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For Christmas I made a necklace for my big sis inspired by a sweet little something I saw on ModCloth.  It was a super easy project and I was really happy with the way it turned out so I decided to make myself one as well.  🙂  Merry Christmas me.

Here is the ModCloth necklace for $20:

My DIY’d knockoff turned out just as well I think.  The great thing about this project is that you don’t need jewelry making tools (or skills really).  All you need to do is basically sew a chiffon ruffle onto the back of some glitzy costume jewelry.  And voila!  But just in case you’re still feeling anxious about it, I’ll walk you through the process with a little tutorial.

Cost:  $5-$6 (depending)

Supplies:

  • A glitzy rhinestone necklace.  I found mine for $5 at Walmart on clearance.
  • A scant amount of chiffon in the color of your choice.  You can buy chiffon by the yard or ask around for scraps as this doesn’t take much.
  • Thread in a matching color.
  • A needle.
  • Sharp scizzors.
  • Straight pins.

1.  First thing to do is lay out your chiffon.  You’re going to want about 2 or so strips stacked on top of each other.   The easiest way to do this is to fold your chiffon a few times and cut into 3″ or so wide strips.  Then, just unfold them and lay them out.  *TIP*  Make your strips about twice as long as the “fancy” part of your necklace.

2.  Now, stack the strips on top of each other and fold them in half long ways (hot dog way).  It is best at this point to pin them together so that they will stay put while you sew.  Now, sewing by hand, sew a straight, wide, stitch trough the top of your folded stack (about 1/4″ inch below the fold).  Start pulling the chiffon down the thread to gather and make a chiffon ruffle.

3.  Once you have made your ruffle.  This is about what you should have.

4.  The only thing left to do is to sew your necklace to the front of your chiffon.  *TIP* Don’t worry about the strips being cut perfectly straight.  As you can see from the image above, the varying lengths give it a loverly layered look like in the ModCloth version.

5.  Find the end of your “fancy” part on your necklace.  Hold it in place on top of your chiffon (about 1/4″ from the fold) and sew from back to front, securing the necklace in place on top of your ruffle.

6.  Keep sewing on your necklace until you get to the other end of your “fancy” part.  (And yes, that is the technical jewelers term).  If you have leftover ruffle at the end, just snip it off.

7.  If you’d like you can apply fray check to the edges of the chiffon but I prefer to leave them raw and let them fray a little for that shabby chic effect.

There you go!  A great little ModCloth knockoff for half the price!

And of course I said I made one for myself as well…

Not too shabby.  Now I just need a cute little something to wear it with…

🙂

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While at Walmart the other day, I quickly ran through their new-again fabric section.  Can we all collectively say “yay!” for Walmart bringing back the fabric department?!  Anyway, I was about to walk out (I was of course shopping with the boys again and they had already had enough), when I spotted this purple and red chiffon print peeking out of a pile of colorful fleece bolts.  I grabbed it to check it out really quick and loved it even more when I unrolled it a bit and saw the lovely native american-esque pattern.  I know.  I’m sort of becoming obsessed.  It kind of had the same feel as my maxi dress I just did (and LOVE) and when I saw that it was only $1.50 a yard I HAD to have some.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I got 3 yards and went on my little way.

Well, last night I pulled it out and took a look at it again.  I love the big oversized drapey t-shirts and ponchos I’ve been seeing on Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie and such.  And my new chiffon draped so nicely.  So I drew up a little plan and decided to make a wispy, bohemian, poncho-shirt, or as I like to call it, my shoncho.  🙂

Heres what I did:

Cost: $1.50 (You only need about a yard of fabric for this shirt so check remnant bins to get some great chiffon for CHEAP).

Supplies:

  • About a yard of chiffon fabric (or other lightweight drapey fabric that you love).
  • Scizzors.
  • Pins.
  • Sewing machine.

