As a gal who does quite a few crafty projects, I often find myself with an abundance of usable scraps. It pains me to throw them away, and there are only so many times you can con your friends into taking sacks of fabric remnants before you’ve filled their craft storage space. My new goal is to come up with different projects to utilize these leftovers. This daisy necklace is my first fun project with scraps, and it’s awesomely easy!
-white scrap fabric (I had some pretty crushed velvet in my stash)
-white leather or vinyl
-gold ribbon crimps
-gold lobster clasp
-gold jump rings
-needle and thread
-craft glue (optional)
To begin, cut a length of scrap fabric to fit around your neck. (Mine was approximately 2″ x 13″.) Place two strips of stitch witchery across the bottom portion (wrong side of the fabric) and fold in half. Press with a hot iron.
Once your strip of scrap fabric is pressed, trim the raw edge so it’s straight and smooth.
Next, draw out a four petal template on a piece of paper or cardboard. Trace around the fabric on the back side of your leather. Cut out as many flower shapes as will fit across your fabric strip. I opted not to go all the way around my fabric because my hair loves to get tangled up in accessories. No, thank you.
If your gold buttons have raised backs like mine, cut slits in both layers of your daisy for the back to push through. Insert your needle and thread through the back side of your fabric strip and out the front, through the button hole, and back through to the back. Don’t worry about knotting your thread. It’s best to keep two tails that you can tie together on the back. Trim the tails and repeat.
When all of your flowers are attached, finish off the necklace with your ribbon crimps and lobster clasp. Instead of buying chain for the other end of my necklace, I simply connected several jumprings. When my daisy necklace was finished, I opted to use craft glue to help hold the petals down, but that’s totally your choice. Either way looks cute!
I was a little nervous as I was making this because I wasn’t sure how much I would actually wear it. As it turns out, I wear it A LOT. The leather and velvet are so soft around my neck and the daisies give such a pretty accent. I call this a scrap fabric DIY win! Happy crafting, friends! xo. Katie
Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.