by stitching the edge of the fold.

Good news! I have removed the chipped glitter nail polish after taking this pic.

2) Fold the fabric strip down in a 90 degree angle and continue to roll the bud (fabric roll) over the 90 degree fold.

3) Take another stitch to secure the bud.

4) Continue to fold and roll, alternating the direction you fold, to the end of the strip, or until you feel the flower is thick enough. If your flower begins to distort and the bud starts to poke out, smoosh it flat.
5) Once you have achieved the desired thickness, tie off your thread.

6) Make 2 more flowers of various sizes.

Step 3 Attach flowers to necklace
1) You can hand stitch the flowers to the necklace or you can do the following:
Arrange the flower cluster on a piece of felt. Make sure the felt is smaller than the flower arrangement and the same color as the necklace. Glue each flower to the felt (or hand stitch). Add a pin back and pin it to the necklace.

Here is another version...

With this necklace, I used smaller beads and wrapped the fabric around the beads as opposed to sliding the beads in a casing. Here's a great tute for this method. Also, I didn't hide the thread by sliding the needle under the fabric. Instead, I wrapped and pulled the thread to the next space and wrapped again. As you can see, rather than tying it in the back, I added another strand of beads and then hand stitch the ends together. After stitching the ends together, I wrapped the stitching with floss to make it pretty.

Here are 3 links to other flowers you may want to use for the necklace.
Fabric rose and peony
Rolled Roses see her side bar for the PDF


P.S. Please feel free to share your necklaces at Pretty Ditty Show and Tell flickr group.


Isa said...

Great tutorial, thanks!

Jess @ Floralshowers Craft Blog said...

Love the necklaces! Thanks for sharing!

Cotton Kiwi said...

Just brilliant. Thanks so much. I'll be making some of these as Christmas prezzies.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

What a great tutorial! Thank you!

chirleymaria2@gmail.com said...

Lindo e fácil de fazer! Belo efeito! já conhecia esta tecnica, mas o seu ficou muito bom mesmo!e no artesanato o bom é isto: cada um cada um!

GoyaDesigns said...

Pretty necklaces. Easy tutorial. I love making jewelry and hopefully others will get into it too.

M Plamondon said...

This looks so lovely and so easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing!!

jacqueline said...

Oh jamie, these fabric necklace are gorgeous and soo chic! Thanks for such a fun tutorial! Hope you're having a good weekend and love to you!

Unknown said...

I love this tutorial, it's really easy to follow! I already put this project on my list for the weekends. Thank you so much!

Twill Jill said...

Awesome idea! I have some ugly, ugly beads. I don't knwo where they came from but couldn't bear to toss them. Never occurred to me to hide them in a casing. Great idea - thanks so much!

Vicky Hernandez said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial, very well ilustrate.
I had made a similar necklace but insted of sewing in between the beads I had knotted or attached pieces of lace.

Lisa said...

This is just gorgeous! I included it on my blog for Tutorial Tuesday since it would make a great holiday gift, and I think I'm going to gift one to myself. :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

WOW! I just *love* this and can't wait to make one. I'll be linking to this as well. Thanks so much!

Geek+Nerd said...

Nice take on a classic. I really like the addition of the rosettes - so cute!

Melissa said...

Great tutorial and lovely necklaces!

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Wow what a beautiful necklaces. Thanks Pretty for tuning my mind toward this alternative which has low cost than Estate Necklace.

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Thanks so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Really cute. I used marbles instead of the beads because I didn't have any. Worked like a charm! I will post mine on my blog and link up to you. Thanks for the idea!

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What can I say? I agree with all other commenters! Love this project! Thanks for sharing.

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This is fantastic! I am a j crew, anthro, boden, clothes lover and this type of necklace is just what they are showing this summer! Can't wait to try to make one.

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this ist really great! you can make one of this in so many different ways. fantastic.

i'm linking. i hope you'll agree.

thanks for the tutorial.


A Little Bit of Everything! said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial.

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I'll try to make it. Its very nice.

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Nice project ! it seems like you could be a fabric masters !

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great tutorial!

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Excellently bread the fabric. My work is also related to jewelry and i bread the diamond earrings with cotton and also fabrics.

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Chrissy @ the Pearl Blog said...

I blogged about this after making a few...
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Maria Veigman said...

great tutorials!
one day I will make it!asessega

Minda@ girls jewelry boxes said...

The tutorial is amazing and unbelievably simple. fabric/beads necklace looks gorgeous,specially the blue one above, I'm loving it. Thank you so much for this beautiful ideas.

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This necklace is simply stunning, the flowers made it more beautiful.

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Gorgeous!!! those necklaces are pretty amazing, it inspire me to try and make one of those and hopefully will get the same result as you have here. Thanks.

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