DIY Fabric Mood Necklace

February 13, 2015


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.

Necklace 1


Here are the materials you’ll need:

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 hydeeann February 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

    the bag seems to have turned out well in the end!
    those necklace pendants are sew cute! perfect for us fabric junkies, right?

  • Reply Lisa February 13, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks for showing us the necklaces – I may have to have some of those.

  • Reply Nicole @ House of Nicnax May 16, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Oh I love this so much! What a great way to use up scraps!

  • Reply sandratimmons June 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Yes, I am interested in your mood necklace and sure would like to order. Very clever idea and I just love it.

    Sandi Timmons

  • Reply Torry June 26, 2016 at 3:31 am

    I have bought a few locket pieces from Joann’s and am planning to make these with my teen granddaughter. I have some old (vintage) handkerchiefs that have lovely embroidery on them, so I think some will be made with those. Thank you for sharing your ideas and how-tos.

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