What crafter/artist/sewing enthusiast, etc. doesn’t keep all kinds of bits and baubles in their stash? As creative thinkers, we are hesitant to discard of anything that might be used in some random project in the near or even not so distant near future. This is what inspired me to create my Quilted Charm Necklace.
Quilted Charm Necklace
To make the quilted charms, simply raid your fabric stash scraps for any light colored cotton or muslin. Cut them into 2-1/2″ squares. You will need two squares for each charm. Then grab some really tiny strips of fused cotton muslin, a stamp pad,and some inspiring stamps, and stamp words using StazOn ink. Heat set the ink with an iron. Then fuse the stamped phases to one of the fabric squares by peeling off the paper backing and using the iron to fuse the fabric in place.
Gather some tiny bits of printed fabrics, beads, and wool felt die cuts. I used my Sizzix BigShot die-cutting machine and smaller dies to die cut flowers, vines, and leaves.
Embellish each charm as desired. Use your imagination. Use your bits and baubles leftover from other projects or even old repurposed charms and other jewelry bits, vintage fabrics, flat-backed stones… the sky is the limit when you are creating this quilted charm necklace! Once you have embellished each square to your liking, use the sewing machine to stitch items in place, adding a cool mixed media feel to your necklace. Beads will have to be hand-stitched using strong thread and a beading needle. Beadalon is a great source for these materials.
Now you are ready to assemble your quilted charms. Cut 2-1/4″ squares of interfacing that will serve to give “body” to each of your charms. Sandwich the interfacing between the two fabric squares and sew the edges together. I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each charm.
Use some jewelry chain, jump rings, and some assorted bits of beads and stones. Mine came from a pair of beaded sandals my aunt didn’t want to wear any longer. The lined crystals came from a favorite necklace that broke. Look around your stash of mis-matched earrings and broken jewelry stash and I will bet you will come up with all sorts of cool things for your Quilted Charm Necklace.
I hope this inspires you to think about unusual ways to mix mediums together and come up with some unique creations in 2014! I love quilting and I love jewelry so I thought of a way to marry the two. What do you love?
Live Life Creatively,
Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)