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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Fabric strip (about 4 x 40 inches, depending on size of marbles and desired length)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Glass marbles and/or smooth stones
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle (with wide eye to fit embroidery floss)

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STEP ONE

Decide how long you want the necklace to be and cut fabric about 10 inches longer than you desire the necklace to be. (For instance, we cut a 40-inch strip of fabric for a necklace that measures 30 inches.) The strip should be about 4 inches wide depending on the size of your marbles or stones—be sure to leave a ½-inch seam allowance.

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STEP TWO

Fold the fabric in half with the wrong side facing out. Sew the two loose edges together down the length of the strip, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance.

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STEP THREE

Turn the sewn strip inside out so that the right side of the fabric is showing.

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STEP FOUR

Tie a knot about 5 inches from the end of the fabric.

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STEP FIVE

Thread the needle with your selected color of embroidery floss and guide it through the initial knot, leaving a small tail above the knot. Secure it to the edge of the knot by making a stitch and guiding your needle back through the loop. Repeat several times.

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STEP SIX

Insert your first marble or rock and tightly twist the fabric underneath.

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STEP SEVEN

Using the floss that is now secured to the knot, wind it tightly around the twisted fabric, and create a knot with the last loop. Insert the next marble or rock and repeat around the remainder of the necklace. You can vary the pattern by adding more than one marble before twisting or leaving the fabric looser in parts. Be sure to leave about 6 to 7 inches of fabric for the final end.

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STEP EIGHT

When you have about 6 to 7 inches of fabric remaining, wind the floss around the final twist and then stitch and loop, as in the beginning, to knot it securely. Leave the remaining floss for now and create a final knot with the fabric. Cut the floss as close as possible to the final fabric knot to complete the necklace. Tip: You can add additional details by wrapping a second color of floss or yarn around the necklace, embroider along the fabric, add beads, or finish the ends of the necklace with ribbon.