Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Jamboree Guest Post: Knotted Necklace by Mandy of Sugar Bee Crafts

Hi everyone!! So excited to be here on Sew Dang Cute!! I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts:
Here's the whole gang on our recent vacation:
I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog.  I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays.  You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):
You can see more projects in my new Tutorials Page, so check that out as well.
Also mentioned on my blog is that I'm trying to step up my style in life.  I have found the easiest way to do that is with jewelry.  On top of that, I LOVE fabric and incorporate it into many accessories.  So today I want to show you the Knotted Necklace.
I found 3 of these strands of beads from Hawaii at a garage sale for $1 (total!) so I cut one up to use the beads in this project:
You can use whatever beads you can find - - you can catch a glimpse of a similiar necklace I made back in October using marbles:
Anyways, moving on - - Cut a strip of fabric wide enough to wrap around your bead.
I, of course, didn't judge accurately, and my strip only wrapped around half the bead.  So I ended up sewing 2 strips together (right sides together) on each side.  If you measure right, you can just fold your strip in half and sew down one side instead of two. 
Then turn your tube right-side out.  If you haven't heard of THIS MIRACLE TOOL, you'll have to turn it by hand...
Then the fun part - assembly!  Tie a knot close to one end.  Then drop a bead down your tube.  Then tie another knot - - here's where you're at:
Just keep on going til your tube fills up.  Then take your two ends and sew them to some ribbon.  I couldn't find any ribbon that matched in my stash, so I just made another fabric strip - see the seam:
So since we don't want to see the seam, tie a knot right on top of it to hide it:
Instead of finishing the ends, I kept the "knot" theme going and just tied a knot in the ends.
Tie it around your neck and enjoy your new fabulous look!!
Don't forget to come see more fabulousness over at!!


  1. Love! That necklace is so cute great way to add a little something to plain t shirts. And that quick turn tool.... Amazing, where has it been all my life...

  2. Super cute! Mandy has such cute ideas. Love her blog!!


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