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Guest Post — make a Nautical, Anthro-inspired Necklace!! {tutorial}

 Hi, I’m Nina from Momma Go Round, and I’m SO excited to be here today with Jen!  

Momma Go Round

Since day one of my blogging adventure I’ve looked up to Jen, so it’s a real honor to be on TT&J!

Momma Go Round is all about the miracles, milestones, and meltdowns of motherhood. I love to figure out my style in my series Real Momma, Real Style, share crazy tales of life with a 2 year old, my weight loss journey, recipes, things I love, and of course crafts!
Today I would like to share with you my latest Anthropologie knock off inspired necklace!
Pleated Bead Necklace

Fabric – Large Round Beads – Scissors – Thread – Needle
Cut a strip down the length of your fabric that is twice as wide as your beads. My beads were about 1/2 inch in diameter, so I cut my strip 1 inch thick.
Iron your strip in half.
Leaving a few inches at the end, fold strip into two pleats and stitch through. (My fabric was 42 inches, so I needed to leave a tail to attach another strip to tie off the necklace. If you are lucky enough to have a fabric from a longer bolt, you may want to leave more of a tail for tie off)
Feed bead onto needle and stitch through.
Add two more pleats to the other end of the bead and stitch through. Then stitch back through both sets of pleats and the bead.
Continue until you have desired number of beads. If you got lucky and have long enough fabric, you could stop here by simply tying off the ends. I was not so fortunate, so I had to add some on.
I simply knotted on additional strips of fabric to the tails of the beaded strip.
I LOVE my new Anthro necklace without the Anthro price tag! Perfect for dressing up a “getting stuff done today” outfit :)
Thank you so much for having me today Jen!
— Nina Banks www.mommagoround.com
Nina — that necklace is awesome!
I LOVE nautical stripes for Spring. So cute!!
Nina has so much fun going on at her blog.
Not only does she craft: 
But Nina is also so cute and she has great fashion tips and advice
to help REAL women wear trendy, stylish clothes in flattering ways!
Momma Go Round
And she has a link party on Mondays called Real Momma, Real Style where Nina shows off a fashion idea and YOU can link up something to help other women feel good about themselves.
 {Nina showed how real women can wear leggings in this post. Love it!!}
Be sure to stop by Momma Go Round and say hi to Nina :) 
PS — Have you checked out Jamielyn’s fun Spring Into SilhouetteParty?? 
It’s a Blog Hop, with Guest Tutorials and Giveaways!!  
Such a fun party!!


  1. Some things are nonegotiable, although, so do not give them the chance to become master negotiators eg.

  2. Love this so much that I rushed out to get the supplies. Just tried making and for some reason the knot in the thread at the end keeps popping through the layers :( Any ideas for how to fix? Is there some fancy pants knot that I don't know about?

  3. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    Nina is amazing!! I love her + her blog!!

  4. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Very cute, Nina!!!!

  6. fun fun fun stuff!!!

  7. {Jillian} the Queen Lioness says:

    I am in love with this project & with Nina. SO CUTE!! A definate must have for spring!!


  8. I LOVE Nina! Thanks for sharing her Jen! You have a wonderful blog and you always share amazing people!!! That necklace is totally fun and I CANNOT wait to make one of my own to rock! :)


  9. Kara @ Nest Candy says:

    Thanks for having Nina as a guest today, I LOVE her. I am dying to make this necklace right now!

  10. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I love nautical things and this is so cute! Nicely done:)

  11. Jayna Rae says:

    Great tutorial. The necklace is so cute. I think I have a similar material on hand that I can use to recreate this. Congrats on being at Jen's place.

  12. Wow. Nina has mad skillz, and killer fashion sense. What a great way to not spend every dime you have at Anthro (as we all wish we could!) Great post!

  13. I am totally going to run off to the store to buy beads! Thanks for sharing. :)

  14. This is seriously beautiful!! Wow, thanks for the tute! 😉

  15. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I have to try that one! Nina is such an inspiration!

  16. lauren@warmandfuzzy says:

    LOVE this and I dont have to have a sewing machine!! Yay!! Very cute

  17. Michelle Life Buy The Beach says:

    WOW! Even I could make that with these easy to follow instructions. Thanks Momma Go Round!

  18. Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    This necklace is so cool! I love the fabric–I would wear it with everything! And Momma Go Round is one of my favorite blogs!

  19. Eisley Rae Clothing says:

    Love the necklace! And, I love Nina. She's adorable, funny and has a great sense of style! I'll definitely be making this necklace. Perfect for summer.

  20. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    What a lovely necklace! She has some really, really cool projects, and I just love her style. Thanks for sharing her with us, Jen. :)

  21. super cute. thanks for sharing.

  22. Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs says:

    Ooohh LOVE the nautical style necklace. :) Nina is amazingly sweet! I adore her!

  23. Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says:

    beautiful! this necklace is awesome! love it!

  24. Laura @ live.laugh.photograph says:

    this is so inspiring! i love the nautical fabric!

  25. So cute!!! I love it!

  26. cylelewis says:

    She is the cutest thing and i love the necklace!

  27. mstalcup says:

    Congrats Nina! Happy for you! Love your blog & love me some TT&J blog. :)

  28. Melissa @ ClosetFloorFinds says:

    Love, love, love the necklace! Definitely going to get my sister, The Thriftress, to make me one. She's the resident crafter. Then, I'll force her to wear one, too! (I'm the stylist in the family!) Thanks for the inspiration. :)


  29. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    Cute necklace Nina!

  30. I adore Nina! What a great tutorial! Thanks for featuring her.

  31. This is like….awesomeness overload! I wish I was crafty like this!! Love the necklace. Love it. LOVE IT. I might attempt this–but wish me luck, I don't know how to use a needle and thread =)

  32. Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings says:

    love nina and love the necklace…have to try it

  33. Reflections from Granny says:

    Amazing Ladies, just love all the new fresh ideas you find and share.

    Blessings, Lori m

  34. Nina is so talented. I love all of her creations. I think I am going to make the t shirt with the flowers.

  35. KJ@letsgoflyakite says:

    That is a really nice piece and it is very affordable and accessible to make. Great work Nina!