1.  Refer to my little sketchy plan below.  It basically shows how to do it.

2.  Here are some extra tips.

TIP 1:  BE CAREFUL!  Chiffon is delicate and tears and frays very easily.  So be slow and steady when feeding it through the machine.

TIP 2:  I used the finished edge as the bottom of my shirt so I didn’t have to zigzag the bottom.  If your chiffon piece has a finished edge, utilize it to save you time.

TIP 3:  Don’t forget to zigzag stitch (or serge if you have a serger) the INSIDE seams as well as the outside raw edges so they don’t continue to fray.

And thats it.  This took me less than 30 minutes to throw together.  And I’m pretty happy with it.  🙂  What do you think?  You can make this.  And its great for FAT days.

P.S.  I also made the red necklace and the pink clip-in hair extension.  For more of my jewelry and accessories, see the Fashion Tutorials section on the sidebar. 🙂

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anthro inspired necklace

Theres a myriad of websites and blogs that I check up on periodically for inspiration.  A while ago I saw this necklace

for around $35 from Anthropologie and thought to myself as I often do, “I can make that”.  Then last weekend I had a holiday craft party with some fabulous ladies and finally got around to making my version of the necklace.  The thing I love about this necklace is that it takes little jewelry making knowledge and is super quick to make.

Heres the breakdown:

Cost: This can really vary depending on what kinds of beads you’re using.  For this tutorial I used wooden beads that I got off of a gift bag handle.  Check the Dollar Store for beads in the craft section or for jewelry you can disassemble.  You can also keep your eye open for 50% off sales at your local craft store or check May’s Beads online (they’re shop is in Houston and I LOVE it) for incredible prices on gemstones and crystals.  For the chiffon (or other light weight fabric) check the remnant bins at fabric stores.  They are usually discounted up to 80% per yard.   Or chop up an old skirt or shirt you don’t wear anymore.  All-in-all I think my project cost me about $3 since all I had to buy were the clasps and jump rings to finish off the ends.

Supplies:

  • Chiffon or other light weight fabric.  You’ll need 2 3/4″x15″ strips.
  • Beads.  Round or oval beads work great.  The larger the beads, the less clusters you’ll have on your necklace.  These beads can all be the same, or can be three coordinating different beads per cluster.
  • Sharp scizzors.
  • 2 crimp ends.
  • 2 jump rings.
  • 1 toggle clasp.
  • 2 wire beading needles.
  • Flat nose pliers.

Lets make something pretty.

1. The first thing to do is cut your chiffon strips.  You need 2 strips about 3/4″ wide by 15″ long (or longer/shorter to your taste).

2. Thread your chiffon strips through your beading needles.

3.  Thread 2 beads onto your first strip and slide them toward the end leaving about 5-6″ of chiffon.

4.  Thread one bead onto the second chiffon strip and slide it toward the bottom to about the same place.

5. Knot the two strips together at both ends of the bead cluster.

6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you have about 5-6″ of chiffon remaining at the threaded end of the necklace.  For me this gave me 5 clusters but it will depend on how large your beads are and how tightly you group them.

7.  To finish the necklace and add the clasps simple attach your crimp bead ends to the chiffon by twisting the ends of the fabric and holding them in the middle of the crimp bead with one hand while you squish the sides of the crimp bead with the pliers in the other.

8.  Attach your jump rings and your toggle clasp ends and twist your jump rings shut.  *Tip* TWIST the jump rings, don’t squeeze them shut or they won’t come together properly.

9. Trim any excess chiffon and scraggly chiffon hairs if you’d like.  *Tip* Use Fray Check  on the edges of your strips if you don’t want your chiffon to fray.  I personally like the frayed look.  And there you go!  BEAUTISSIMO!

These were so easy to make that I ended up getting out my stash of scrap fabric and beads and made tons more.  You’ll want to do the same since I’m certain that as soon as your friends and family see you with it on that they’ll want one too! Enjoy!

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