This craft comes from Julie Pennington Hardee, learn more about Julie and her designs at jphardee.com.
Resources: We used 1-inch solid wood beads (Item No. WD-DP-9103-93) from Sunshine Crafts, sunshinecrafts.com. Julie recommends going to local fabric stories and thrift or vintage stores to find vintage scarves to use as the fabric for the bead necklaces.
- Sewing machine
- Fabric of your choice (silk or rayon)
- Sewing scissors
- Loop turner
- 1-inch wooden beads
Use a thin piece of fabric (preferably silk or rayon).
Cut fabric so the length is 55 inches and the width is 5 inches. (If your fabric isn't long enough, piece together two swatches to make the right length.)
Sew the sides of the fabric together to form a tube. Leave ends open.
Take a loop turner and turn tube inside out.
Take a 1-inch wooden bead and slide the bead to center of tube.
Hold the bead tightly to mark center. Tie a tight knot on each side of center bead. Repeat process until you have about 8 beads inside fabric.
Sew ends closed on a sewing machine.
Leave enough fabric on the ends to tie it around your neck (about 11 to 12 inches total).