Monday, October 31, 2011

Cloth Beaded Necklace

For months, I have been looking for the perfect navy beaded necklace.  I just can't see to find one that is exactly what I need.  I have also looked at beads with the plan to make my own, but again I haven't been able to find simple navy beads.  So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make this simple cloth necklace.

This is what you need:
wooden beads (any size you want, I used 3.25 inch beads)

Since I used 3.25 inch beads, I cut a strip of material 4 inches wide by 36 inches long.  To figure out how wide your material should be, measure the circumference of your bead and add .75 inches to it.

Next, fold material in half, right sides together and sew up the edge.  Then turn the tube of material right side out.  You will end up with a long tube of material.

Next I measured down 12 inches from one end and tie a knot in the material.  Put one of your beads in the tube and work it down to the knot.  Then tie a knot on the other side of the bead.

Continue adding beads and tying knots.  I used 6 beads in my necklace.

Cut the ends even and tie a knot at the end.  I didn't even hem the ends, I just left them undone.

Here's the finish necklace.

You can even use beads from an old necklace, you don't have to use the wooden ones.  I just happened to have some left over from another project.  Instead of tying knots between the beads, you could also thread another bead on the outside of the material.  There are a lot of variations you could do with this necklace.  The color possibilities are endless with all the material choices available! 

Happy crafting!


  1. so cute!! I have to try that!!

    new follower from Soleil Selene :)

  2. Thanks for this tutorial, i have some large beads and this is the perfect project for them! I found you through the Tag a long thursday blog hop and im a new follower! i'd love if you followed back!


  3. Great idea!

    I'm a new follower of your blog from Soleil Selene.

  4. So cute, I need to try this!

    Stopping by from Soleil Solene. :)