Monday, January 11, 2010

How to make a Ribbon-Bead Necklace

Today, I have a special project for you all! Something to make you look chic and stylish while you are out and about!

A Ribbon-Bead Necklace - Have you seen these in the stores? I love them but I knew that I could make one with supplies I already had at my house! This tutorial is for personal and gift giving use only! If you don't want to spend the time to make your own, I am selling them in my etsy shop Funky Joy!

Here is what you will need:
Beads (big and chunky seem to work out better- I think)
Thread (I used quilting thread and I doubled it up)
A hand sewing needle

1.) Cut a ribbon length of 36 inches or more (depends on how long you want your necklace... I would say that 36 inches is the smallest you would want to go- mine is 36 inches) Tie a knot about 12 inches down from one end of the ribbon.

2.) Thread your need and tie a knot at the end of the thread. I double threaded mine to give it more strength.

3.) Put your needle through the knot and pull it all the way through so that the knot on the thread is hidden in the knot on the ribbon.

4.) Thread a bead on and than pull the ribbon over and sew through the ribbon.

5.) Add some more beads and sew through the ribbon again. A tip: leave a little slack in the ribbon it will weave through your beads a lot better.

6.) Continue adding beads and weaving your ribbon through. The ribbon will "weave" better if you pull the beads tight... this is why you need strong thread.

7.) Once you get to where you have about 12 inches left at the end of your ribbon tie a knot and sew your thread through it. Tie off the thread. Frey check or use a lighter/match to burn the edges.

And TA-DA a very chic and stylish necklace all for you!

I am linking to these parties!


avisiontoremember said...

Oh man! I have been on a necklace making craze! I have been making necklaces that are similar to this but that is just to cute...I am totally stealing this idea.

So I did a double strand wooden bead one with a glass bead pendant....and then I have been doing those ribbon ones to. You totally combined them.


Dena Pickle said...

Now that's a new idea! I love it and it looks simple enough even I could do it!
Thanks for sharing.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Great make it look so easy!!

Unknown said...

Great job on this tutorial. :) Thanks so much for linking!

Anonymous said...

I've never made a necklace before but with this tutorial I think I could do it! Thanks. Great job!

Angie Holden said...

Wow -- that is great! Thanks for the tutorial!

Jen @ said...

So fun and different! Thanks for the tutorial!


Julie said...

I love it. I was just looking through some beads yesterday...all primary colors though :( Thanks for posting to Made it Monday! Jules

Katie said...

Love it, chunky necklaces are my faves.

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

Wow! We did the ones with pearls, I havent seen the ones with beads before!

Andy Porter said...

Cute and FUN! I've never tried making any kind of jewelry with beads. It's a great idea though. They can be so expensive!!
Thanks for the link Fawnda!

Its So Very Cheri said...

You did a great job. Everyone i making these now. they seem pretty easy.


Angie - said...

Pretty!! And so cool how you did it!!

Thank you for sharing at Thursday's Treasures!

Come share again this week!

HJC Editor said...

Hi! Great tute! I will be linking at in future post.


Beetique said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for posting it.

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