Make: Recycled Scraps Necklace

by Cat on April 15, 2009

by Designing Mom Rubyellen

I have a large growing pile of fabric scraps. I refuse to throw them away because I am sure they can be used for something. I have been seeing different types of interesting necklaces made of buttons, tulle, and fabric. Then, I figured why not make one out of my scraps…
I think it made my white shirt a little less boring. This was so quick and easy to make.
How to make a recycled scraps necklace (which is very similar to the straps on my braided tablecloth bag):
1. Take your scrap fabric, I cut a .5”-1” snip and tear the rest of the fabric down for a nice frayed edge. Used 3 different fabrics for each strand.

2. Take 3 of the torn pieces and tie the ends together with a rubber band.
3. Braid the 3 pieces together and tie ends together with rubber band when done.

4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 for more strands. Remember you can make the strands any length you want, if run out of fabric, just weave more into the braid.
5. Once all the strands you want are braided, gather one end of each strand together and straight stitch together with sewing machine. Repeat for the other ends of the strands. Snip off any excess.

6. Gather ends of the necklace and sew together (snip excess) or a ribbon can be sewn at the ends to be able to tie the necklace closed, but I just sewed both ends together.

7. Voila! A nice way to make use of all your lovely scraps.
Sorry if the directions get you a little lost, but it really is easy. I promise. You will have so much fun making them and figuring out other ways to do it. It will become you new addiction, trust me, it has already become mine…

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jackie & gabriel April 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm

i love this idea!


Katherine May 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Love this idea! :)


Melissa July 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

So cute! Thanks for sharing.


Becky July 15, 2009 at 3:18 am

I love that idea. I think I want to try it tonight.


shinn August 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Recycled scraps truly make fascinating things, even handmade necklaces… I hope you like the ones you've made.


recycled paper printing February 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Great idea! i love you work! recycled scraps are truly good fascinating things. Thank you for sharing these.


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