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I made two at the same time to show you different options for the same necklace.Aren’t they PURTY!!! ¬†And oh-sew-easy to make! ūüėČ ¬†(I know…that was cheesy.)

Well I hope you had fun making my last two spring projects and that you’re now in the mood to dress yourself in the latest spring accessories and colors! ¬†Bib necklaces are insanely popular right now which is fabulous for us DIY’ers since they’re so easy to make with so many different ways to make them. ¬†My favorite part about this trend is that the “handmade looking” bib necklace is what is most desired right now and that the more custom and handmade yours look, the more chic and fabulous they are! ¬†You can make yourself a bib necklace with just about any craft items you have around the house; scrap fabric, old t-shirts, lace, buttons, old jewelry, felt, leather, ribbon, etc…just about ANYTHING can be fashioned into a statement bib necklace. ¬†For this tutorial I really wanted to create something fun and bright and elegant to bring some sunshine and flowers into my wardrobe. ¬†I made two necklaces at the same time using basically the same technique ¬†for each with just a few differences to show you some variations of the same necklace. ¬†FYI: ¬†A lot of these tutorials document my FIRST ATTEMPT on the projects I want to do so they are very much open to your own inspiration and tweaking. ¬†I have an entire photo file on my computer that I add pics to that I like and think that I could make or create a similar version/idea of. ¬†So I’m learning as I go, just like you! ūüôā ¬†Ok then, are you ready!?

Cost: $0-$5 (Like I said, this project can be done with just about anything that you have around the house already which makes it a great recycling/upcycling DIY project for old clothing, jewelry, or craft items).

Supplies:

  • Ribbon. You’ll use about 2 feet or so per necklace depending on how long you’d like yours to hang. ¬†I used green grosgrain ribbon I had on hand.
  • