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This necklace has got balls.
This project is based on a design from Downtown DIY Sewing.

Posted by Anna Nimh Published See Anna Nimh's 10 projects » © 2022 Alice Chadwick / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    You'll need some cute fabric and some chunky wooden beads. I made necklaces with two different sizes, and I like them both. The larger they get, the more unconventional the look.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now, you need to make a tube about 55 inches long. To figure out the width, fold the fabric around the bead to a snug fit and mark it. Remember seam allowances.

    55 inches may end up being a little long, depending on the size of your beads, but it's better to have too much tube than too little. Besides, if you have some extra tube, you're well on your way to a matching bow, right?

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    After you draw a line across you fabric for width, cut it up.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you are lucky enough to have a handy stretch of fabric the right length, move on to Step 6. Otherwise, we need to stitch our wimpy lengths together, wrong sides out.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    If you were a little sloppy, be sure to trim close to your new stitches. The fewer chunks you have to contend with later, the better.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now for the fun part. Let's sew a tremendous tube! Just fold your fabric in half and stitch down the the line, wrong sides out.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now, you have a big tube, but it's inside-out. Attach a safety pin to one side and wiggle it through the tube to get things in their proper order.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make your first knot 12 inches from one end of the tube. Slide your first bead in the longer end and tie a new knot, snug against the bead. I found that giving a a couple twists helps to tighten things up and serves as a guide for the next knot to fall on.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    Do this five more times. A necklace is starting to happen.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut you (hopefully) long end, so the two sides match.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    Make a diagonal cut at both ends, for prettiness.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    Tuck the raw ends in about a 1/4 inch.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now, sew those ends closed. Here you could do an invisible slip stitch, if you feel like hand sewing. I opted for a fancy zig-zag on one and two rows of basic straight stitch on the other. Both are cute.

  • How to make a fabric ball necklace. Totally Tubular Fabric Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    Voila! Tie that baby around your neck and rock it. Feels cute, doesn't it?

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Kirky
Kirky · Sparta, Tennessee, US · 16 projects
I saw a tutorial on some random website on how to make bracelets like this! So cool Happy
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