J Crew-Inspired Threaded Necklace (with rosette)!

24 May

I was window shopping at one of my favorite stores the other day – J Crew.
I love their relaxed, classic style! 
I stumbled across a really simple, but elegant necklace and noticed that the beads were threaded onto the chain. I loved the look of it. I took this picture with my phone, and unfortunately it’s a little blurry. I wasn’t able to find the same necklace on their website either…
j crew necklace
{sorry  – I took this picture with my iphone so the picture quality isn’t the greatest}

I decided to go home and try making something similar. Of course I had to change it up a little – lol! Here’s what I came up with. I also made another necklace with the same technique, but using kind of seaside-ish colors. And I threw in a beaded rosette for fun too.

Threaded Rosette Necklace Tutorial
(15 minute project)
This is a super easy project and I think it would make an awesome birthday gift too.

So if you want to make one, here’s what I did:
the supplies collage
  • Chain (found in the jewelry section of your craft supply store)
  • Clasps
  • Round beads. I used 8mm.
  • Embroidery Thread or Beading Thread.
  • Needle
  • Fabric for the rosette – 1 inch wide by approx. 30 inch in length.
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue or super glue
thread the string
  • The first thing to do is measure out how long you want your necklace to be. Mine was 24 inches long.
    Then measure your thread twice that length. I double threaded the needle so the thread was very strong.
  • Now measure down about 6 inches from one end of the chain and make a knot in the thread to one of the links in the chain there.
  • Thread on a bead and then interweave the needle through a few of the links. I threaded a bead about every 5-6 links. But you can add as many beads or as little as you want. On the blue necklace, I threaded a few beads next to each other and then wove the thread through another 5-6 links and then added a few more beads…
  • Be sure to hold the one end of chain tight while threading the thread through the links. You want the thread to be the same length as the chain, so there is no gathering of the chain, or excess thread hanging down when you are done.
  • Do this all the way down the length of chain until you get about 6 inches from the other end. Pull the thread tight, so there is no gaps in the thread. Then make a knot at the other end of the necklace. I also put a dab of super glue on each knot to make sure it was secure.
  • Now you can attach your clasp, or if the necklace is long enough to fit over your head, just attach the links at each end together!
cut the fabric
  • Now you make your rosette (optional). I have a rosette tutorial you can reference if you want. Cut a length of fabric. 1 inch wide by about 24-30 inches in length, depending on how big you want your rosette to be.
  • Fold the fabric in half, width-wise and make a knot. Then roll the fabric and glue it with fabric glue as you roll, in a circular motion.
  • You can also thread some beads on the rosette to match the beads on your necklace is you want, at this point.
make a rosette
  • Once you have the rosette finished, glue it onto a piece of felt.
glue the rosettes on felt
  • Once the glue ha dried, cut around the felt and glue the felt with the rosettes onto one side at the top of the necklace. I used hot glue to attach the rosettes to the necklace. And then I glued another strip of felt over the chain to make it more comfortable to wear.
glue felt on chain
And that is it!
Now you have a pretty, threaded rosette necklace to wear this Summer.
threaded rosette necklace
threaded rosette necklace blue
Super fast and super simple! 


Have a Fantastic Tuesday!!! 

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