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« on: April 21, 2008 07:19:59 PM »

I got the idea to make these necklaces from a show on Style network.  They are so fun and look so nice!


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Bad pic of me modeling one!

TUTE!

Well, I was going to make a tute with pics, but my digital cam is doing something really strange and I can't transfer the pics from it to my computer- which I do everyday, so I'm not sure what is wrong. 

Get 1 yard of fabric (because of the length you need... I used a long strip of fabric that was about 32 inches long) and measure how wide you need to cut it based on what you plan to put inside your necklace.  I used 1" styrofoam balls, but I've heard of many different items - someone mentioned cotton balls earlier.  I tried the cotton balls, but I had trouble making the cotton keep a rounded shape. 

Cut your fabric strip (for 1" balls, I made my strip 4 1/2" wide to allow for my seam allowance) keep in mind that you will be sewing it inside out and then flipping it right side out before stuffing, and that you need to allow enough room to insert the balls.

Fold your strip lengthwise with right sides together and sew along the open edge. 

Flip the fabric right side out (I used the handle of a wooden spoon). 

Fold the strip in half so that you can locate the center. 

Insert one ball and wiggle it down to the center area you determined.  Now, make a knot on either side of the ball to secure it.   Complete this step over and over  until you reach your desired amount of balls.  I used 9 balls for my necklace and 6 balls for my bracelet. 

Once you have completed adding the balls, fold the remaining strips again and sew in place to create a finished edge.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008 07:22:49 PM »

I like those, and I like yours.
I've seen them in the past with crow or pony beads in between the big beads.
Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008 07:25:21 PM »

Those are gorgeous! Love the fabrics. <3's~ How are they made?
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008 07:31:34 PM »

Very pretty!!  I, too, would like to know how you made it.  Smiley  If you don't mind.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008 07:39:09 PM »

I will post a tutorial after I make another one tonight.  I started writing them out and I realized pictures would help.  The balls are 1" styrofoam balls.  Check back later tonight and I should have a tute for you!
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008 07:42:40 PM »

Pretty necklace - and that is SO not a bad pic of you! You are adorable!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008 11:55:12 AM »

For those of you who are waiting for the tut -  it is coming, I had some technical difficulties with my camera last night.  I will try to get it up by tomorrow.  Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008 12:40:59 PM »

Pretty necklace - and that is SO not a bad pic of you! You are adorable!  Grin

I agree! When I read "bad pic of me" under the GOOD pic of her, my jaw dropped! No freakin way. Tongue
Oh, and that necklace is awesome, I can't wait for the tut!
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2008 01:46:36 PM »

Wow! I love that style. It would look so cute with a summer dress! I'd love to try to make one.
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2008 04:35:50 PM »

You can make these with cotton balls too in between the pony beads.  As I remember the hardest part was turning that fabric tube right side out.  Some people are wrapping the fabric around marbles and that seems to be working out great.
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