Posts Tagged ‘necklace’

Apr. 2010 28

Upcycle an Old Necklace

The old necklace (4 years ago)

I have this old necklace that I haven’t worn in years. It is a long  gold chain with a large ring/stone pendent. It was in style a few years back but just doesn’t work for me anymore. So I reworked the necklace to make it a bit more modern. Here’s how:

1. I took off the pendent using pliers
2. I took off the connector piece (the chain at the end of the necklace that the clasp hooks to)
3. I connected the End A and End B together by opening the last chain link of End B and then attaching it on the End A
4. I reattached the connector piece at a slightly off center spot. This makes one side of the necklace longer than the other
5. I then tied thread to one end, added beads, and secured the strand to the opposite end. The bead strand length should be between that of the longer chain and shorter chain
All done!!
Update!! New pictures:
Apr. 2010 14

Bib Necklace

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:

  • Ribbon
  • 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)
  • Sequins
  • Tulle
  • 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!

Update!! New pictures!

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Mar. 2010 31

Woven Ribbon-Bead Necklace

I love these ribbon-bead necklaces that I’ve been seeing recently. So I decided to make one myself. It took less than an hour, and was super easy. What you’ll need:

  • 60 in ribbon, 1/2 in wide
  • 20-30 glass beads. (I used a black variety pack I got at Micheal’s)
  • Needle and thread

1. Arrange your beads in the order you’d like them. You should use an odd number so that your sides will be equal (1 in the middle and X number of beads on either said).

2. Start at 1/2″ from the middle of your section of ribbon.

3. Sew beads to ribbon alternating sides every inch.


4. When you have sewn on the beads on the first half of the necklace, cinch the thread tight so the beads are touching (with the ribbon in between).

5. Re-thread the string back through the beads, ending in the middle of the necklace.

6. Tie off the thread.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the opposite half of the necklace.

8. At each end of the ribbon, tie a knot.

9. Put a small bead on each end.

10. Tie another knot, securing the beads on each end in place.

All done!

Update! A better picture!!