Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ruffle Necklace

Here is a great and inexpensive way to dress up your wardrobe! A little frill goes along way and so does saving your money! High end boutiques are selling these necklaces for $95.00 and I will show you how to make them for about $5.00 in just 7 easy steps!

Today's tutorial: Ruffle Necklace
Supplies needed:
-ribbon or strip of fabric measuring approx. 9" in length and 2" in width (measure to your  liking!)
-sewing machine
-needle and thread 
-chain ( I bought mine at an estate sale for $2)
-button or other embellishing object
-loop turner

Step 1:
If you are using synthetic ribbon, you will want to melt the edges to prevent from fraying. If you are using fabric, I personally like the frayed look so you may want to keep edges raw!

Step 2:
Sew the edges under so that they are not exposed

Step 3:
Fold ribbon or fabric over so that the top comes down to middle of the ribbon. (If you want a double ruffle, simply fold in half) and sew to make a pocket.

Here is what it should look like:

Step 4: 
Use your loop turner to pull chain through the pocket you just sewed. 

Insert loop turner all the way through pocket and attach one end of chain to loop turner. Pull chain through so that the chain is fed completely through pocket.

Here is what it should look like:

Step 5:
Push sides of ribbon or fabric down to desired length to create a ruffle.

Step 6:
Take a needle and thread and stitch the back of the ribbon to the chain to hold ruffle in place. Be careful not to go through to the front of your ribbon or fabric with your stitch because you will not want the stitch to show.

Step 7:
Find any kind of embellishing object such as a button, an old earring, a broach or decorative bead.

Attach embellishment anywhere on necklace that you like.

Ta-Da You are done! Great job! 

I would love to see any finished projects! Please email photos to me at You can also reach me at this address with any questions! Thanks!


Joan said...

You did it...another new blog. This one should be a labor of love for you, and it will keep you inspired and looking for inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Love it...this blog makes three?? Time for another baby to really make things crazy!!! I got your e-mail and I just want to say I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!

AmandaS said...

Adorable! I would LOVE to have a little "sewing" date with you. ESPECIALLY if you brought the treats! I have a really cool mum flower out of wool felt that I think you would love. I made one already and put it on a pillow but I need to make more for Christmas presents. :)

heidi said...

Amy, you are amazing. That necklace is really cool and cute. I think I'm too lame to pull it off. I am in Young Women now though, so maybe I'll have them try it! Keep up the crafts lady!

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