I absolutely love Liberty’s of London, especially their fabrics. Whenever I go back to London I visit Liberty’s – sometimes just to walk around and look at things! The fabric department has to be seen and visited – it has so many beautiful fabrics and designs. Last time I visited Liberty’s I bought a bundle of fabrics. I didn’t know what to do with them for a while, I would mainly just look at them! But I really wanted to use them in something that got the beautiful fabrics noticed. These necklaces are a great way to display these beautiful fabrics and designs, and they are fun and different.
These necklaces can be completely hand sewn, and as they are so small it really doesn’t take that much time at all to make them up. You don’t need to be great at sewing for this, the sewing required is really just small hand stitches.
Liberty print fabrics.
Backing fabric – felt is best
Cord: I used 20lb Hemp cord. You could use a heavy cord or even wool.
Needle and thread (use a thread colour similar to the colour of your fabric)
Stuffing of your choice (I used a cotton quilting stuffing)
Heart template DOWNLOAD THE HEART TEMPLATE HERE
I purchased the fabric at Liberty’s itself in London. This is the bundle of assorted fabrics I purchased. It is possible to order directly from them. Amazon also sells Liberty fabrics. You could also try Etsy, Ebay etc. Of course you could use any fabric for this, not just Liberty fabric. Experiment with plain and patterned fabrics.
Download and print off the heart template and cut it out. Print out on printer paper or a thicker card stock. If you find the paper template hard to work with (as you will be placing it and cutting out from it), then consider using card stock or gluing the paper template onto thicker stock and cutting this out. Taking the Liberty fabric pieces cut out the heart shapes from your desired fabric. It is easier to pin the template to the fabric to hold it in place more solidly before cutting out the heart shapes.
Next cut out the backing pieces using the template. I first of all tried these with a linen look fabric, but it was really just too flimsy. I found that the best backing was actually felt, which is available in any craft store or from any craft supplier. Felt is more solid to work with and doesn’t fray. I chose a cream colour felt for the backing of my necklaces, but you could try out all different colour schemes if you wanted to.
You will need a fabric front, a felt back and a cord for each necklace.
Taking the cord, place it around your neck and figure out how long you want the cord/necklace to be, then cut it accordingly. Bear in mind there will be an inch or so used for the knot, so allow for that in your calculations of the length that you will need.. The necklaces look better if they are fairly long. Knot the cord with a simple knot at the end (see photo below). You should now have one large loop of cord.
Next, sandwich the fabric piece, the felt piece, and the cord together. The right/front sides of the heart and the felt backing piece should be placed together, so the wrong (back) sides are on the outside. Mark a small slit on the side of the heart, using a pen or marker. Place the cord through the middle of both pieces of fabric/backing, and pull out the remaining cord along where the slit will be. In the picture below you can see the slit that has been marked out, with the cord coming through where the slit will be (in between both pieces of fabric).
Pin all the pieces together. Pin the cord in place so that it does not move at the top of the heart first (as is demonstrated with the black pin in the picture above).
Hand stitch around the heart shape, making sure that the space in between the marks for the slit, where the cord is coming through, are not stitched up and are left open. Use small neat stitches. You could also do this on a sewing machine if you wanted, but it is such a small piece of fabric it might be difficult to control.
Once the heart is stitched, pull the fabric through the (now open) slit carefully. Use a sharp implement to shape out the heart shape, and ensure that the fabric is all pushed through. You should now have the right/front sides of the fabric on the outside, and the cord should now be in place at the top of the necklace.
Taking the stuffing fabric, stuff the heart as solidly as possible. Using a sharp implement push the stuffing into all the spaces that it needs to go.
Once the heart is completely stuffed, carefully sew up the gap, as neatly as possible. Use a simple ladder stitch to close the slit. Pay attention to doing this step as neatly as possible, as this is now the outside of the heart, and sloppy stitches will be noticed.
Press around the heart to even out the stuffing and fill any gaps that there may be. Cut off any loose pieces of thread and generally just ‘tidy up’ the necklace.
Wear your necklaces and have fun! Wear one at a time or several together.
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