Create these fun woven earrings using recycled clothing price tags and some cotton fiber
I’m rolling along with my recycled clothing tag project with a new project for today – making woven earrings. You will need some cotton thread – I have some left over from a crochet project that is nice and colorful and I had plenty to use. You will also need a pair of matching clothing tags, a hole punch, some earring findings, a large eye needle – not very sharp and scissors.
Start with the tags and punch the holes – I did a grid of 4 x 6 holes on each tag. You will want holes all around and large enough to take multiple threads. If the tags have tear off pieces, leave these on the outside in case they come off. I kept mine in place till the very end but then they came off!
This is what the front of the tags look like and here is the back. You can see I didn’t do anything to the tags to hide the details on them – and that was my plan all along but you could do something different if you wish.
Once I had the holes, I started weaving. I started with medium pink cotton and wove a set of lines across the tags, both the back and the front are done so they look the same. Always start on the reverse side so the long tails of thread are on the reverse and ignore them.
Having done that – still using the same color I went back in the reverse direction to make a square grid – again both sides of each tag look basically the same.
Now I changed color for the first time. And this time, I chose a very light pink and wove it diagonally in one direction making sure that the pattern stayed correct on both sides of the tags – you may need to check carefully that the lines are all parallel and that it looks right. Don’t bother doing anything about the loose ends – just leave them hanging off the piece.
After going in a diagonal direction in one color I changed colors to a dark pink and went in the opposite diagonal direction. Again, keep an eye out on the weave to make sure it is correct.
Now the fun stuff starts. I changed to the lime green and started doing the cross weave.
Again you will be going in and out through the holes following the diagonals and making sure to do the same on the back as on the front. The difference is that here you will be doing a little cross stitch over and around the woven threads that are all piled up at this point to hold them together.
You will see that there is a simple pattern to doing this which makes it all repeatable, just take it slowly and make sure it all looks even and neat.
Now, still working in green I went in and out around the very edge of the pieces – it is so weird but it all worked perfectly so there wasn’t even any doubling up of thread. You should still be ignoring the problem of the loose ends!
Now it is time to deal with the problem ends. Since you always started on the reverse side your tails should all be on the back so make sure they are or thread them so they are.
Now, working in green, I worked a set of blanket stitches over the green thread around the edge. You will fit 4-6 blanket stitches on each thread – just do however many you need on each piece they don’t have to all be the same. Work the back and the front.
When you are working around the edges on the back – hold the loose threads alongside the green edge threads as you work so you catch all the threads up in the blanket stitch to hide them.
Once this is done you can assemble your findings. If you’re not confident setting eyelets then test this out on a scrap piece of paper first – I promise you that this is vital. You might notice that the eyelets set out here are a different size to the final image? Yep! I made a mess of my first eyelets and had to pull them out and start over. If I’d practiced first I would have realized that my tools wouldn’t work properly and I needed to overcome some technical issues first.
Punch a hole and affix the eyelets and then add a jump ring and an earring wire to each earring.
Then you are done and ready to wear your new woven clothing price tag earrings.