FREE video tutorial: jewellery made from old clothes

Fantastic quick and easy sewing project for beginners and children

I wanted to come up with a quick and easy sewing project that children can get involved with, and ideally that re-uses old clothes and fabric scraps, as my objective this year is to reduce wastage in my sewing and my life in general ...I’ll definitely be trying this with my 4 year old as he’s already asked for a wristband of his own! Not sure how it’ll go with my 1 year old though; wish me luck!
— Emma: Stitch Me Happy

This project is brilliant for:

  • Teaching children how to plait

  • Teaching basic hand sewing to children

  • Using up fabric scraps and re-using old clothes

  • Crafters who don’t have a sewing machine

  • Beginners

  • Experimenting and adding to this basic idea to create your own unique necklaces and wristbands

watch my free online tutorial below:

Basic Instructions

  1. You need: fabric scraps or old clothes in stretchy light to medium weight materials, a hand sewing needle and matching thread, a peg/clip and ball of blue-tack, small pieces of felt. Optional extras: sewing machine, ribbon, beads/buttons/sequins.

  2. Cut strips approx 1cm wide from your fabric to your desired length (for the length of necklace you would like).

  3. Sew strips together at one end and plait the strips using the clip and blue-tack to keep the strands in place on a hard surface. Experiment with other techniques such as triple plaits, 4 piece plaits, knotting over plaits, thinner or fatter plaits.

  4. Sew the end when you’ve finished your plait and then either sew the 2 raw ends together if it’s long enough to go over your head, or sew a piece of ribbon to each end if you’ll need to tie it.

  5. Cover over the join/s with a piece of felt wrapped around and overlapping; sew it in place by hand sewing stitches along the ends and join.

  6. Add beads/buttons/sequins or anything else you can think of!

  7. For a wristband, simply make a shorter length (just ensure you can get it on and off) and sew together by hand in the same way; again experiment with doubling the plaits up and using different colours of fabric.

I hope you like this easy and fun project - I’ll be sharing another free sewing tutorial with you soon!
— Emma: emma@stitchmehappy.org
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