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


Thank you to Kathrin from Annekata for joining me here at whipup today, where she will be sharing a simple, doable fabric jewelry project from a salvaged t-shirt.

I’ve always been inspired to make things using my personal interpretation of slow design. My material of choice is usually rescued or salvaged and then transformed into interesting, functional items and accessories. I love hand-sewing, but also enjoy developing unusual designs. Born in Germany, I’ve lived in Cologne, Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and New York City (a real urban nomad). Currently, I enjoy a slower pace of life with my husband and daughter in upstate NY. For more tutorials and interesting ideas, visit my blog:

T-shirts are one of my favorite materials. In my closet, they’ve become skirts, scarves, hair bands and corsages. They’re comfortable, abundant in every wardrobe and can be found in any second hand shop. When working with a material, I usually try to use as much of the original as possible. When it comes to t-shirts, the one thing which is always left over is the neckline. Mmmh, could this small fabric scrap possibly be integrated into a project?

So I started to experiment. First by cutting out the neckline and pulling it over my head. It looked pretty….stupid. But the direction was right. The more I cut, the more the idea revealed itself. The result was a comfortable, and unique piece of fabric jewelry with the added benefit that it’s so easy to make that it can be “whipped up” by children and non-sewers alike.

– t-shirt
– scissors
– ruler (or not, if you have a good eye)
– safety pin
– thread
– glue (if you’re a non-sewer)
– trim, buttons, beads for decoration

1. Cut off the neckline and the piece which will become the necklace. It is usually surged and will not unravel. Then cut a long 1 inch wide strip “along the grain”. That means cut from the bottom hem into the direction of the shoulder, not across the shirt. Pull the strip and it will curl along the edge giving it a finished look.

2. With the help of a safety pin pull the string through the opening of the neckline. Voilà! It’s done. Now it’s time to decorate: The grey necklace features a piece of trim which was then sewn onto the neckline. The blue one has a simple ruffle sewn onto it. If you don’t feel like sewing at all, beads can be glued, which makes the necklace less flexible, but this way it is a hit among the younger girls:

There are many ways of decorating. Use embroidery thread, buttons, beads or flowers. Sew on trinkets and tasseled trim. Use velvet ribbon, make the necklace long or short, it’s your choice, but have fun exploring.


While I am not a big jewelry wearer – I do like the occasional piece to make an outfit really special – why not whip up your own:

chiffon and chain necklace (pictured)
Frou Frou necklace
pea pod necklace
faux gold dino pendant
macrame necklace
leather leaf necklace
lace and pearl necklace
summer seashell and melon seed necklace
creative zipper necklace
leather leaf necklace
zig zag rope necklace
anthro inspired bead and ribbon necklace
cork silhouette necklace
yoyo necklace
tribal necklace
wrapped beads necklace
silhouette bird necklace
falling water bead necklace
wrapped string necklace
chain and ribbon necklace
ribbon and bead necklace
loops and washers necklace
anthro beads and ribbon necklace
ribbon necklace
knotted sea shell necklace
velvet and brocade charm necklace
brocade necklace
badminton necklace
woven flower necklace
frayed necklace
mixed media necklace
plastic canvas pendant
stacked crochet necklace
jersey necklace
upholstery and pearl necklace
pleated fabric necklace
leather chain necklace
silhouette necklace
leaf and branch necklace
friendship necklace
Tape necklace
jersey scarf/necklace
interchangeable zipper necklace
crazy bead concoction
button necklace
another button necklace
fabric button necklace
fabric pinwheel necklace
fabric covered beads
fabric and beads necklace

Bracelets and bangles and bands:
Leather armband
felt and yarn bangle
pvc pipe bangle
sailors knot bracelet
rose cuff
button bracelet
polymer clay bracelet
lucite flower bracelet
chunky beads and knots bracelet
upcycled leather bracelets
summer bracelets
shrinky plastic bracelet
crochet a bead and wire bracelet
leather cuff
quick fix leather band
wrist corsage
beaded bracelet
bling bracelet
volcano bracelet tutorial
turquoise wrap bracelet
striped bangles

Rings and earrings:
felt rose earrings
twisted wire hoop earrings
tassel earrings
scrap earrings
the flower ring
fly feather earrings
woven seed ring
eraser ring
paper clip ring
stitched jewel earrings
soda can earrings
mod podge ring
shrinky cat earrings

Family tree twisted wire brooch
jewel corsage brooch
button wire brooch
felt raincloud brooch
fabric rosette brooch or hair piece


who knew melon seeds could look so good! Check out little treasures and her series on creating organic and natural jewelry pieces. Melon seeds jewelry tutorial.


I love these – and this tutorial is very clear – make a jersey necklace.

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