Recycle # 3: Thread Spool Fabric Necklace

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The moment I decided to switch to all cotton thread and fondled the spools in the craft store, I knew immediately what I would do with the empty yellow spools. I couldn’t wait for one to get emptied.

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Before long, I had 3 of them, then 4, then 7. I guess I was sewing faster than I realized. I started to collect them up in a plastic bag for when I had a couple hours to play around with a design.

I wanted to use all scraps. Since I had a HUGE pile of them in all different colors, shapes and sizes that I bought off of eBay.

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BUT I miscalculated the width and the strip did not completely cover the spool. So, I will use my “mistake” for something else.

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Starting over, I decided to use one of my pretty batik squares I recently bought.


Here’s what you need to make this necklace.

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  • empty thread spool
  • 5″ by 5″ fabric square
  • batting (a small piece)
  • tiny elastic cord
  • button (I ended up using a larger one)
  • hanging cord
  • needle and thread
  • scissors/rotary cutter

Here’s the process in photos.

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I didn’t take a photo of me sewing on the button. 😀

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I love how this turned out and already have the fabric squares lined up to make more in the future. I have lots of the satiny hanging cords. They came in a package of 10. All different colors.


This is a This Year’s Dozen original design. If you make this necklace, please link back to my blog post. Thanks!!

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