Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Memento Necklace

Hello Readers. Do you save little mementos as you travel through life? I do. I try not to be a hoarder but some things are hard to throw away. I try to find a way to use them instead of hiding them away in a drawer. My project today came about as I tried to find a way to save/use a little memento I got from a recent wedding. 
I love weddings, doesn't everybody? There's love, joy, music, dancing, cake,.... what more could you want?

Cords of many colors.

When I got to this fabulous wedding (Seriously, it was fabulous, and they put it all together in 3 weeks. Amazing!) there were little place cards that had a cute little brass key attached. Super cute. The cards told me where to sit and what I was having for dinner. 

My whole family went to this wedding, so I had several keys. They were a few different designs and I kept them for a couple weeks as I decided what to do with them. I thought I could make a little pendant necklace with some or all of these keys. I ordered some leather cords pre-cut to a necklace length. It was $6.99 for approximately 2 dozen cords of various colors on Amazon. 

I chose this neutral taupe sort of color and put it through the top of each key. I tied a knot so the keys would stay at the center front of the necklace. I adjusted the over all length so the necklace was a nice length for me and tied a simple knot at the end. I cut off the excess and that was it.

The leather cords were soft and easy to work with. I like long necklaces like this, they are easy to wear. I saved a few cords to make a few more necklaces in the future and my daughter took the rest of the cords. She said they would make great friendship bracelets.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.
And congratulations to the Mulders!

2 comments: said...

Hi there! My name is Dana and I love your blog. It is by far the best of the refashion blogs I read! Thank you!

I don't have any pictures for you, but I refashioned a plain sweater by adding three inset hearts across the chest (zig zagged around the edges, then the sweater cut away to reveal the hearts) and cropping the too-long sleeves and adding trim to match the hearts. It was my first refashion on a $5 sweater from Goodwill! THEN, I resized a too-large jersey shirt (with "Lukenbach, Texas" on it, $1.99, also Goodwill) by trimming sleeves and the torso - AND, I had a friend give me two pairs of jeans (for free!) that were too large in the legs, length and waist (but fit my rear!) that I shortened, cut off width AND took in the waistband. They aren't perfect, but only I will ever see the mistakes. :) Thank you for inspiring me to be brave and go for it!

This week, I am going to shorten a too short sweater dress to be a tunic I can wear with jeans. <3

I Can Work With That said...

Hi, what a great message to get today. Thanks for your kind words. Go attack those clothes, you can do it. That is how I learned to sew too. I would try to alter items from the thrift store. I messed up a lot but i loved it. And the thrift store didn't cost too much so I didn't feel too bad when things didn't go according to plan. Happy Sewing!