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Susanne Necklace

Added Jul 20, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Here is how to make coiled fabric beads! This easy to make necklace spices up any simple shirt or dress. Make as many as possible and layer them on top. All different colors for a spring look, shiny golden fabric for some glam or leather for a sleek look. It works great as a quick present idea if in need for a personal surprise.

Material Notes

Fabric, Leather, Cord




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Evening Wear



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    Jul 27, 2009, 08.06 AMby seemane

    I think the Tara Top is very similar to the black top shown in the photo with the necklace?

    Tara Top

    Black Top Shown with Necklace

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    Jul 26, 2009, 02.00 PMby Sinibaldi

    In the reason that care….

    I try to discover a whole day and so, when a cloud disappears, a secret appears in my mind recalling the young soul and the world of your dreams…

    Francesco Sinibaldi

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    Jul 24, 2009, 06.06 PMby rileyroy

    The necklace is OK but personally I learned how to do that in the 3rd grade. That top on the other hand is a work of art. Please can that be next weeks pattern?

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    Jul 24, 2009, 11.28 AMby decor8t

    This is my first day on this site. The necklace is creative but doesn’t seem related to sewing except for the fabric beads, just my humble opinion. . .

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    Jul 24, 2009, 08.20 AMby marle777

    The comments here are disappointing and should clue Burda into an ongoing problem here. This isn’t a pattern and it most certainly IS a child’s preschool project updated to use fabric instead of paper. For most of us, it’s kind of insulting actually, but for those who need an idea of what to do with scraps and five minutes of their time it’s ideal. Sorry to have to be ‘negative’ but honest feedback is important and to sugar coat everything eventually leads to cavities. :)

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    Jul 23, 2009, 07.21 PMby nattysouza

    That top is hot! Where’s the pattern?

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    Jul 23, 2009, 11.53 AMby skwarynia

    Hmm.. as everyone I’m a bit dissapointed… Thought it will be this cool top but a how-to? So what for is a pattern for this? Hmm maybe burdastyle doesn’t have something intresting to put, so this is uploaded. But i’m waiting for the next monday to see sth cool!

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    Jul 23, 2009, 07.26 AMby mommamaded

    Oh yes, and if you never post a pattern for that top, I won’t mind. It’s not my style.

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    Jul 23, 2009, 07.25 AMby mommamaded

    Way to go, Burda! Forgive the nay-sayers who only lust after the pattern for the top :) Thanks for this fun, stylish necklace idea. I have tons of little fabric scraps that I couldn’t bear to toss out (this one is sparkly and that one has pink skull and crossbones!) but they were taking over my sewing basket. I am going to make a bunch of these necklaces with my artsy-craftsy kids to show them recycling can be glamorous, dahling!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 08.18 PMby seepotential

    Maybe the necklace was not the most inspiring and the top is very cute, but the necklace idea and instructions will be very helpful to me, a high school art/fashion teacher. My students will love this bc it is IG , we can use fabric scraps and learn about different textiles at the same time. So thanks. We’ll do earrings to match!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 07.28 PMby allygally

    Once again, negativity abounds. I find that to be disappointing…

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    Jul 21, 2009, 06.12 PMby earthkitten

    I agree with ‘littleredfox’…..I’m pretty shocked at how many negative comments this how-to has garnered…..??

    I love the necklace AND the top, how about that?

    Thanks again for a great idea. :)

    xoxo Heidi (earthkitten)

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    Jul 21, 2009, 06.06 PMby fleurdeternite

    Thanks modernvintageworkshop:0)

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    Jul 21, 2009, 05.36 PMby blueberrysal

    I’m excited about this how-to, I hate to throw away even the tiniest scraps of fabrics and I never thought of beads before!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 04.48 PMby littleredfox

    wow. tough crowd around here. i, for one, love the necklace! it’s a great idea for a gift and i love all the different kinds of patterns we get here. thanks for posting it! great site!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 03.00 PMby modernvintageworkshop

