Make Easy Jewellery From Old Clothes

A fun and simple activity for kids and grown ups

This crafty make is a pretty fast and easy project but can look really effective and be made more complex for the more seasoned sewist but simplified even more so for children with no sewing skills. To make this technique even more child friendly simply replace the sewing element with a knot/several knots.

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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 looking to practice their hand/machine sewing

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

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.

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