fabric bead and knot necklace with a bow

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This necklace is super easy to make and it is a great beginner project. You’ll want to make more and more because they are really fun. You can wear it as a statement piece or let it double as a teething necklace!

I first made this version of the bead and knot necklace when Cohen was a tiny teething babe. He got his first tooth at four months, talk about unfair! Watching a tiny baby suffer through teething pains is the worst. Anyways, the fabric and wooden beads can double as a teething toy for your babe. Just make sure you use good quality fabric and supervise. The first version has ribbon ties at the end, but I thought it would be fun to make a second version that is all fabric! The ties make a little knot bow.bead and knot necklace tutorial

-10-12 (5/8″ or 3/4″) unvarnished wooden beads
-1 strip of fabric: 68″ by 4 1/2″
(you can just use a fat quarter and sew pieces together to make the long strip)

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To make the necklace shorter use more beads, to make it longer use less. I used 11 5/8″ beads in these necklaces.


Cut out strips of fabric 4 1/2″ wide and sew them together until you have a 68″ strip. Press the seams open.bead and knot necklace tutorial

Press strips in half with right sides facing.bead and knot necklace tutorial

Sew strips together along the long edge.

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You’ll have a long tube.

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Turn it right sides out.bead and knot necklace tutorial


Fold under 1/2″ on one side of the tube and press. bead and knot necklace tutorial






Stitch closed.

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Tie a knot in the tube 11″ from the sewn edge.


Insert a bead and tie another knot.

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bead and knot necklace tutorial

bead and knot necklace tutorial

Keep adding beads and knots until you reach 11″ from the other edge. Make sure you end with a knot then turn under and sew the other end.

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Tie the long edges into a knot and slip it on over your head!diy statement necklace fabric diy necklaceDIY fabric necklace


Now here’s to hoping I don’t need these as teething necklaces for a while!

Fabric and materials used in this post:
-5/8″ wooden beads from Michaels
b/w triangle fabric by ann kelle
grey chevron by ann kelle
-asterisk light blue by lizzy house




  1. Lauren says

    I LOVE how these turned out! What a great idea! This will give me some more practice with my sewing machine too… thanks for sharing!

  2. Krista says

    Perfect timing! I have been thinking about making some of these for my first flight with my 8 month old. Wish me luck! They look much easier than I’m sure the flight will be. So cute!

    • kate says

      oh good luck!! flying with babies is so hard! the necklace will be so easy haha :)

  3. says

    I have seen this type of necklace before, and thought about figuring out how to make my own, but now I don’t have to! I LOVE the colors and patterns you chose — totally on trend :)

  4. says

    Cute! I love that black and white fabric!!!!
    (Grace’s Spring Look Book is all Black and White…I’m kind of obsessed with that right now.)

    • kate says

      I can’t wait to see your Look Book!! B+W is really fun!

  5. Taja says

    So cute!

    These were popular in the 80s (I think–might have been early 90s), but were made with bits of fiberfill or cotton balls instead of beads. As so many have noted, the beads are a terrific idea for supervised teething/ear pressure pains!

  6. says

    Kate! Great crafty minds think alike because I made some very similar to this that I plan on posting Monday! I love your fabric choices (the triangles are my fav)