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Upcycled fabric necklace for Modcloth's Handmade Contest

Added Dec 17, 2010

by northwestisbest

Manchester, Unit...




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A couple of years ago, my sister went on holiday to Russia. Because she travelled around the country on her own – visiting Moscow, Novgorod and St Petersburg – space in her rucksack was at a premium. So I was very flattered when she brought me home a gift of a fabric necklace bought from a Russian market.

There was only one problem. “I wish I’d bought one for myself,” she said. It’s taken me a couple of years, but I finally delved into my collection of fabric scraps. After all, who doesn’t love upcycling? I chose pinks and pastel shades as they’re my sister’s favourites, and made this Christmas gift for her. I just know she’s going to love it.

This necklace would cheerfully complement Modcloth’s Local Hangout Top, as it’s a simple and elegant garment. The colourful necklace would add a touch of colour and fun, but still keeps things appropriate for my sister’s job as a teacher.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.40 PMby salesgirl

    Great necklace!!! I’m trying to do one right now!!!

    So… Did your sister like it then???

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    Dec 17, 2010, 02.41 PMby freaky-philomeen

    Hey, such a fine necklace! A lot of work however…What did you put in? I saw one like this at Amy Butler’s website where they recommend to put in styrofoam balls (sorry, I don’t know how to say better!). I started to make one with small fabric-pieces rolled up (inside) but didn’t finish so far.

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      Dec 19, 2010, 04.46 PMby northwestisbest

      Thanks! It did take quite a long time, but I didn’t mind because it’s for a gift. I used cotton wool balls, bought from the chemist. I used circles of scrap fabric, and did a running stitch around the edge which I then pulled tight around the cotton.

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