Guest post series: refashion jewelry

by kath_red on 18/03/2011

in Guest Series 2011, Whip Up Tutorials

I am so happy to welcome to Whipup, Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.

Over at my blog I love to sew, paint, organize, photograph, decorate, and upcycle. I especially love boy projects because I have two little guys, but I also enjoy making something for myself here and there.

I have a simple tutorial to help you turn broken jewelry into a new hip jewelry. I had a necklace that had three strands with some orange beads on it and it broke. It was cheap to begin with, so I wasn’t surprised, but I couldn’t part with it. So, I turned it into this.

Here’s what I did. I cut strips of fabric and washed them so they would fray a bit. (I used some creme-colored canvas I had lying around.) I had to trim the frayed strips up a bit afterwards, but the dryer helped give them that frayed edge I wanted. (Tip: I like to wash my fabric strips in a laundry bag so I don’t have to sort through the whole load of laundry to find them and so they don’t get tangled with the other laundry.)

I took my broken necklace and cut it into three separated strands.

I glued the three strips of fabric together at the top, set a chain on top of each strand, and then I braided them together as shown.

The beads pop out here and there giving the necklace a fun pop of color. When the necklace seemed to be the right length I cut the strips and hot glued them together at the end. I cut off any stray strings of fray that had come out.

Lastly I glued a long narrow strip to each end so the necklace could be tied on. I love the idea of mixing different metals and fabrics to create unique jewelry.

And there you have it. Thanks for having me Kathreen. All of you are welcome at my place anytime. -Cheri

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1 Jessica at Me Sew Crazy March 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

I am in love with this! Great idea! Thank you!


2 KatrinaGelino March 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

Beautiful! I will definitely be trying this. I work with beads,wire, and fabric all the time to make jewelry. I recently got into leather…you can see what I came up with on my site if you wish. Yay Crafters!


3 Katie March 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

I love t-shirt necklaces! I’ve never thought of braiding a necklace through it, this turned out absolutely fabulous.


4 kimbowest March 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

love love love


5 Trina March 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing Cheri :)


6 Lisa March 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

That’s really fun! I love the idea of braiding in something old.


7 Kristina March 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Very nice, love it!!


8 Jayna Rae March 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Really cute!!! I just saw something like this yesterday at Forever 21 and was thinking that I should try to re-create it. Now I can just follow your directions.


9 Berg4 March 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Very cute Cheri!


10 Carolyn March 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

nice! thx!


11 Cityrocka June 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

How wonderfully shabby chic! The coral color simply pops against the neutral fabric hue, and your necklace world look great with any flirty outfit ;)


12 Cate June 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

Great idea! Thanks for sharing–looking forward to trying this.


13 Ali October 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Love this idea. My daughter has broken so many of my necklaces. I’m going to try this!


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