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Sep. 2010 1

Orange Flower Necklace

The Brightest necklace ever! Also, an amazing scrap-buster!

So this is very similar to my white jersey/t-shirt necklace. But I made it out of quilter’s fabric instead. I wanted something really bright and fun for summer, but that I could also wear through out the fall. I still had left over strips of fabric from making Kellie’s quilt years ago, so I pulled out all the oranges and yellows. I ended up with about 10 different fabrics. Here’s how I did it:

    1. Cut 12 strips 2” by 30”. If you don’t have a continuous 30”, you can piece together strips like I did. You won’t be able to see the seams when you’re done. I used 6 different fabrics for this step and cut 2 strips of each.
    2. Separate your strips into groups of 2. I recommend not having the same fabric for both pieces in a group. It makes it more whimsical looking if different fabrics are matched up.
    3. Sew your pairs together along the long edges using 1/4” seam allowance. This will create fabric tubes
    4. Turn the tubes right-side out

    1. You should have 6 tubes now. Pair them up again so you have 3 sets. Sew the pairs together at one end.
    2. Twist the pairs. To do this, I usually put a safety pin in the end that is sewn together, and pin it to my ironing board. Then I can twist them together more easily.
    3. Sew the other end of each pair together to prevent the twist from falling out.

    1. Cut out 2 oval-ish shapes. ****I actually started with an oval and didn’t like it so I made 1 side straight.****
    2. Sew the ovals together, leaving an opening about 1-1.5” wide.
    3. Turn rightside out. Turn the edges at the opening in, so there is a finished edge.
    4. Put the 3 twisted pairs into one end of the oval, and sew to secure.
    5. Put the other ends of the twisted pairs into the other end of the oval, sew to secure.
    6. Making flowers
        1. For “ruffle flowers”
        2. Cut strips 2” wide by 15” long. You can make them narrower if you want shorter flowers. And cut the fabric shorter (less length) if you want less full flower.
        3. Fold the short end over about ½”, wrong sides together

        1. Fold the strip in half long ways, wrong sides together

        1. Make loose stitches down the whole length of the strip.

        1. Cinch the strip to create a ruffle

        1. Tie off the thread
        2. Wrap the ruffle around itself keeping the bottom (raw edge) even.

        1. Sew the bottom edge until you think it is secure.
        2. All Done!!

    7. Secure the flowers to the oval portion of the necklace

I even made a red and orange one for my mom. Firey!

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Jun. 2010 16

Ribbons and Chains

OK, so when I went through my closet and got rid of things that didn’t fit, I also went through my jewelry boxes and got rid of things I never wear. I gave away the majority of the things, but I kept a couple. One piece I kept was this old, thick chain necklace. It was the kind that had a letter charm covered in rhinestones…I swear, there was a time they were popular. Well, most the rhinestones have since fallen out (because it was cheap), but the chain is still in good condition. I decided to turn this into a long necklace rather than a choker. I was inspired by necklaces I had seen by J.Crew and guess although I can’t find a good link to the original.

Before I begin, let me just say, I’m well aware of my apparent addiction to white accessories. Between the bib necklace, the jersey necklace and now this, it has become quite clear. It’s a thing. White matches everything, so I like using it. Plus, it just looks so crispy and clean, how could you not like it? OK, moving on….

I have to say, this project took maybe 30 minutes and was super easy. All you need is the necklace, ribbon and pliers (well and needle and thread). I don’t own jewelry making tools, so I just used my standard needle nose pliers.
Here we go!

1. Take off old fasteners from the necklace. (I kept mine for later use)

2. Weave the ribbon in and out of the chain through about every third link. Leave excess on both ends

3. Sew chain to ribbon on each end
4. Decide how long you want the necklace. Mark the ribbon 1″ longer on both ends. Cut of excess.
5. Finish the ends of the ribbon. I used a french seam, but don’t worry, it’s easy:

-Lay the 2 ends on top of each other, rights sides together
-Line them up so the ribbon on the bottom is 1/2″ longer than the one on top

-Fold the bottom end back over the top

-Making sure the fold stays in place, fold the top piece back over. You should have both right-sides facing you.

