Last updated on September 19th, 2019 at 12:06 pm
Follow this craft tutorial to create a no-sew braided fabric necklace. A DIY Jewelry idea that will use up some of those fabric scraps!
Have you ever made your own jewelry? DIY jewelry is fun to make and especially love it when I get compliments on something I’ve made and I can say, “Thanks, I didn’t buy it, I made it!”
Recently, I found this awesome fabric necklace on the blog Smaller. I love that it uses fabric scraps and it’s super cute, so that is a win-win!
My tutorial is a bit different because I add a fun fabric flower to the necklace.
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Begin by selecting the fabrics. Using scraps doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the fabrics will match perfectly, but you’ll be surprised how well it looks when the necklace is finished.
Instead of cutting the fabric into strips, you can simply tear your fabric into strips. Find the longest side of your scrap piece of fabric, make about a 1 inch cut with a pair of scissors and then tear it down then rest of the length of the fabric. Long strips work best and you can tie the strips together if needed to make them longer.
Braid 3 strips of fabric together to make one rope for the necklace. I found it easiest to use a binder clip to hold the ends together while I braided.
The necklace can be as long or as short as you want it. My necklace had three different braided ropes and I made a 2-inch difference between each rope. I think I would have liked the difference in length bigger when all was said and done, but you can play around with it and see what you would like best.
Align the ends of the 3 braided ropes and hot glue together. Do this to both ends.
Attach the two ends together with another dab of hot glue.
To cover the piece where the two end were brought together, cut a small rectangle out of a matching piece of scrap fabric. Glue the sides in to create a hem to keep the fabric from fraying.
Secure the strip around that seam with hot glue.
You can leave the necklace as-is at this point if you don’t want to add the fabric flower. I used the flower to cover up where I joined the two ends of the necklace.
To make the fabric flower make sure you have a couple matching fabric scraps that are big enough to cut the flowers shapes out of use the Big Shot and flower die.
Layer the flower shapes in top of each other with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on top, securing each layer with a dot of hot glue. To finish the flower, glue a half pearl embellishment to the center of the flower.
Hot glue the finished flower to the strip of fabric that covers the joining seam and the necklace is finished and ready to be worn out on the town!
Have you ever worn a piece of DIY jewelry? Did you make it? What was it? Share and leave a comment below!