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Inspired by the Akela necklace at Anthropologie - but no way i'm paying $40 for it!
I saw this necklace and loved it, but i hated the price tag. I'm a jobless teenager, do they really want me to pay $40 for a necklace?? It looked simple enough, so i came up with my own rendition! :)

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  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get your cloth, flip it inside out, fold, and sew a tube about 1/2 inch thick. Then, take the tube and flip it right side out. This might take a while, but it's the hardest part of the project, i promise! You might need more than one of these (I used 3).

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Tie a knot about three inches from one of the ends, then slide a bead into the tube and down above the knot. Tie another know, and it should look like the picture.

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Do that as much as you like, and just repeat the process. Remember that your beads don't have to match - they won't be visible. They should just be around the same size. Here are some of the random beads i used!

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 4
    Step 4

    When you get close to the end of a tube, leave about 3 inches again, and then put one bead in. Don't tie a knot over the bead this time.

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take your second tube, and tie a knot with the end of the first tube and the end of the second tube. Then you can trim so it's not visibly very different than the other knots.

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Keep going until you want to stop; you can decide how long you want the necklace. Mine ended up looking like this. Not very fabulous, but it's not done yet ;) When you're done beading and knotting, sew the ends together to get the necklace shape.

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now we're going to make the flower(s). On the original necklace, they're just flower shapes cut out of cloth bunched together and added onto the necklace like beads. I didn't feel like making it like that. I mixed the techniques of Stacie G. and maize hutton and came up with this: Use a running stitch on a scrap strip of matching fabric. Scrunch up as you stitch along.

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using your candle, burn the edges. Mine turned a weird brown colour, which i was not expecting haha, but that's okay.

  • Step 9

    Shape it into a flower, and stitch it in place. Then you can sew a bead into the middle. I used a wooden bead that looked like a cheerio and matched the colour of the burned trim.

  • How to make a ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sew the flower over one of the knots from tying the two tubes together. Then you're done! Enjoy your new statement piece :)

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Andrea
Andrea · Austin, Texas, US · 45 projects

I<3this

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Sue G.
Sue G. · Shipley, Bradford, United Kingdom, Bradford, United Kingdom

i like these there diffrent

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Tania L.
Tania L. · Plano, Texas, United States

I was in the process of making it and noticed that the shirt I was using had a hem that was a bit more than half an inch (it was an XL) so I just cut the hem and used that making it a no saw project.

Just thought I'd share this with you =)

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Tania L.
Tania L. · Plano, Texas, United States

This is perfect! I am not huge on accessorizing because the accessories I own are noisy, cold or just plain distracting.
Absolutely going to try it.

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AlienShe
AlienShe · Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 1 project

i love this!

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AlienShe
AlienShe · Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 1 project

i love this!

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melissa
melissa · 12 projects

very nice!!!

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mosskeeto
mosskeeto · brentwood , ny., United States · 8 projects

that is amazing!

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Chocolate is yummy!!!!
Chocolate is yummy!!!!

AWESOME!!! i luv it... its going on my xmas list!!!!!!!

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Aimee M.
Aimee M.

This is so cute! X3

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