504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Guest Posting with Flamingo Toes

10.15.2010

Guest Posting with Flamingo Toes

I have professed my love of this lady and her talents before,
and what is not to love...Beverly is just plain amazing...
she crafts fabulous things, she cooks, and is all around a great lady.
Today she is sharing a little something I have had my eye on!
Maybe I will give this tutorial a whirl too!
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Hi Everyone! My name is Beverly and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.
I'm so thrilled to be here at 504 Main today!!
Holly is so one of my favorite blog people - she's so talented and sweet.
Over at Flamingo Toes I love doing knockoffs and one of
my favorite things to do are Anthropologie Necklaces.
Today I'd like to share a tutorial with you for their
Adorable Paisley Rebirth Necklace.
Where on earth do they come up with the names for these??
It is mystifying.
Here is mine:
And here is theirs:
This necklace is a blast to make.
I went with a little darker colors than they did because
I just fell in love with the fabric in the scarf I found.

Here's your handy dandy tutorial!!
Materials:
• Sewing Machine (you can hand sew it, it will just take longer)
• Scarf or lightweight fabric (you need enough for a 33" x 12" piece)
• Silver chain - 4 yards
• Small pieces of different chains
• 2 Large beaded pieces or pins (I bought these at Michaels)
• Needle and matching thread
Cut out your fabric - you need a 33" x 12" piece.
I recommend you cut it out on the bias if you have enough fabric.
It helps it lay nicer.
(The bias is a 45 degree angle from the selvage. It's basically a diagonal cut.)
You can see that my fabric was pretty sheer.
If yours is a thicker fabric you might want to cut
down on the width of your rectangle. Try bunching it up.
If it is pretty thick, I'd recommend a narrower rectangle.
With right sides together, sew the rectangle into a long tube.
Turn right side out.
Turn the raw edges under and overlap them, making a circle.
Sew. I did two rows of stitching to make sure it would hold.
It helps to lay out your circle in a necklace shape.
Put the seam on the left, towards the top.
Place a pin on the right side of the circle,
about 1" above the point across from the seam.
That is where we will start wrapping.

Double up your chain so it is 2 yards long.
You will work with the chain doubled as you go - treating it as one chain.
Begin with the halfway point.

Leaving that halfway point with a little space,
wrap the chain around the fabric tube twice.
Feed the other ends of the doubled chain through
the halfway point loop and pull. Don't pull super tight -
you don't want to stress the chain - but so that it is snug against the fabric.
Lay the chain along the fabric for about an inch.
Hold the chain at that point.
Wrap the chain around the fabric tube.
Bring the ends up and run them under the wrapped part and pull snug.
Here is a handy arrow drawing to illustrate. Don't laugh.

Continue wrapping and looping around the bottom of the fabric tube. Keep the distance between loops the same, except for over the stitching line. That can be a bit longer.
When you get just above the stitching, wrap the chain around the tube four times.
Sew down the end of your chains.
If you have chain leftover, trim it off.
Fold in half your two small contrasting chain pieces.
Sew the folded ends to the fabric tube at the top
of your wrapped chain on the left side.

Sew on your large beaded pieces on the left side,
making sure you cover up the seam.
If you are using pins, you can just pin them on,
but I'd recommend sewing these on as well, for stability.
You have just created you own Paisley Rebirth Necklace!
Don't you love it??


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I'd love it if you stop by Flamingo Toes to say hi!
Thanks so much Holly for having me over!
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THANKS Beverly for sharing your talents with us!
I am feeling the need to break out the sewing machine
and try my hand at some jewelry making!
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Happy Weekend Everyone!
I will be back early next week with a SUPER-FAB giveaway!
And a peek at some junking adventures I have been on!
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12 comments :

  1. Ok, I am SO doing this. I gotta tell ya, I like your version MORE than the original and I'm honest to god not just saying that to say it. It's beautiful! The darker colors are a better fit in my opinion.

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  2. Oh yes! One of my FAVORITE knockoff necklaces. Love it, Bev!

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  3. Beverly you are so dang creative... I actually think your necklaces are better than the anthro versions!

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  4. I don't think I have seen a necklace like that before. It's beautiful.

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