Jan 4, 2011

Beaded Bib Necklace Tutorial

this little lovely took quite a bit longer than i had anticipated...
good news?
SUPER CHEAP! 
these seed beads were 50 cents a bag and i might have used 4 little bags, the felt is 25 cents a sheet and the entire spool of ribbon was a dollar...
a $3 necklace!!! woo hoo!

i took one sheet of grey felt and folded it in half long ways and trimmed until i found a shape i liked.. i sewed the beads on sort of imperfectly so the necklace would look a little less fussy...

the straight stitch is pretty simple it just sounds complicated because i sort of suck at explaining things...
you just want to do three beads at a time
 stitch straight down into the fabric and come back up behind the beads you stitched and thread through them again... when you come out the other end thread 3 more and do it again... 
sort of a loop 3 beads at a time to anchor them down...

the little piles of beads are just clusters of 3 you just want to put the needle back in right next to the first bead so the center bead pops up...
like this...
i just filled in every other section like big stripes
to attach the ribbon pin the ribbon to the end of the necklace right sides together and stitch...
flip it over and hot glue the flap down
to cover and protect all those stitches i like to back the entire necklace with more felt...
just a little hot glue (ok... a lot) and cut it out!


all done! so pretty... 
simple... but not a quick project...
a good one to work on if you have a lot of shows backed up on your DVR ;)
( my hubby and i are currently watching 3 or 4 episodes of Without a Trace everynight and we still have like 20 to go... sheesh!)

~selina

if you make one please send us a pic or a link!!!


29 comments:

  1. This is so great. I love the random look of the beads. I'll have to try this :)

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  2. wow, thats gorgeous! idk if i would have the patience to do all that bead work.. but it would be worth it! soo pretty, thanks for the tutorial! :)
    ~Maria-Isabel

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  3. I am so excited about this! I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for the awesome post :) You did a great job explaining (it never feels like it when we do does it?)

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  4. That is an awesome necklace and what about that price! Wow

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  5. This is so great! I totally love it! Now if only I had the time and patience to make one...!

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  6. That is beautiful. You are so talented Selina. Who is your mom?

    from Carrie

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  7. Very cute and time consuming. ;) But what a great project to do while watching a movie! I need to make myself a scarf...another good movie project.

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  8. You guys are adorable and although I love this necklace, probably wouldn't have the patience! But well done! (And $3!? woo hoo!)

    I am part of a "sisters four" as well. They are my heart and soul. I did a post on them here.

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  9. i love it. i have been making bib necklaces for a while now and i have quite a few but i'm in love with this white one!! it's perfect!!

    thanks for sharing!

    allister bee blog

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  10. OBSESSED!!! Pretty sure I need 10 of these in every color of the rainbow!!

    Love you guys!!

    ~Morgan

    MEET VIRGINIA!

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  11. This is so beautiful! I love your new blog make over by the way. :)

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  12. I'm super excited to try this tutorial next! You girls create beautiful things, thanks for sharing your ideas with everyone!

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  13. Those are so neat and look easy enough for me to make.

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  14. Wow, they are beautiful!! I will try to make one for sure.
    Thanks

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  15. Didn't realize it was on felt when I first saw it, would be more delicate, but maybe take more sewing to finsh if done on sheer fabric! very pretty.

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  16. DirtysouthmomOctober 22, 2011

    I thought at first that it was too gaudy, but then, as I was reading the tutorial and looking at the necklace closely  I decided that I really do like it. So Sure If I get a chance to actually make it; I will gladly take a picture of it and send it to you. and Thanks. Nice job. :)

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  17. horseradishJanuary 16, 2012

    I commend you all--but this doesn't look too easy for me--but it is very pretty and your imaginations are wonderful--congratulations

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  18. can you post a pic with this lovely idea on a person please. I'd like to see the compliment and contrast of it on skin :) Thx

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  19. for aaaaaLL the long time it took u to make this, it could have been so very much lovelier had u used nice fabric than felt....i started a similar thing a while back...silk, self lined, & chooose a much nicer ribbon...its all just small scraps anyway, isnt it>?

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  20. Do you know how many beads you used on this particular item? Aproximately... Thanx! :)

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  21. I have made a necklace using a very similar procedure. I used a piece of lace and beaded white beads in different sizes with some pearls as well. When I had finished, I backed it with white felt. It is gorgeous if I may say so. The piece of lace was in a V shape sort of. I've done quite a few projects where you bead on felt or cloth or Lacy's stiff stuff, but I usually do 2 beads at once. Anyway, I might try your beaded necklace, so thanks for the tutorial.

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  22. Gosh! I'm not sure exactly it was a long time ago... ;) I know I used 4 small bags and its not the teeny seed beads... They are the next size up... Hmmmm if I had to guess, prob 100 beads per bag.... Maybe 400?? It's a serious guess, I am not really known for my measuring and counting skills! Let me know how it goes!
    ~selina

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