This time instead of tossing the scraps into a bin I decided to make a funky, whimsical statement necklace out of a crazy mix of patterns and colors that complimented the dress pattern.
Besides the dress scraps, I found some fat quarters in complimentary colors on sale at Hancock Fabrics for $1.25 each plus a 15% off total coupon - more than enough to get me started. And I already had chenille stems in my stash, a ruler, scissors, safety pin, needle-nose pliers and a sewing machine - so I was all set. Now you might be wondering how I'm putting this all together to make a necklace.
Here's how I did it:
Gather supplies . . . and
With right sides together sew a 1/4" seam.
Turn inside out using a safety pin pulled through the tube.
Then wrap about an inch of two chenille stems together to lengthen for necklace.
Bend ends of chenille stems over so they don't poke the fabric and insert into the fabric tube.
Push the fabric together making sure the ends of the chenille stems are at the ends of the fabric tube.
Using needle-nose pliers, turn a small section of end over twice and press together.
For the decorative hanging necklace pieces, that I call squiggle stems, insert a single chenille into sewn fabric tube, pushing fabric together and finishing ends as before.
Make a loop with the squiggle stem and drape over the center necklace portion.
Push both ends through the loop, and tighten.
After trying out several different squiggle stems, I opted to use just five pieces . . . curling the ends around in a circle. But that's the cuteness of making this whimsical necklace. You can make so many different variations with the bendable fabric covered chenille stems.
And finally, I made a bracelet with the left over squiggle stems . . .
And here it is with the dress . . .
What a fun summer project! And it's a perfect go to necklace to wear with those cute summer dresses, tops or outfits!
Take a little time to enjoy