I find it amazing how easily I get used to certain things, and then rely on them. I’ve been having a rough time getting anything done this summer because Miss E is on summer vacation for the first time. It’s not like in the past she’s been away or at camp or anything. This is just the first time she’s had summer vacation because it’s the first time she’s been in school. That’s right, she was at home last summer, too. And the summer before that. And, let’s face it, pretty much all the time prior to last fall. I don’t remember it being difficult then, because it was status quo. But now, well, I got used to having those few hours during the day to myself. It’s not like she even went to school that much, just two four hour days and one six hour day. But suddenly she doesn’t have that school and I feel like all of my time has been stolen away. It doesn’t even make any sense, really. In theory, I should have MORE time this summer, because I’m working a lot less and not taking classes at school, and she still naps 2-3 hours a day (well, she did until a few weeks ago, anyhow). But somehow, I really just FEEL the absence of school. It’s not that I don’t love spending time with my child (well, most of the time anyhow; she is after all a threenager); I just haven’t quite adjusted to the new normal of summer vacations. Throw that in with all the things that have been going on this summer, including my struggle with my career change, and, well, it has been a bit of a challenge. I look forward to school with mixed feelings. She will be going 5 days a week, so I’m definitely going to miss our morning excursions. But, oh, the free time…
It’s not like I’ve gotten nothing done this summer. Just less than I wanted. This is one of the projects that I made this week, and it is quick and fun, which is just what I needed. Something that I can fit into my daughter’s nap time (or, lack thereof), but still makes me think I’ve gotten something done!
What you need: knit fabric (an old t-shirt will do just fine), chain, fabric glue, scissors. Optionally, you can use some charms or beads.
First you will need to cut the knit fabric into strips. The easiest way to do this is with a rotary cutter, but you can do it with scissors, too. The length of the strips depends on how long you want the necklace, probably about 1/2-2/3 of the total necklace length. The width should be 1/4 or 1/2 an inch. The 1/4 inch will produce more dainty braids, like the blue necklace, while the 1/2 an inch will make thicker braids, like the green one.
Cut 3 strips for each braid that you want, plus 2 extra.
Tie three strips together, then braid. Tie off the other end of the braid.
Once you have finished all your braids, then you will need to trim the ends of each knot, and then gather the braids together. If you are using thicker braids (1/2 inch strips), you may want to cut the knots off altogether.
Make sure you have your chain cut down to size. Take the remaining two strips. Thread one through one end of the chain, and tie.
Tie the short end of the strip around the ends of the braids.
Now, take the long end of the strip and you are going to wrap it around the braids and the chain, starting just below the knots and wrapping all the way up over the knots, then once or twice around the chain alone.
Now, wrap the strip back down to where you started.
Put a small dot of fabric glue near the end of the strip, and tuck the end under one of the wraps. Let dry, and you’re done! If desired you can add a charm to the necklace, either at the end of the chain or somewhere along the braid. You could also add beads to the fabric before you braid it.
Honestly, the hardest part of this necklace is cutting the strips!
Now go forth and create!