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How to Make a Fabric-Wrapped Cord Necklace or Bracelet

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Brighten up your wardrobe with these fun and colorful accessories!

Brighten up your wardrobe with these fun and colorful accessories!

Fabric Jewelry Craft Ideas

I love fun and funky jewelry. I just don't have the funds to buy some of the pricey pieces that I see in the stores.

I also love crafting with fabric and, luckily, I do have a lot of fabric. In my craft room there are boxes and shelves piled high with brightly colored fabric that is just begging to be used in a project.

I decided to combine these two loves, jewelry and fabric, and make something fun out of them.

The result is these gorgeous fabric wrapped cord bracelets and necklaces. I think they have a cool ethnic look to them.

They can be made in any color combination imaginable and take little time to finish. They are also lightweight and durable.

Luckily I had all of the supplies on hand, even the clothesline cord, but if you don't, they are easy to find.

Try making one of these colorful bracelets or necklaces for some added flair in your jewelry wardrobe.

Any color combination of fabric and embroidery thread works with these beautiful bracelets and necklaces.  They are like eye candy!

Any color combination of fabric and embroidery thread works with these beautiful bracelets and necklaces. They are like eye candy!

You don't need many supplies to make these cute fashion accessories.

You don't need many supplies to make these cute fashion accessories.

Tip

Cover your work surface with an old towel. This way the surface doesn't get glue on it and you can wipe the glue off of your fingers too. Remember that it should be a towel that you can throw away since the glue is permanent.

Supplies

  • Fabric strips: 1" - 3" wide and almost any length
  • Fabric glue: Permanent hold and clear drying
  • Cotton clothesline cord
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
Step 1: Lay out fabric and cord

Step 1: Lay out fabric and cord

Step 1: Lay Out Fabric and Cord

Cut the desired length of cord.

  • For a bracelet: Wrap the cord around your wrist. Make sure it is large enough to slip over your hand, but not large enough to slip off easily. Then add about 1 inch for the seam. It's better to cut it a little longer and take off length if you need to.
  • For a necklace: Drape the cord around your neck and cut to the desired length. Make sure it's long enough to fit over your head when finished.
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Step 2: Apply the fabric glue

Step 2: Apply the fabric glue

Step 2: Apply the Fabric Glue

Apply fabric glue to one end of the strip of fabric. It should go on the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 3: Start wrapping the fabric around the cord.

Step 3: Start wrapping the fabric around the cord.

Step 3: Start Wrapping the Fabric

Place your fabric on the diagonal in relation to the cord, then begin wrapping with the top corner of the glue side of the fabric. Start about two inches in from one end of the cord. Pull fabric snugly as you work, trying to get out as many wrinkles as possible.