A trip to Accessorize will never be quite the same.
Once you begin to break down the cost of costume jewellery a trip to Accessorize will never be quite the same. don’t think that only those with a delicate touch can bejewel, forget beads and tricky wire twists and rip off these chunky, ballsy fabric necklaces.
<b>Project by Victoria Woodcock from the book Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book.</b>
Steal your roommate’s silk scarf and cut it into strips about 12 cm wide (you could also get your fabric from one of your dad’s dodgy silk shirts or the curtains at a stranger’s house party, or even buy some! But thin, patterned silky fabrics work best).
Join enough strips together to form a 2 m long piece: place the right sides together and sew a straight line 2 cm in from the 12 cm edge. Repeat as required.
Fold the strip in half lengthways with the fabric joins on the inside and iron. Whilst ironing, turn under about 1 cm or so on all sides (so that no rough edges can be seen).
When tying the balls up in the fabric, the trick is to keep the rough ends folded inwards for a neat result. Work from the centre outwards. Tie a knot halfway along the strip. Put a ball in the middle of the fabric and push it tight up against the knot. Wrap the ball up in the material, concealing the edges, and tie a knot on the other side to hold it in place.
Continue with more balls either side until you have a string long enough to tie around your neck.
At either end, Sew the two the sides of the remaining fabric together to keep the edges concealed.
You can fasten by sewing or knotting the two ends together; the string needs to be long enough to fit over your head to do this. Alternatively, if you can find a clasp like the one in the photograph, you just twist the end of your fabric, squirt some super glue into the hollow cylinder, and push in the twisted fabric.