Use cork fabric and simple embroidery to create this fun statement necklace!
Cork fabric (or cork leather) is something I had wanted to have a play with for AGES. But I just hadn’t got around to it. Then fate dropped some into my hands, in the form of a mini craft kit from Craftiosity that came in my Blogtacular goody bag.
Run by the lovely Moira, Craftiosity is a modern, bi-monthly craft subscription box that comes with all the materials, tools and instructions to make a fun project! Whats even better, you can get 25% off you first kit by using the code BLOG17.
The instructions in my mini kit were to make a coaster, but I can’t follow the rules, so I decided to make a necklace instead!
You Will Need:
–Cork Fabric – Thin shavings of cork bonded to a strong backing. This isn’t the stuff you get on a roll to make noticeboards with!
How to make a Cork Fabric Necklace:
1.First make a paper template of your shape. To make my semi-circle, I drew around a pint glass, folded it in half and cut along the fold.
2.For an added detail, I folded my semi-circle in half and cut the corner off to create a notch.
3. Place the template on the back of your cork fabric and draw around the shape.
4.Cut out your shape- I found a pair of sharp embroidery scissors the best.
5.Now for your embroidery. I just chose very simple straight stitches in a fan pattern. You can get as fancy as you like! The cork took to being embroidered surprisingly well. You aren’t going to see the back of the fabric, so feel free to draw your design out in pencil. Separate three strands of a your embroidery thread, cut about a metre and tie a knot in the end. Begin stitching from the back to hide your knot.
6.Continue stitching the rest of your pattern, tie off the ends and cut off the excess.
7.Cut a piece of Bondaweb to the same size, or slightly smaller than, your cork shape. With your iron set to two dots, iron the rough side down onto the back of the cork. It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to adhere.
8.Peel the backing off your Bondaweb
9.Place the cork onto the felt and iron again.
10.I really liked the colour of the felt, so left a 5mm border around the edge of my cork.
11.To attach your chain, sew a large jump ring to each corner on the back using the embroidery thread.
12.Cut a ready-made necklace chain in the middle and use smaller jump rings to attach to the cork pendant.
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