Welcome to Girls Want Pearls #51, where every Monday for 52 weeks we take a look at pearls, their role in history and fashion and how we can repurpose them in our wardrobe and home. Only 1 more week left in the series after today! But I have many more fun things in store for the creative soul on my blog in the next year. Today we’ll be making an eyeglass lanyard for your reading glasses or sunglasses.
I don’t know about you, but I like to have my reading glasses and my sunglasses right at my fingertips. I’ve been wanting something to wear around my neck to keep them handy for some time, and finally decided to make myself an eyeglass lanyard. It’s a quick project, and no jewelry making skills required!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Start by threading a needle with approx. 12 inches of doubled thread or beading wire, knotted on the end.
- Cut 3 pieces of lace into the following lengths: 3 inches; 3 inches; 12 inches. The width can be whatever you want it to be ~ mine are approx. 1/2 inch wide.
- Tie a knot in one end of each small piece of lace, and in both ends of the large piece of lace.
- Take the needle and thread and stitch through the knot in one of the small pieces, making 3 or 4 stitches, then begin adding beads.
The first section, from start of lace to end of beads should be approx. 11 inches.
Now it’s time to connect the completed section to the large piece of lace.
- Stitch through the knot in one end of the large piece of lace, making a few stitches and tying off the thread.
- Rethread the needle with another 12 inches doubled and knotted on the end.
- Stitch through the knot on the other end of the large piece of lace, making 3 or 4 stitches, then add beads and the final small piece of lace to create another 11 inch section.
You’re almost done now, there’s just one more step.
The final step is to add the piece that will hold your glasses. You have a choice to make here. You can either add a ring, and hang your glasses on like this…
Or you can add looped eyeglass findings like these…
Or if you’re cheap like me, you can create your own hack by wrapping and stitching thread around a clear hair band.
I like the loop style better for days where I’ll be taking my glasses on and off frequently (like when shopping), since they allow for a one-handed method. Either way, you’ll never have to dig in your purse for your glasses, or wonder where you put them.
Next week’s pearl post hint: Calvary
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