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Time:0h45
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Pretty Easy
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BraidingJewelry Making

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2010
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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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  1. How to make a fabric ball necklace. Diy 'Akela' Necklace - Step 1 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).

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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    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.

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

i like these there diffrent

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Tania L.
Tania L. · Plano, Texas, us

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, us

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, ca · 1 project

i love this!

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AlienShe
AlienShe · Montreal, Quebec, ca · 1 project

i love this!

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melissa
melissa · 12 projects

very nice!!!

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mosskeeto
mosskeeto · Brentwood, Tennessee, us · 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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