So, I heart these bib style necklaces. I tend to like the ones that are a asymmetrical, full of lace and beads and way out of my price range. Two of my favs are by Vera Wang ($450-$850):
I wanted to make myself a bib necklace that was really unique. It was a fairly simple process but it took a pretty long time to complete the project because it was sewn entirely by hand. Unfortunately, since I made this necklace last fall, I don’t have pictures of the process. But, I have drawn up (in MS Paint of course) sketches of my steps. Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
- Satin or other shinny fabric
- Thicker lining fabric (I use a fleece lining that I just had around)
- Glass beads (I used the white variety pack from Michael’s)
- Needle and thread
1. Draw up your shape (plus 1/2″ seam allowance) on a piece of paper and cut it out. This is your pattern
2. Using your pattern, cut out 2 pieces of satin and 1 piece of lining
3. Stitch 1 layer of satin and the lining together 1/2″ away from the edge. Use large stitches, these will be taken out later.
4. Adding tulle ruffles:
4a. Cut out 2 strips of tulle 1/2″ and 1/3″ (totally eyeball it, it’s not an exact science) and about 1/2 the width of the fabric long
4b. Lay strips flat on top of each other and sew together at the bottom edge, do not tie off the end
4c. Cinch the thread slightly to create ruffles. Tie thread to secure the ruffle
4d. Sew the ruffle down to the satin in a swirl/ zig-zag pattern (example pattern shown below)
5. Adding tulle flowers
5a. Cut out 2 strips of tulle 1/2″ and 1/3″ (totally eyeball it, it’s not an exact science) and about 1/2 the width of the fabric long
5b. Lay strips flat on top of each other with the centers aligned and sew together in the middle, do not tie off the end
5c. Cinch the thread slightly to create ruffles. Tie thread to secure the ruffle
5d. Tie one end of the ruffle to the opposite end and secure, creating a loop/ flower.
5e. Attach flowers to satin. The locations I used are indicated by the red circles. To get bigger or smaller flower, adjust the length of tool used and the amount you cinch the thread.
6. Attach beads and sequins. Make sure all the space is covered inside the stitches you made in step 3. You should let the tulle ruffles and flower stick up in between the beads or cover them.
7. You’ll need 4 strands of ribbon. To attach each to the necklace, I stitched them down to the back side (the lining). I also put a drop of hot glue on each spot to make sure it was secure. I used the following spots (marked by “X”)
8. I gathered the 3 ribbons on the left side of the necklace together at a point and secured them. I found this point by putting the necklace on and seeing where the ribbons would naturally meet.
9. Remember those stitched you made back in step 3? Well now you are going to fold the satin and lining to the back on that stitch line and sew in place.
10. Pin the second piece of satin you cut in place on the backside of the necklace.
11. Go along the edge and fold back the satin to create a clean edge, hot glue in place (you can hand sew if you want, but glue just goes faster).
All done! Here’s my final product!
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