My mom has been in town visiting on her Spring Break so we have been BUSY! Between the mall, park, pool, shopping excursions (mom doesn't have any fun stores near her so it's a treat to go to Target, BBB, Old Navy, etc when she visits) and playing with 2 kids, we haven't had a chance to relax.
HOWEVER, last night during MOVIE NIGHT (Aristocats) I finally did my ribbon and pearl necklace tutorial (and got my gameday necklace made!) I hope this tutorial is helpful and not too scattered.
Needle & thread
Ribbon - i used 3/8 inch -- about 52 inch
- You want to leave a bit of ribbon on either end of your necklace so you can tie it... so I started 16 inches in and using my needle and thread, made a stitch in and back through the ribbon to secure your thread.
- The way this works, is you thread ribbon, pearl, fold ribbon over pearl, thread the ribbon, then another pearl, etc.
- Now here is where I varied from my 1st necklace: Originally I threaded on a pearl and then each time I eyeballed where the ribbon should go through so it covered half of a pearl. I got gaps in ribbon and it took a while.
- THIS time, at the beginning, I held the ribbon around the pearl and stuck my needle through to see the distance halfway around the pearl.
- I then measured from point to point and I got 13 mm, give or take
- Then I measured down the ribbon marking off each 13mm mark with a pencil (a pen bleeds... I know from experience).
- Then it was simple to thread front of ribbon, pearl, back of ribbon, pearl, front... et
- Periodically push the ribbon/pearls down on the thread to see how long it is and test it out around your neck
- Keep threading until you have at least 16inch or so ribbon left (or more if you are satisfied with necklace length.
- Finish off necklace by making another stitch in the ribbon after your last pearl so it covers half of the pearl (sorry I forgot to take a picture here).
- Tie your ribbon in a knot (or two) on either side of your pearl
- You have a necklace, voila
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