Here’s a fun activity for an afternoon off! This project makes a great stocking stuffer or a pretty gift for your jewelry-loving friend. If you’re a crafty gal, you might already have some of the supplies on hand so it’ll be super easy to get started. If you only have minimal experience, this project will still be simple enough for you to get done while catching up on a few episodes of Scandal.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Quilting fabric in fun patterns
- ¼ yard of cotton fabric
- Basic sewing supplies
- Necklace chain (for necklace option)
- Embellishments (optional)
*Leave ¼ inch seam allowance on fabric
This craft is versatile because you can make either bracelets or necklaces! The materials above can make two (2) bracelets or one (1) necklace. You’ll want to follow the steps below to make both but the finishing instructions differ.
Cut a 2 ½” x 43” strip from each fabric. Place both right sides together and stitch together along the 43” sides. You now have a fabric tube with the undersides of each fabric showing.
Turn the tube right-side out and cut the ends of the tube diagonally. This will help when stringing the beads.
Time for your first bead! Thread the bead on to the fabric tube, leaving it about 5” from the end. To get the spacing effect, take another bead and put it inside the tube—right beside the one you threaded. Thread your next bead, insert the one after that. Repeat the process until you have the desired length.
If you want to add embellishments, like charms, to your bracelet you can do so during this step.
To finish off, take a large bead and thread each end of the fabric in opposite directions and tie a knot in each end of fabric. This bead will keep your bracelet together and allow for you to adjust the tightness without the bead falling off.
To make the necklace, follow the above instructions until you have the desired length. Measure on both ends the distance from the last bead to the end of the fabric tube. Trim down if necessary. Make a loop with the fabric and stitch together. Your result will be a long beaded tube with two loops on either end. Take your necklace chain and attach it to the loops.
You’re done! Use this project for quick gifts, friendship bracelets, or even an adorable key fob.