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diy braided jersey necklace

November 2, 2012

Anyone who sews knows that you end up with a ton of fabric remnants. Throwing them away seems wasteful, so I’m always trying to think up creative ways to use them. I made this necklace by braiding together strands of jersey and sewing on suede ties as a closure.

  • Jersey fabric (or you can use old t shirts)
  • Suede 
  • Leather needle


[Cut 3 strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 14 inches long. Cut another 3 strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 16 inches long]
[On each strip of fabric, sew a straight line down the outer edge creating a tube. Turn inside out]
[Sew a line through the 3 shorter strands connecting them]
[Braid the strands and sew the other end together]
[Repeat the steps with the longer strands and sew the 2 braids together at the ends]
[Cut 6 strips of suede 11 inches long. Braid 3 together, sew the top and knot the end. Repeat]
[Cut out 4 triangles approximately 1 3/4″ wide and 2″ tall. Cut off the points at the top of the triangle]
[Starting at the bottom sew on the front suede piece. When you are finished, sew on the back]
[Sew the front and back together at the side. When you get to the top sew the braided strap in between the two pieces. Sew the final side together. Repeat on the other braided end]

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    Daisy Nguyen
    November 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    You make it looks so easy & fun! I LOVE the necklace!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

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    November 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    LOVE THIS! And great step by step tutorial 🙂 Thanks for sharing! ~Stephanie

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    November 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    fab DIY! looks great xx


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    November 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Great idea I love this!

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    Emily Daniels
    November 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I love how your DIYs always look so professional!

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    November 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    You are so talented!

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    November 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Saw this on Craftgawker. What a great idea!

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    November 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Fantastic idea!!!

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    Michelle Evans
    November 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    This looks store-bought! Wonderful!

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    November 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I totally love this!

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    November 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    How does it connect in the back?

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      Gina Michele
      November 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      You can tie a knot with the braided ties.

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    Taylor Hart
    November 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I'm so trying this!

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