Fabric covered rope necklaces

I first made these fabric covered rope necklaces last year as Christmas presents, they’re also a good way of using up awkward sized scraps of fabric.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wooden beads, I went for chunky 35mm ones bought on ebay
  • Fabric, for 35mm beads you’ll need strips 10cm wide and at least 1m long for a necklace, shorter if you’re making a bracelet
  • Sewing machine and thread

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  • Cut 1-1.5m long strip of fabric 10cm wide, if you’re planning to use these as a baby teether it’s probably good to opt for organic cotton
  • Fold it in half, right sides facing and pin
  • Sew the length of the strip allowing a seam allowance of 1cm, leave the ends open and trim the seams
  • Turn inside out – an easy way to do this is to attach a safety pin to a long piece of ribbon or string and feed it through the fabric tube until it pokes out of the other end then pin it to the inside of the end of the tube and pull it back through itself. Et voila!
  • Leave about 20cm free at one end and tie a knot. Slip a wooden bead down the tube and tie another knot. Keep going until the necklace is as long as you’d like it, I went for a total of six leaving a decent length for the fabric ties as each end
  • To finish the necklace, check the ends are the same length if not just trim the longer one. Turn the ends inside and sew to close them

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