“Hello” Embroidered Pendant Necklace

diy hello embroidered pendant necklace

I reaallllly love fun and unique jewelry.
Ok. So I love all jewelry. But there is something special about a jewelry piece that doesn’t come from your average store – plus it’s so fun to make things that are a little more personal and fit my style. That’s just the case with this little “Hello” embroidered pendant necklace.

hello embroidery

I picked up this little wood pendant on Etsy ages ago and I’ve been dying to make it up, but I couldn’t decide what to put in it. I was totally over thinking it. So I decided to just dive in and embroider something fun and simple. And what’s more simple than “hello”?

diy hello necklace

I pretty much adore it. It’s simple and sweet – and it only took my about a half hour to do. Love that too.

This idea would be easy to do with pretty much any kind of pendant too – if you don’t like wood you could use any metal base and coordinating cabochon. (Cabochon sounds fancy, but it’s just a piece that fits in the pendant. In this case it’s a clear glass dome.)

hello pendant necklace

So are you ready for a tutorial? Seriously this is so fast.

You’ll need:

  • a pendant base and cabochon. I bought mine here.
  • fabric
  • embroidery thread
  • mod podge
  • e-6000 glue
  • chain and closure

Here’s a shot of my wood base and cabochon. You can use any size, you’ll just need to adjust your embroidery accordingly.

wood pendant

Decide on your base fabric and put it in a small embroidery hoop. Trace the cabochon on the section of fabric you’d like to use with a disappearing ink marker.

tracing cabochon

Now draw out what you are going to embroidery. You can do anything you’d like, I recommend keeping it a simple word or image so that it is easy to see.

marking embroidery

For the embroidery, I used 2 strands of floss and did a simple backstitch for the letters. You can find instructions on a backstitch on the How To Do That – Embroidery Page.

hello back stitch

You’ll want to use tiny stitches.

hello embroidered on fabric

Once your embroidery is finished, trim around the circle you traced around the cabochon, you’ll want about an extra 1 1/2″ all the way around.

Now this is optional, but I like to use a very light coat of mod podge to glue the embroidery to the cabochon. It keeps the fabric from slipping around.

mod podge cabachon

Place your fabric over the cabochon and wrap the ends around to the back. Pull the fabric tight without distorting it, so there are no puckers in the fabric around the edges.

hello on cabachon

(It was completely accidental, but I love that my little French Knot looks like a heart.)

Glue the cabochon into the base with a strong glue. I use e-6000.

hello pendant

Add a chain to your little pendant and you are good to go!

adding chain to pendant

See? Super quick right?

hello embroidered necklace

I can think of all sorts of fun fabric combos – though I do love this light floral with the wood. Makes me think of spring.

embroidered necklace

I hope you’ll give it a try!

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9 Comments

  • Reply January 27, 2014

    Georgia

    I love this and need to make one. I can think of several reasons I need it:-)

    • January 29, 2014

      Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

      This is the cutest little thing, Bev!! I am loving all of the fun ways you are using your embroidery skills. :)

  • Reply February 5, 2014

    Lisa

    Made my day! Love it and can’t wait to try my long since used embroidery skills…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply April 6, 2014

    Virginia Fynes

    This is such a cute idea, I have to make one too! LOVE!!

  • Reply April 7, 2014

    Lolly Jane

    So cute! And very creative!! Love it, Bev (:

  • I just snagged a bunch of smallish vintage sheet scraps tonight, and thought “Hey, I should hop on over to Flamingo Toes to find some inspiration!” I am totally going to try my own version of something similar to this tonight. Love it! :)

    • May 5, 2014

      Beverly

      Yayy! I can’t wait to see it Heidi!

  • I totally thought that french knot was supposed to be a heart! What a happy accident. This is so darling! Pinned!

  • Reply July 25, 2014

    Rachelle

    I love this adorable pendant! Thanks so much for sharing it! Where can I buy the wooden pendant and glass cabochon?

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