Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuestorials: Fabric Chain Necklace

This week it's all about how to re-use fabric! Yesterday was the Fabmo SF Etsy Exclusive event...so Katy asked Stephanie of SinceSass to guest blog for us and teach us all how to make her awesome Fabric Chain Necklaces with fabric scraps so we can all be inspired and use some of our new fabric! Stephanie makes unique gifts & accessories such as wallets, wine bags and small purses. Her work can be found all over San Francisco - you can find her in Urban Bazaar and RAG. Here's her awesome Tuestorial! 

HOW TO: Fabric Chain Necklace with SinceSass

If you are a sewer like me, you probably find yourself with remnants of fabric from various projects. There is just enough left to make something or it’s too pretty to throw away. Or you find that swatch of fabric sitting in the free bin at S.C.R.A.P (www.scrap-sf.org) or FabMo (www.fabmo.org) that you know you have to take home to do something with. It’s calling your name!

Before your family submits an application to be on A&E’s Hoarders, here is an easy and fun solution to use those pieces of fabric that aren’t meant for the trash bin!

Materials Needed:
      Various pieces of scrap fabric, at least 4.5 x 1” each in size
      Fabric glue - Tacky Glue works well!
      Ribbon or string (or metal jewelry chain) to tie it all together


Step One:
Use a ruler to cut out 10, 4.5 x 1 inch pieces (for the chain) and 10, .5 x 1 inch pieces (for the link). It can be any color or different patterns you want. Be warned that if the fabric is too thick (like some upholstery fabric) or stain-treated, it might not glue and hold well. Tears have been shed, lots of glue wasted on these awesome, but unusable fabrics.

Step Two:
Take one piece of the large fabric (chain) and turn it front-side down. Use fabric glue along the bottom of the piece of fabric and fold half way. Press down to ensure glue is in place and fabric is holding.

Then glue a line along the top of the fabric and fold the rest of the way. Your fabric should now look like this:

Take small piece of fabric (link) and glue all of the backside. Attached to the ends of your chain and secure. As you hold it in place, you can adjust shape of the chain to look more like a chain.

Step 3:
Take another piece of large fabric and glue. Before attaching the link piece, insert through your first chain. Then attach link.

Step 4:
Once you have all your desired chains, it’s time to add your ribbon or string to officially make it a necklace! And - once you do, you have a finished product!

Finished Product!

Here's Katy and her necklace!

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Katy or Steph about joining SFEtsy!


Jen (Mama's Magic Studio) said...

great tutorial! thanks so much for sharing!!!

Katy said...

This was so fun to make! I braided my necklace but I think in the future I'll keep it upbraided because it's not as stretchy...also...I didn't put enough chains on mine so it's more like a choker. it's cute tho! I can't wait to rock it!

city said...

thanks for sharing.

ash said...

i love the little extra piece that covers the link "seam". super cute!

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