FREE video tutorial: jewellery made from old clothes
Fantastic quick and easy sewing project for beginners and children
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
Experimenting and adding to this basic idea to create your own unique necklaces and wristbands
watch my free online tutorial below:
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.
Cut strips approx 1cm wide from your fabric to your desired length (for the length of necklace you would like).
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.
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.
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.
Add beads/buttons/sequins or anything else you can think of!
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.