This is an infinity scarf with bead necklace attached... putting my two current favourite creations ... together into one unique, wearable item!
The fabric is a very thin stretch knit. I bought .8 metres and used the width for the length of the scarf (the same as in the infinity scarf tutorial - see blog on "Making your own infinity scarf tutorial").
I made it the same as in the tutorial but instead of sewing one seam along the long edge of the rectangle, per the tutorial, I finished the rectangle of fabric by sewing around ALL the 4 sides with a 5/8 inch seam, right sides together, but stopping to leaving an approximate 3 inch gap.
Next, I turned the rectangle right side out and sewed that gap closed using a top stitch (the same method as in the tutorial).
To make the necklace - I strung the glass beads on 7 strand .015 inch bead stringing wire.
I made 3 different lengths, each one slightly longer than the next:
Next, this part was a bit tricky... I attached the beading wire at each end to a silver bead cap, with a hole in the base, that I found at the bead store. The exact bead cap size unknown but enough to fit an approximately 3/4 to 1 inch piece of fabric inside it.
I added the beading wire into the cap by adding a crimp bead first, then pushing the wire through the hole at the bottom of the bead cap, then putting a small bead through the wire, then looping the wire back through the hole (using pliers) and through the crimp bead again.
I then crimped the bead closed around the two pieces of stringing wire.
TIP: When you do the first loop, you can make it outside of the bead cap and then feed it into the cap, but for the second bead cap, you have to put the crimp bead outside of the bead cap (or you can do both sides the same).
It makes a loop through the bead inside the bead cap with the small bead stabilizing it so it does not come through the hole.
I tried to take a photo of the inside of the bead cap but it didn't work.
Note: the beads in the photo above are not the same colour as those in the remaining photos.
Pay attention to reducing the gap of empty wire abutting the bead cap i.e. try to get the glass bead as close to the crimp when finally crimping it closed so there is not a gap of empty wire between the bead cap, crimp bead and glass bead (I had a bit of a gap on my finished product).
I did both sides of the beads strand inside the bead cap (3 strands = 6 bead caps).
Then I hand-sewed the scarf with needle and thread at 3 equally spaced sections of the scarf (see photo below) at each end gathering an approx 1 inch section by folding the fabric ?accordian style".
These small sections are small enough that would fit into the bead cap (be sure to measure the fit FIRST before gluing.
I then added a small blob of glue (E6000) to the gathered fabric and gently pushed the fabric, with a small stick, into the bead cap (ensuring that any excess glue that came out of the bead cap was removed) and I let the glue set overnight.
How to wear the finished scarf/necklace
Experiment in how you like to wear it
Finished size is approximately:
54 inches length of fabric x 12 inches wide
and 8, 9 and 10 inch bead strands
Whatever way you like to wear it...
Be creative and Have Fun!!
Scarves are a great fashionable accessory to coordinate with any outfit and they are easy to make yourself, for yourself or to give as gifts