“The things you fear are undefeatable
not by their nature
but by your approach”
My daughter loves puzzles, patterns and building things in symmetrical structures. Teaching her how to make her necklace look symmetrical and having all the gems fit like a puzzle on the felt didn’t take long. She wasn’t sure how this would end up into a necklace, but I told her that I would finish it when she woke up from her nap. I left the final product tied around the neck of her pink pony. When she awoke, she saw her pony wearing her necklace, and smiled. “Aww… my pony is wearing my necklace!!!”
She wore her necklace to dinner on Labor Day, and seeing it on her made me proud to know that she designed her own jewelry. I would have never thought that all those pink gems would make the emerald and amber ones pop out so perfectly. Believe me when I say that I did tell her, “Perhaps you should try to use some other colors…?” She responded with, “Umm… its okay mommy, I just want all the pink ones.”
“A style of necklace that mimics a baby’s bib, with a thick section on the chest and a thin cord going around the back of the neck.”
1. Fold paper in half (I used the thick back cover of an old magazine), and draw your own template on the fold. Cut template out. This is where you can make adjustments if you don’t like the shape of your template.
2. Fold felt in half, and place template (on fold) on felt fold. Cut felt out.
3. Design the layout of the gems on top of felt. Take a picture of it just in case it falls off (mine did) as I was taking it to the glue gun.
4. Carefully glue each gem onto felt. It helps to align the holes of the gems so they are in a place that can easily be threaded from one gem to the next.
5. Secure each gem by threading each one into the pre-drilled holes. You will want to start from underneath threading up into a hole, and coming back down through the felt for each hole.
6. *OPTIONAL* I hand-sewed each tiny black bead individually to cover up the felt to make it look more elaborate and less like a Sunday school project so that she could wear it to parties and not just for fun. This will take up a couple hours of your time if you have that to spare. I did this all during Evie’s nap time.
7. I used black ribbon (cut 2) and hand-sewed it to the edges of the final product.