Embroidered Necklace Tutorial

I’m not very good at accessorizing. I tend to default to scarves and … that’s about it.

So, in an effort to broaden my horizons, I decided to make a simple DIY necklace that was easy to wear with my everyday not-at-all-fancy outfits.

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Awhile back, I found a variety pack of different pendants on a daily deal site. They are very similar to these.

Truthfully, I had no idea what I was going to do with them when I bought them. But when I saw how deep this one was, I decided to embroider some fabric to put inside it.

Remember that embroidery from my previous post?

Now, I use the term embroidery a little loosely. I have no technique. I have no skills. It’s all pretty random but intentional stitching [if that makes sense]. I used a jersey knit fabric, but only because I liked the color. It wasn’t ideal. A non-stretchy fabric would work much nicer for this project. If you do use jersey, add some interfacing behind the fabric to stabilize it a bit.

After cutting the fabric to the shape of the pendant, [which I definitely recommend doing before gluing … my shape is a little off, because I glued it in first without making sure the size was exactly right] I used this Fabri-Tac glue to attach the fabric to the pendant. I like that this stuff is strong and the fabric is definitely stuck to the pendant. It dries really quickly, though, so you have to get your fabric onto the pendant fast. And you have to smooth it out, or it is a little “lumpy” after it dries. You can peel the fabric carefully off the pendant after it’s dry, if you need to, but then you’ll have a layer of dried glue on the back of your fabric. Mod Podge would be a great option too.

All ready for a chain!

Look at me, all accessorizing.

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