Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DIY Statement Bib Necklace | The most potent muse of all is our own inner child – Stephen Nachmanovitch

These necklaces are everywhere! I decided to try my hand at one last night, and was pleased at how it turned out. - You can really substitute a lot of these materials if you like! Be creative, as the possibilities are endless!

Gather your materials! You will need:
Satin Cord
One Scrap Piece of Fabric - Front
Contrast Scrap Piece of Fabric - Back
2 Connector Pieces
Beads [Optional]
Fray Check
Fusible Webbing [For attaching trim]
Sewing Machine - [Or needle & thread for hand sewing]

Start off by sketching your pattern onto a piece of paper - Sketch one side only
Fold paper in half, then cut out online outside. You should get a mirror image of the pattern.
Cut out the pattern
Take the two pieces of material and pin them RIGHT SIDE TOGETHER. Then pin the pattern on top. Once pinned, cut out pattern.

Machine sew material together [you can also hand sew]. Leave a 2 inch space in ONE corner. We will use this space to aid in turning the material inside out.

Here is my piece of fabric prior to turning it inside out.

Turn the fabric inside out, then press with an iron! Then hand sew the section that you left open.

This is a view of the back
Slide connector over piece of fabric
Use fusible webbing to secure the flap of material over the connector. [This is the point you will need your iron. Hold the iron over the area with the fusible web for about 20 seconds]

Turn piece over, and apply fusible webbing along end of piece. Place the trim on top. Iron.

This is what it should look like after attaching trim!
I decided to add a few beaded applique's instead of beads. I attached these using fusible webbing as well.

Take two pieces of satin cord and knot each piece around a connector. Trim excess cord around knot, use "fray check" to keep cord from fraying [you can also use super glue]

Make a knot [I added a bead for more of a decorative effect] on one end of the cord. On the other piece of the cord, make a loop. Trim excess cord, use "fray check" or super glue to keep cord from fraying.


  1. wow lady - you're a modern martha stewart - luv it! your work makes me smile :)

  2. @BeautyXchangeGirl Thank you very much!!! I Love Martha, as crazy as she might be! LOL

  3. Did you ever think there would be a day when you would be 'sewing' a fabric necklace??? LOL I really like the print of the fabric you chose, and the splash of red adds interest. You should pair it with a cute little red dress, take a pic, and show it off!

  4. Oh no!
    Now I am gonna start substituting my hair product mixing habit this jewlery making habit!
    This is awesome, I am all about thrift store, DIY, reusable, retro, natural everything.
    That necklace is bold like me, I would rock the hell outta that piece.
    <3 it

  5. @Stella B. I know right!!! Tell me about it, thanks so much. Great idea pairing it with a red dress, I definitely think that adds a nice contrast to the necklace! Pics coming soon :-)

  6. @Chrissystina Thank You!!! There are going to be a lot more jewelry making tuts...so get ready..LOL

  7. OMG!!! Thank you for this tutorial!! I love it!!! I am sooo glad I found you on Youtube!! *off to go tell my friends to follow your blog and subscribe on Youtube!!!*

  8. Wow this is truly inspiring!!! Such beautiful work. Thank you so much for your warm comments on my blog. Im following your gorgeous blog xx


  9. Great idea. I def. would like to try this in belt form.


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