Supplies: Cool fabric, fabric scissors, regular scissors, thin cardboard, 1 bail, necklace chain, needle and thread
Time: 20-30 minutes
Earrings are my favorite piece of jewelry, but necklaces are a close second. They are such a great opportunity to showcase special things right near your face. A cool pendant is always eye-catching and can even be a great conversation starter (usually a crafty discussion!). So when I saw this pendant that combines cool pendants and awesome fabric I knew I had to make one. It’s quite simple and it involves hand sewing, which I find to be a very satisfying activity.
Start by cutting a tear drop shape from thin cardboard. I used cardboard from a cereal box and cut two layers because I didn’t have a slightly thicker cardboard. You could actually make any shape, but I decided to go with a tear drop. In the future I’ll probably use a template. My tear drop wasn’t quite right…
Cover the cardboard between two pieces of fabric. I was originally going to use some spray adhesive to hold the fabric in place even better, but that always gets all over my hands, so I skipped it. I think it might not look quite as good with the glue anyway. Stitch around the cardboard with a complimentary thread and tie it off in the back.
Use fabric scissors to cut around the edges of the cardboard. Leave a tiny bit of fabric outside the stitches.
Then attach the bail. Poke a hole in the top of the pendant with a large needle, X-acto knife, or awl if you have one. I just used a needle. Then poke the bail through the top and secure it tightly.
Thread the new pendant onto a chain and wear it proudly! If you want a softer look or you just don’t want to use a bail you can make a little ribbon loop. I haven’t tried this (though I plan to), but I suggest gluing a small loop of ribbon to the back of the cardboard before you cover it with fabric. Play around and make your pendant your own!
Tomorrow morning I leave for New York for a week so I can hopefully find an apartment and move there permanently. I know of several craft stores (pictures will come!) with awesome fabric sections and I can’t wait to find a few awesome fabrics for more pendants! I’ve been crafting up a storm for the last week, so daily posts will continue! Back tomorrow!