Tips and Tutorials Tuesday (A New Linky Party): And DIY Fabric Mood Necklace

February 10, 2015


We are so excited to announce our new weekly Linky party called Tips and Tutorials Tuesday.

Each Tuesday, we’ll offer a quick sewing tip, highlight a favorite product we can’t live without, or offer a tutorial for a project. We invite you to do the same! Link up here, steal our button for your blog, and share the knowledge that you’ve got! It doesn’t have to be a recent post.  Feel free to link up to anything you think others would like to see.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to add your link!

We blog in the quilting world to share information, to improve our skills, to challenge ourselves, and to learn. We hope this new linky party will help us achieve all of these goals.

Guidelines for the Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays Linky Party:

1) The link up will be live on Tuesdays, and will be open til the next Monday night.

2) Your post should have something to do with a sewing tip, a tutorial or a sewing related product you can’t live without.

3) Your linked up post does not have to be a brand new one… feel free to use an older, or freshly re-purposed post. We all have so many great tips and tutorials buried in our blogs. This is a great opportunity to show those off.

4) For the first month, there will be a prize awarded each week to one of the linked up bloggers! The person who has the most popular Tip or Tutorial wins. I am trying out a function using Linky Tools that will allow us all to vote for the best post. The winner of the linky will be announced on the following Tuesday when the next round opens.

5) Just go to my blog to enter. Scroll to the bottom of the Tuesday post and click on the linky icon, and it’s a piece of cake from there.

6) Grab the button using the HTML on my sidebar and add it to your post, linking your post back up to my blog.

7) Visit and vote on your other favorite links!

What’s today’s prize for the winning entry? We have a colorful, modern charm pack of Color Theory by V and Co for Moda!

color theory charm pack


Now… for our first link up day, Michelle and I are offering a fun and easy tutorial for gorgeous, DIY Fabric Mood Necklaces (IG #moodnecklace).

Necklace 1


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 Architextures.

We’ve got a whole bunch of these adorable necklaces that we’re working on now, and we’ll be putting them up in our Etsy store!  Keep an eye out!


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, #moodnecklace. 

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  • Reply Nesta February 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for the lovely tutorial and linky party! Your necklaces would make a wonderful prize!

  • Reply melintheattic February 10, 2015 at 8:26 am

    LOVE the necklace. Great tips!

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    Your necklaces are really nice. Thanks for the link to the Etsy shop where you get the settings; that is super helpful.

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    What a cute idea! This is jewelry making I could handle.

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    I love these kind of necklaces and prefer the simple frames too. Thanks for sharing!

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    Your necklaces are so fun AND pretty! Congratulations on your first linky party. I’ll be back!! 🙂

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    Such a fun idea and that jewelry is so much easier than I thought it would be. I’ll have to give it a go.

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