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Creative recycling, project 2: textile necklace

Riciclo creativo, progetto 2: collana in stoffa

Textile necklace, tutorial

This simple creative recycling project requires very few scraps of fabric. For a more sophisticated variant, you can choose to use some velvet fabric, possibly in combination with a satin ribbon.


As to know how to customize your fabrics, you can rely on one of the following techniques: dyeing, Shibori, silk painting.


  • 1 fabric scrap: cm 80 x 7 (or 2 scraps measuring cm 41 x 7, simple stitched along the short side)
  • 70 cm webbing (or ribbon), height 1,6 cm
  • 4 buttons (2 cm diameter, or just under)
  • sewing thread and sewing machine
riciclo creativo, tutorial #2, occorrente
Creative recycling, tutorial #2, materials

Main steps

1) Fold in half the short side (right side of fabric must lay internally).

Step 1, creative recycling, tutorial #2

2) Join the layers with some pins, creating a hem (1 cm) on each short side.

3) Sew along the side that has no fold, with 5 mm seam allowance.

Step 2, creative recycling, tutorial #2

4) Turn right sides of fabric out.

Step 3, creative recycling, tutorial #2

5) Machine baste with 5-6 mm stitches, at a distance of 5 mm from the fold, (keep starting and ending tails long). Realize the gathering, pulling the threads, and distribute it over the necklace length.

step 5, riciclo creativo, tutorial #2
Step 5, creative recycling, tutorial #2

6) Include the webbing inside each hemmed edge.

7) Secure webbing and gathering with a seam.

Step 7, creative recycling, tutorial #2 by © prototipa

8) Position each button at the edge joining the webbing.

Riciclo creativo, progetto 2: collana in stoffa
Step 8, creative recycling, tutorial #2

As result:

Riciclo creativo, progetto 2: collana in stoffa
Creative recycling, tutorial #2, necklace by © prototipa
One Of A Kind (grafica © prototipa)

(Highlight image by Wa_Racoon from Pixabay)

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