I reaallllly love fun and unique jewelry.
Ok. So I love all jewelry. But there is something special about a jewelry piece that doesn’t come from your average store – plus it’s so fun to make things that are a little more personal and fit my style. That’s just the case with this little “Hello” embroidered pendant necklace.
I picked up this little wood pendant on Etsy ages ago and I’ve been dying to make it up, but I couldn’t decide what to put in it. I was totally over thinking it. So I decided to just dive in and embroider something fun and simple. And what’s more simple than “hello”?
I pretty much adore it. It’s simple and sweet – and it only took my about a half hour to do. Love that too.
This idea would be easy to do with pretty much any kind of pendant too – if you don’t like wood you could use any metal base and coordinating cabochon. (Cabochon sounds fancy, but it’s just a piece that fits in the pendant. In this case it’s a clear glass dome.)
So are you ready for a tutorial? Seriously this is so fast.
- a pendant base and cabochon. I bought mine here.
- embroidery thread
- mod podge
- e-6000 glue
- chain and closure
Here’s a shot of my wood base and cabochon. You can use any size, you’ll just need to adjust your embroidery accordingly.
Decide on your base fabric and put it in a small embroidery hoop. Trace the cabochon on the section of fabric you’d like to use with a disappearing ink marker.
Now draw out what you are going to embroidery. You can do anything you’d like, I recommend keeping it a simple word or image so that it is easy to see.
For the embroidery, I used 2 strands of floss and did a simple backstitch for the letters. You can find instructions on a backstitch on the How To Do That – Embroidery Page.
You’ll want to use tiny stitches.
Once your embroidery is finished, trim around the circle you traced around the cabochon, you’ll want about an extra 1 1/2″ all the way around.
Now this is optional, but I like to use a very light coat of mod podge to glue the embroidery to the cabochon. It keeps the fabric from slipping around.
Place your fabric over the cabochon and wrap the ends around to the back. Pull the fabric tight without distorting it, so there are no puckers in the fabric around the edges.
(It was completely accidental, but I love that my little French Knot looks like a heart.)
Glue the cabochon into the base with a strong glue. I use e-6000.
Add a chain to your little pendant and you are good to go!
See? Super quick right?
I can think of all sorts of fun fabric combos – though I do love this light floral with the wood. Makes me think of spring.
I hope you’ll give it a try!
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I love this and need to make one. I can think of several reasons I need it:-)
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
This is the cutest little thing, Bev!! I am loving all of the fun ways you are using your embroidery skills. :)
Made my day! Love it and can’t wait to try my long since used embroidery skills…thanks for the inspiration!
Virginia Fynes says
This is such a cute idea, I have to make one too! LOVE!!
Lolly Jane says
So cute! And very creative!! Love it, Bev (:
Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade says
I just snagged a bunch of smallish vintage sheet scraps tonight, and thought “Hey, I should hop on over to Flamingo Toes to find some inspiration!” I am totally going to try my own version of something similar to this tonight. Love it! :)
Yayy! I can’t wait to see it Heidi!
Lisa @ greylustergirl says
I totally thought that french knot was supposed to be a heart! What a happy accident. This is so darling! Pinned!
I love this adorable pendant! Thanks so much for sharing it! Where can I buy the wooden pendant and glass cabochon?
Hello! Can you tell me where I can find this fabric? It’s so lovely and would go well with a craft I am making! thank you so much! love the necklace!
The fabric was from a vintage sheet. It’s a pretty popular print – you might be able to find it on ebay or etsy. :)
Thank you! I did end up finding it on etsy yesterday! Took a bit of searching, but I have some ordered! So excited!
That is so awesome Christa! I’m so glad you found it!
I love this idea so much and have been trying to make my own version.. but keep getting stuck when I glue the cabochon to the pendant. Do you simply fold the fabric in a way that it lays flat? Does the fabric overlap in the back? If you have any pictures of the back of the cabochon before you glue it onto the pendant, I would be forever grateful!
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this pendant! :D
It’s absolutely maddening trying to get the back of the fabric to glue nicely onto the back of the glass. Any tips?
Jennifer Dawn says
I am absolutely in love with this craft! I can’t wait to give it a try. So beautiful. Just wanted to let you know that it’s being feature at this week’s link party. http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2016/01/6-amazing-sewing-projects-to-try-today.html
I love this so much! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We are featuring your project this week.
Pinned and shared. LOVE!! I love everything you post on your blog. Have a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. Linda @Crafts a la mode
Shehla | The Blue Elephants says
This is so cute! I have tons of embroidery floss and no embroidery skills, but I think I can do this. Thanks for sharing!
Megin | VMG206 says
Your “Hello” necklace is darling, Bev! How perfect for Mother’s Day.
I’m visiting from Too Cute Tuesday.
~ Megin of VMG206
I was always wondering how to make these embroidery pendants, thanks for sharing the basic principle! Visiting from Totally Terrific Tuesday
So sweet! thanks for sharing!
Karren Haller says
Such a clever sweet necklace, so many possibilities!
Thank you for sharing on Friday Features this week!
This is the sweetest necklace! I love needlepoint and embroidery. Used to make this pretty pendant is a perfect idea.
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
Simply beautiful! I really like the wood pendent with it. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty