Natalie Bosworth’s simple-sew necklace is an instant spring update for fabric lovers
25cm (97/ 8") printed cotton fabric (we used Liberty Tana Lawn Clare and Emily in Yellow) 1m (39 3/ 8") piping cord, 1cm ( 3 /8") wide 30cm (11 7/ 8") silver-plated jewellery chain One silver-plated lobster clasp Four silver-plated jump rings Two silver-plated kumihimo end caps, 1.5cm ( 5 /8") diameter Fabric glue Matching sewing thread Rotary cutter Needle-nose pliers
In our book, a smile-shaped necklace in sunshine yellow definitely has the power to turn a frown or two upside down.
You’ll only need a teensy bit of fabric for this make, so scrap happiness is guaranteed. Dig out those prized prints from your stash and let them shine, keeping it fresh with just one fabric, or playing mix and match to highlight the twists.
01 Press the fabric and place it wrong side ( WS) facing. Find the bias by folding the fabric diagonally from the top corner with the left hand edge meeting the top edge. Mark where the fold is at the bottom, then open it out and join that point to the top left corner.
02 Measure and mark three 25 x 5cm (97/ x 2") strips on the bias. 8 Cut them out with the rotary cutter.
03 Press the three fabric strips, stretching each one as you go to create a smooth finish.
04 Pin a strip around the cord with right sides (RS) together, aligning the long edges and leaving 25cm (97/ 8") of the cord end uncovered.
05 Using an adjustable zipper foot, make sure the needle is aligned with the left-hand edge of the foot, then use the hand wheel to carefully stitch through the cord and fabric a few times to secure it.
06 With the zipper foot parallel to the cord, and the needle just going through the fabric seam allowance, sew along the very edge of the
cord, pulling the seam allowance taut as you sew for a smooth finish. Reverse stitch at the end.
07 Slide the fabric tube back on itself over the blank end of the cord and keep pulling so the fabric turns itself RS out. Cut the covered cord to length. Repeat Steps 1-7 twice more so there are three covered cords altogether.
08 With the seams to the back, pin the three cords together, then secure them at the very top using a needle and thread.
09 Keeping the seams to the back throughout, pass the cord on the left over the other two, then the cord now on the left over the next two, and so on, until you have passed each cord over twice. Keep the twist loose and evenly spaced along the length of the necklace.
10 Tease the twisted cord bar into a slight curve, pin in place, then secure the ends together using a needle and thread. Trim all the raw ends to the same length.
11 Squeeze a little fabric glue into each of the end caps, and onto the cut ends of the twisted cord bar. Leave to dry for a few minutes then bring the two together, making sure the cord is fully inserted in the end cap, with the glued sections meeting. Leave to dry.
12 Cut two 13cm (5 ") lengths of jewellery chain, or a length to suit you, then use then needle-nose pliers to attach a lobster clasp to one end of one of the chain lengths with a jump ring. Attach another jump ring to one end of the other chain length. Attach the opposite end of each length of chain to the end caps with two more jump rings to finish, making sure they’re securely closed.