- Beading elastic
- Needle & thread to match tulle
- Small pearls
- Template for circle (I used a nickel)
- Dot of glue (not shown)
Next, we’re going to scrunch up the center of the circles. You can do this one of two ways: either just grab the center and twist, or fold the circle in half lengthwise, then in half again widthwise (is that a word?). What you want is to have a little “head” on your circle like in the picture below.
Next, run your needle and thread through the head, bring your needle around and run it back through again. Then twist your thread around the “neck” of the head a couple of times. Run your thread back through the head/neck, then trim your thread close to the head.
Once you’ve done this to all of the tulle circles, you simply thread the pearls and tulle onto the beading elastic. If you jiggle it, the elastic will go right through; no needle necessary for this part.
I used about 11″ of elastic and started with 9 or 10 pearls, then alternated a pearl, tulle, pearl, tulle, etc. After the last piece of tulle, I added another 9 or 10 pearls.
When you’re done, try the necklace on your doll so that it hangs where you want it in the front. Then tie a knot in the elastic at the back. I like to dab a dab of glue onto the knot so it stays put. Let the glue dry completely. The necklace should fit over the doll’s head, so it’s easy to take on and off.
Hope this makes sense. This is my first tutorial, so let me know if I left anything out or if you have questions. You can use other beads in place of the pearls and you can use fabric in place of the tulle. If you make one, please send me a picture!