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Pet Necklace

Keep a close reminder of your furry family member by making a necklace with the features of your adorable pet.

What You Need For the Cat:

This necklace is the cat's meow.
  • DMC pearl cotton #3 in color #947
  • Acrylic paint in rust, orange, white, red, and pink
  • Paintbrush
  • Permanent, black fine-point marker
  • Wood beads -- one 20mm head, one 26mm body, four 10mm paws, twelve 8mm arms and legs
  • Crewel needle
  • 9mm gold split ring
  • Thick white crafts glue
  • Wood buttons -- two 4-hole, two 2-hole
  • Orange crafting foam
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Cording
  • Alphabet beads

What You Need For the Dog:

  • DMC pearl cotton #3 in color #434
  • Acrylic paint in terra-cotta, red, white, pink, and blue
  • Paintbrush
  • Permanent, black fine-point marker
  • Wood beads -- one 20mm head, six 10mm paws and legs, ten 8mm arms and legs, and one 26mm body
  • Crewel needle
  • Thick white crafts glue
  • 9mm gold split ring
  • Wood buttons -- two 4 hole, two 2-hole
  • Dark brown crafting foam
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Cording
  • Alphabet beads

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for these projects (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Pet patterns

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. For the Cat, paint six 8mm beads rust, six 8mm beads orange, four 10mm beads white, a 20mm and a 26mm bead orange, a 4-hole button rust, a 4-hole button orange, and two 2-hole buttons white. Let dry.

3. For the Dog, paint ten 8mm beads terra-cotta, four 10mm beads white, two 10mm beads terra-cotta, a 20mm and a 26mm bead terra-cotta, a 4-hole button blue, a 4-hole button terra-cotta, and two 2-hole buttons white. Let dry.

4. Using guides, below, paint features. Use patterns to cut, paint, and glue on foam ears or mane pieces. To assemble, thread a 60-inch strand of pearl cotton on a crewel needle. Run through split ring; then run both ends through head bead. (Rethreading needle is necessary for working body.) Thread one strand on needle and run through one hole of 4-hole button. Thread on second strand and run through hole opposite on button. On same thread, string three 8mm beads. Run needle back into buttonhole next to beaded strand. Pull out through top of head, reinsert over split ring, and bring back down through head and button. Repeat for second arm. Pick up both strands and run through body head. Pick up one strand, run through button, and thread on leg beads. For dog, string on a 10mm bead. For cat, string on three 8mm beads and a 10mm bead. For both characters, draw down through 2-hole button and draw back through button, leg beads, and base button. Tie off when legs are complete. String on cording with alphabet beads.

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