DIY, Fashion

DIY Stitched Pendant

I’ve been feeling a little crafty lately so when I saw the stitched pendant project at papernstitch I knew I had to put my own spin on it. Armed with a pile of neon floss, I …sat there for an hour and struggle with my design – random? stripes? chevron? The possibilities are endless! Then I told myself to chill the hell out and stop stressing about a tiny little DIY project. In the end, I went with a design that appealed to my orderly sensibilities.

Perfectionist much?

Fair warning: It’s a super easy project (especially if you’re familiar with cross-stitching) but it’s super tedious. I worked on one pendant on and off all weekend.

What you’ll need:

  • wooden pendant (you can find them in a bunch of different shapes and sizes)
  • Sharpie
  • embroidery floss
  • beading needle (I had a heck of a time using an embroidery needle so I think this will save you a ton of swear words)
  • chord or chain
  • scissors

How to:

  1. Paint the pendant with a Sharpie or paint pen (I think it gives it a more finished look and helps the colors pop but if au naturel is your thing, them skip straight to #2).
  2. Stitch your chosen pattern, securing the ends tightly (I like to weave the end of the thread though the back of the piece so that the ends are tucked in)
  3. Thread the chord or chain through the pendant
  4. Look fabulous


Sorry for the boobs. They sometimes get in the way.

10 thoughts on “DIY Stitched Pendant

  1. I love this – it’s a great project and it’s SO REFRESHING to read a DIY tutorial that doesn’t sound like it was torn out of my mother’s Sew Simple magazine (where they hardly ever mention their boobs).

  2. I really like how easy this sounds and the end result is terribly adorable. I’m curious, however, where on earth you got the pendant and what it looked like before you put the floss on it and colored it with a sharpie. I can’t figure out what kind of pendant it is. Thank you.

    1. Tonia – it’s an easy project that you can get really creative with! My second pendant is going much quicker since I switched to a beading needle.

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