DIY Fabric Mood Necklace Tutorial

August 23, 2016

I love these necklaces so much!  Once you’ve gathered your materials, they only take about 10 minutes to complete.

In fact, they’re so easy, you can change the fabric to suit your mood each day! They kind of remind me of those old mood rings we all used to have…. today my mood is Scrumptious.  But tomorrow, it might be Blueberry Park.


A jewelry setting (see below) and chain

A scrap of fabric that’s about 1/2″ bigger than your setting, on all sides

A scrap of batting that is cut to the shape of the inner portion of your setting (optional)

A needle and thread and small scissors

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To begin, let’s talk about the jewelry setting.  Here is an example of one:

jewelry setting

I buy my settings from an Etsy shop called Kailea. She carries settings in all shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find one that’s perfect for you.  Michael’s occasionally has them, but they are usually more ornate than I like, so I prefer to purchase the simple, silver type.

Sometimes the settings come in two pieces, like the one I am showing in this tutorial, and sometimes they come in three pieces, as shown in the picture below. I prefer the three-piece kind, because it has a backing that covers up your extra fabric and basting stitches.

jewelry setting in 3 pieces

Step 1:

Place your setting on top of the scrap of batting. Trace around the jewelry setting with a fine tip pen.

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Step 2

Cut out the shape you traced using a small pair of scissors.

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Step 3

Set the fabric scrap and cut out batting on top of the insert of your setting.  Fold the fabric over to the back side of the setting insert.

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Step 4

With a needle and thread, sew a running stitch around the backside of the setting, much like you would do when basting hexagons in English Paper Piecing.  Fold the fabric over onto itself as you move around the setting. No one will see these stitches, so don’t worry if they’re ugly! Pull the stitches tight at the end, and secure with a knot on the back side of the setting.

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Step 5

Place the frame (with the metal tabs) on top of the setting insert.  Make sure that the fabric is smooth on the front.  Trim the back if any of your fabric looks too bulky.  If you have a backing, place it on the back of your setting insert to cover up those ugly basting stitches. Press the metal tabs down (you may need to use tweezers or needle nosed pliers so you don’t hurt your fingers).

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Step 6

Add your chain, and enjoy!!

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Here’s one with a little fussy cut Anna Maria Horner print:

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I hope you get a chance to unwind and make one of these for yourself in between your other projects.  If you do, show us on instagram, #fabricmoodnecklace. 

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Signature Stephanie at Late Night Quilter

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  • Reply Susan Shaw August 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    What a wonderful idea! Sometimes I want a homemade something for my friends and don’t have the time and energy to make a quilt. Also, I think we all have some fabric we’d love to share with the world in a necklace. I love the fussy cutting, too.

    I am a cancer survivor and the doctors don’t know if the pain in the back of my arm (right close to my armpit) is a side effect of that or if it’s from my fibromyalgia which leaves me weak and tired. Three years ago I lost my husband of seven years and that put me in a funk. However, last October my adult son moved home with me to help him. Then unexpectedly in early March his daughter came to live with us. She turned 3 in July and is a handful. I’d didn’t have these struggles with potty training with my own children. Of course, we don’t know exactly what her life was before she came to us. Then my best sewing machine was in the hospital and I found out it is dead, so I have to make a decision about it. It’s all just part of life. My health is actually better than it’s been in several years. It’s amazing what I can do when I’m put to the test to be a care giver for a little victim. She is really starting to blossom. She does need to be around other children for socialization. So, look out church – here we come. She loved Bible School. I have some new wonderful widow friends. My quiet house is now alive with the sounds of love again. I am determined to start sewing again, if only for a few minutes. My granddaughter is a diva and wants us to have some matching clothes. Maybe we need matching necklaces to start. Thanks for the post. My creative juices are flowing,

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer August 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Your words bring tears to my eyes! I am wishing you joy and happiness. I am so happy to hear you have laughter and love in your life again. Big hugs to you!!!

  • Reply Lisa August 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    These are so beautiful Stephanie. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  • Reply Lisa August 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hi again Stephanie: Is that your own chain or did you get it from Kailea?

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer August 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      I believe I got it from Kailea. But honestly, I forget. I might have gotten it at Michaels.

  • Reply Adrienne Klenck August 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Ok these are just fabulous! Thanks for this great tutorial!

  • Reply cheryljbrickey August 24, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Such a cute way of highlighting your favorite prints!

  • Reply Rosemary September 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve been looking for something like this! Thanks,so much. Last Friday we had to put our dearly beloved cat of 12 years down. He had intestinal cancer that spread to his lymph nodes. We are getting an impression of his paw and I plan to make a copy, in fabric, and make these necklaces for myself and my two daughters. Can’t wait to get the print from the vet-I hope it fits.

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