Friday, August 10, 2012

Fat Quarter Friday: Teething Necklace or Just Awesome Statement Necklace

Ada is always pulling on my necklaces and trying to eat them, so now she can without me being nervous! This is such a cute and easy project, perfect for babies, or just for yourself! If found this project in Baby Times and then changed it a bit. This book has so many cute and unique baby projects, you should totally check it out!
1 fat quarter
10 wooden spheres 1" (I got mine at hobby lobby in the wood crafts section)

Step 1: Cut your fat quarter into 4 strips 4" wide and the length of the long side of the fat quarter.
Step 2: Sew the short ends together so you have one long strip. Iron open the seams.
Step 3: Fold the strip in half lengthwise and sew along the edge so you have a long skinny tube. Use a 3/8" seam here. This is important because you want the spheres to be nice and snug in the tube, but not impossible to put in.
Turn the tube right side out.
Step 4: Take the tube and find your center seam that should be directly in the middle. Tie a knot right over that seam and make sure it's nice and tight.
Place a wooden sphere in one end of the tube and push it all the way to the knot you just made. Tie another knot on the other side of the sphere so it is held tightly in place. You can use wooden beads if you prefer, but the spheres were cheaper.
Continue putting in the spheres and then tying knots until you have all ten tied in. Make sure that you put five on each side of that center knot so it's equal.
Step 5: Take your ends and fold in the raw edges into the tube. Sew shut on both ends.
Step 6: Lay out your necklace like so and take one end and tie it to the opposite side near the last knot.
Here's a close up. This will allow you to lengthen the necklace if you want.
Now take your loose end and wrap it around the other a few times (I think I did 6) and then tie it to the opposite side right next to the other last knot.
You're all done, enjoy your fun new necklace. Your baby sure will! Here's another one I made, I didn't do the twisting at the top, but I think that it looks much better if you do.
Ada took to it right away and has claimed it as her own! It's a stripey fiesta!

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