How to Make a Quilted Pendant

13 May 2009

quilted-pendant

Ever since I did the fabric postcard tutorial for CraftStylish last week, I've been obsessing over this pendant idea. Seemed to me that if you just shrunk the postcard project a little, it would make a really cool pendant. I like the result!

Here's how I made it:

Just as with the postcards, I'm using Friendly Felt as the basis for this project. It's a recycled-fiber felt that's stiff, so you can do all kinds of dimensional things with it. Me likey.

So you'll need two pieces of Friendly Felt, cut to the size you'd like your pendant to be. You'll also need one wonderful scrap of woven fabric, cut to the same size. (This cool little castle print comes from a vintage napkin.)

In addition, cut a scrap of regular felt that's about 1/4" smaller on all sides than the other three pieces. This felt is the internal padding of your pendant.

You'll also need two pieces of fusible web, cut to the same size at that felt padding. And then we sandwich all this together: a piece of Friendly Felt on the bottom, fusible web on top of that, and the padding felt on top of that.

Place the other piece of fusible web on top of the felt. Then place the fabric on top of the fusible web. Match the edges of the fabric and Friendly Felt as best you can.

Follow the package directions for the fusible web to iron all these layers together. And by the way, I'd recommend putting a pressing cloth over your pendant before you press it. It's just that pressing cloths aren't so photogenic.

After fusing, your layers may have shifted a little. Take a moment and trim them so all the edges meet.

Next, we do two steps on the sewing machine: first, we'll quilt the pendant. This quilting can take any form you like. You might stitch around the design on your fabric, like I've done here, or you might quilt over the entire pendant in some kind of pattern. Or you might quilt all free-form-like.

You can use any color thread you like for the quilting, by the way. If would also be fun to see the quilting done in several colors of thread. Oh, boy are there possibilities!

The next machine step is to make a tight zig zag around all sides of the pendant. I'm using a buttonhole stitch here, which works nicely. I like to stitch twice around all four edges so they're well-covered with stitching.

From here, you can do a bit of embellishing. I'm embroidering my pendant, but you could also sew on some small beads or buttons. You could paint it with fabric paints. You could glitter it. You could do all kinds of stuff.

With the embellishments done, you can trim away any little frays around the edges and apply some Fray Check.

Take the other piece of Friendly Felt now and apply a generous amount of glue. Keep the glue about 1/4" away from all sides so it won't ooze out later.

Place an eye pin into the glue, placing it so the little loop a the top sits at the center top of the pendant.

(I'm using Gem Tac here. You could also use good old E6000, or any glue that adheres trims to fabric.)

Sandwich the two layers together. Place your pendant under something heavy for a few hours until the glue dries. Check on it a couple times to make sure the eye pin hasn't shifted position.

And voila! I like these - they're lightweight, but the layering and fusing gives them a nice little "heft." And I love the way they showcase precious bits of fabric.

Comments

Can't wait to try it--thanks!


That is fabulous! How cute would that be with a white tank and dark denim? I love it, I'll be linking.


Love these! I just got a new sewing machine where I can drop the feed dogs, perfect for this!


a very unique jewelry. i really love this.

i set a link to yout tutorial.
i hope, you'll agree.

thank you.

many greetings, doro.


Love, love, love this!!


Great project! Where is F.Felt available?


Cute cute cute super cute!!


Adorable! I just love this. This would be a very sweet affordable gift! *Making a mental note for my Christmas Crusade!*


Very cute--great gift idea! xo, Vickie


It's so good to have a very unique and fun craft to try.


Wayyyyy cute. Love.


This is a really cute idea! Thanks!


Brilliant! I love them.
What a great idea.
Andrea


Adorable! I love it.

Cheers,
Madge


What a great idea! I like to cross stitch, and I can just imagine making a pendant (or several) using a small cross stitched picture instead of your vintage fabric. These would make great gifts.


Wayyyyy cute. Love.


This is a really cute idea! Thanks!


Brilliant! I love them.
What a great idea.
Andrea


Cute cute cute super cute!!


Can't wait to try it--thanks!


Adorable! I just love this. This would be a very sweet affordable gift! *Making a mental note for my Christmas Crusade!*


That is fabulous! How cute would that be with a white tank and dark denim? I love it, I'll be linking.


Love these! I just got a new sewing machine where I can drop the feed dogs, perfect for this!


Very cute--great gift idea! xo, Vickie


Adorable! I love it.

Cheers,
Madge


What a great idea! I like to cross stitch, and I can just imagine making a pendant (or several) using a small cross stitched picture instead of your vintage fabric. These would make great gifts.


Great project! Where is F.Felt available?


Love, love, love this!!


a very unique jewelry. i really love this.

i set a link to yout tutorial.
i hope, you'll agree.

thank you.

many greetings, doro.


It's so good to have a very unique and fun craft to try.


Wonderful way to use scrap fabric from my stash!!! I just can't wait to get started. Also, if you sew you're outfits (and of course buy the fabric) alot of times there is a yummy exactly kind of fabric, or larger print that is in a different color, that would really work well as a coordinating pendant. Just LOVE this!!!!


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