-Hand sew this seam shut

6. Make a bow out of matching ribbon and attach to the necklace

All done!

Here are a couple other pictures:

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Jun. 2010 9

White Jersey Necklace

Ok, let me start of by saying I failed at this project a couple times. I had seen people doing super cute jersey necklaces from t-shirts and I was super excited to make one. But when I tried it with unfinished edges, the fabric started to fall apart. It was going everywhere causing quite a mess in my sewing room. I figured it might be happening because I was using such cheap material. So I trashed my first attempt. For my second attempt, I used a much nice t-shirt (it was in the give away pile anyways). I thought that would help. But noooooo. Still falling apart. Still shedding everywhere. A mess.

But instead of throwing it away, I made the necklace my own way. I tell you this for a couple reasons. One, to admit that I am totally human and fail just as often as I succeed at new projects. And two, so that you don’t think it is weird that my photos don’t match up quite right. You’ll notice the number of strips of fabric gradually decrease. But just bear with me.

All you’ll need is a t-shirt. Mine was a fitted shirt with seams down either side. This adds an extra step, but I go over that in the tutorial. OK, here ya go:

    1. Cut eight 2” strips width-wise across your t-shirt

    1. Cut six 1.5” strips
    2. Cut 1 side of the strips apart (so they won’t be a loop anymore)
      1. SPECIAL STEP!!  If you are using a fitted shirt (with seams down either side) you are going to need to cut the strips apart at both seams. Then, you’ll need to sew the strips back together on 1 end, making sure they are straight. The reason why you need to do this step is so that the strips will be straight pieces. If you don’t cut them apart at the original seams, they form Vs.
    3. Sew the strips together with ¼” seam allowance. You want to sew down both long sides and one short side. You’ll end up with four 1.5” strips and three 1” strips
    4. Turn all the strips right side out. If you’ve never done this, it’s fairly easy, just a little annoying. Here’s some pictures to walk you through

Using locking tweezers, clamp onto the seam (from the inside) at about 2".

Pull the tweezers back out. Be sure not to put too much pressure on the fabric or you'll rip it. As you pull the fabric, it'll start to turn right side out

Keep repeating these steps until your tube/strip is all the way right side out.

    1. Take 2 of the 1.5” strips, twist together. Sew over both ends so they don’t unravel.

  1. Cut a 6” segment off one of the 1.5” segments.
  2. Fold the ends inside so there is a clean edge.
  3. Put the ends from the twisted segments in to the 6” piece. Sew to secure
  4. Now to make some rosettes using the remaining strips. For each strip:
      1. Fold one end over into a triangle (like when making a paper football)

      1. Put the rosette on the table with your finger on the triangle (raw edge facing down)
      2. Swirl the strip around creating a rosette. I found I get the best results when I twist the strip just a little as I go. I also have some sections where the seam of the strip is facing up, and some where it is facing the side. This gives the rosette a good variation height variation and makes it look more like a flower and less like a lollypop.

      1. Tuck the outer end under and in between the next two rows. Just make sure you can’t see it
      2. Secure with a pin.

    1. Sew the whole thing together on the back side. This step is a little tricky. I found it was easier to go from the side half way through, then continue across to the other side. Now matter how you do it, just keep going until you feel like it is secure.
  5. On the 6” flat segment (not the twisted part), arrange your rosettes. Pin in place
  6. Sew the rosettes down to the flat segment.

All done!!!

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May. 2010 25

Reader’s Project!

So here’s a gorgeous necklace done by one of my readers. Ok, ok… by “reader” I mean my middle sister. But that makes it no less beautiful. So I thought I’d share it with you guys. See, totally doable  :)

Email me your projects based on my tutorials. I’d love to post them!

Check out the original tutorial here