    The necklace is fun! that t-shirt AWESOME!!! i remember an old video TUTORIAL on “HOW TO CROCHET A NECKLINE” on threadbanger.com i just posted it: www.themodernvintageworkshop.blogspot.com it features some nice designer from brooklyn. hope that helps some of you! i have tried it and it looks GORGEOUS! but i am sure burdastyle will provide us all with a tutorial on a shirt like that as well!!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 02.24 PMby auburnlee216

    i am all about this neclace!! it’s a great way to recycle old fabric scraps, and what an easy fun gift! thank you burday style!!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 01.17 PMby everythingsfree

    I have to say, I’m disappointed with all the disappointed comments here. Just because it isn’t a shirt pattern or a pattern for an article of clothing instead of an accessory does not mean it can’t be an inspiration to someone. I was pretty impressed with the gold fabric which makes it not even look like it is made out of fabric.

    And then Allison comes here and apologizes for no reason (Burda never said they would only do patterns for clothes) and people keep asking her for a tutorial for a shirt she actually designs and sells?

    It’s a big turnoff to have so many commenters be so negative every Monday.

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    Jul 21, 2009, 10.01 AMby fleurdeternite

    Or maybe for Burda you can have your own version of your best seller top? You are a great designer. It would be awesome to wear one of your design.

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    Jul 21, 2009, 09.56 AMby victors

    We were taught to make these ‘beads’ back in primary school. I used to look forward to Tuesdays but am in agreement with the majority. Disappointed.

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    Jul 21, 2009, 09.55 AMby fleurdeternite

    Well, I agree with everone this post is disappointing even if on your side Allison the intention was good. Do you think next time you will have a free pattern from one of your top? This will be exciting.We need Burda to inspire us.You can do it. It would have been nice to get the pattern of your top and as a bonus the pattern of the necklace.The pattern of the necklace is not substantial enough.Thanks for reading.Have a good day!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 08.40 AMby alisondahl

    I designed the shirt in the photo for my clothing line Dahl a few seasons back. The top is called Victoriana and has been my best seller ever. I made the crocheted piece myself and have since found someone to crochet the inlay for me for production purposes. Apologies for misleading anyone- I really thought the NECKLACES was what really stood out in the photo!!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 04.35 AMby redredhoodie

    I just watched episode 3 of Project Runway US Season 3 and noticed, that the contestant Allison Kelly wore the same top as on the photo. I`m wondering weather she designed it as she lives in NY, too. Or maybe it`s just bought.

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    Jul 21, 2009, 04.05 AMby littlemissstitch1

    Ooooooh… I thought this was a pattern for the top… gutted as it’s just what i’ve been looking for… thanks as always for the free pattern… but can we have a pattern for the top next week…. Pleeeeeeeease ;-)

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    Jul 21, 2009, 03.33 AMby meseide

    Like all the others I was totally excited when I saw the top and didn´t even notice the necklace. A little bit disappointing.

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    Jul 21, 2009, 02.44 AMby cybersewer

    I agree with you all – very disappointed with this week’s offering. In fact – I was a bit miffed with the bag a few weeks ago and some of the other patterns. Given the plethora of talented people who are members of and work for this site, I have found the patterns offered on a Monday (though always realistically a Tuesday for us here in the UK) generally pretty uninspiring and I can’t remember the last time I downloaded one of them.

    Like some others I didn’t even notice the necklace in the pic at first… the top is gorgeous though and was so excited at the thought of a free pattern for something so fashion-forward.

    Come on Burda – sort it out!!

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    Jul 21, 2009, 01.05 AMby lauriana

    I agree with all the others. I didn’t even notice the necklace in the thumbnail. Thought this was (finally, considering the time she’s been filling on the blog) an Alison Dahl pattern.

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    Jul 20, 2009, 11.48 PMby sewella

    Ha, ha – you got me there too! I just started drooling over the dazzling top when I realized the pattern is actually a necklace!!?? Well, there you go…

    …another Monday maybe…

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    Jul 20, 2009, 08.28 PMby meganisfulloflove

    this top would be so cute with a see through insert and jersey knit or silk. Please post pattern for this top next week!!!

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    Jul 20, 2009, 05.48 PMby sallybentz

    I was also very excited when I saw the shirt. I even gasped. I would never buy a shirt like that, but if I made it I would wear it! I agree that the shirt is too busy for the necklace. I am sad, but there is always next Monday.

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