So, pin this one for next year, because it's a keeper! These sweet Mother's Day necklaces turned out even better than I expected. I used this tutorial that was tweaked by Mary Allison at Sew Memphis and then I tweaked it some more to be kid-friendly.
*cotton fabric strip cut 4.5 inches wide from selvedge to selvedge (the extra width here is to accommodate for kid-sewing as well as making sure the fabric is wide enough for the beads to fit easily)
*24 inches of ribbon, cut in half (so 2 pieces of 12 inches each)
*1 inch wooden beads or balls, about 10
To get it ready for my class, I precut the fabric into strips and ironed them in half (so the strips are 2-1/4 inches wide) with the good sides together. This made it a lot easier to machine sew down the open edge. They used the presser foot as their guide.
Next, you turn the tube right side out. The quickest and easiest way I found was to use a safety pin one end and just push and pull it to the other end. Here is a good tutorial if you need more info. I had to do this step for most of the kids.
Next, tie a knot on end of the tube about 2 inches or so down. Put a wooden bead inside of the tube and push it down. Next, tie a knot. Repeat these steps until you are at the end with a little left. End with a knot.
Time to add the ribbon. First, line up the two ends and trim off the longer one.
Next, fold in the ends and slip a piece of ribbon into the fold at least a 1/2 inch down. Sew across the ends, making sure to backstitch.
Look! A pretty necklace! I, of course, had fun shopping for the fabric at Sew Memphis. I choose fabrics that appealed to both the kids and moms. I even made one for my own mom!
While we made this for Mother's Day, it's a perfect anytime necklace. I'm thinking we may make them during Sewing School camp. All the girls wanted one for themselves!