DIY : Making a Bib Necklace

I wanted a necklace that was bold and different, and since i couldn't find one that matched what i wanted exactly, on a bored Sunday afternoon, i decided to make one. So, i went to Joann's and Walmart where i picked up these materials:

~Sateen Fabric
~Black Satin Ribbon
~Fabric Glue

The Process:

~I think it would be good to have a general idea of a pattern that you want to use. I wanted the rounded square shape i saw that my paper clip holder had.
~Then i traced the shape of the design (using pencil) onto the fabric.

~After i traced the shape, i proceeded to cut out the design. Then i cut out the length of ribbon that i wanted to use as the straps/closure for my necklace and glued it onto the neckpiece.
~I let the ribbon dry for 5 minutes.
~Then i arranged the rhinestones in the pattern that i intended to glue it on, allowing me to see what the final product would look like. Afterwhich, i attached the rhinestones, and allowed it to dry.
~This is how it turned out...

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------* Being that i am a total newbie @ working w/ fabrics, i did not know until after i'd finished my project that i should have used fabric stiffener . That would have made the neckpiece less flimsy and a lot sturdier.
* The edges of my necklace show fraying and i've just embraced the fraying as part of the design. I do plan on returning to Joann's and speaking w/ some of the fabric specialists to see if they have cloth that will be less likely to fray, or if there's something i can do to make the fraying less or prevent it in future projects.
*If anyone has any suggestions or tips or ideas that may work better, please feel free to do so.

pics of me wearing the necklace...


Sheila said...

What an awesome and quick project! Great looking necklace.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, hon.

Fashion Therapist said...

Oooh can't wait to try this out!

K.L.R. (aka Kayleigh) said...

This is a REALLY great idea and I'm going to shamelessly copy it!

I'm no expert either, but here's a couple ideas for the could either hem the edges traditionally w/thread, or get fusible webbing and iron them down, or perhaps even try folding over the edges and using fabric glue. Oh, and you could also try pinking shears which would additionally add an interesting pattern to the edge.

But to tell you the truth, I kind of like the fraying effect on yours so I think that's a great option in and of itself :)

Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous & creative idea....hope you've had a lovely holiday!!!!

WendyB said...

Wow! Superb work!

CultureCynic said...

love it !!! snaps for DIY projects....Handmade is the new blog innit!

Susie said...

I know I'm late commenting, but you could try clear nail polish to stop the fraying. I just found your blog today but I like it. I might have to steal the necklace idea.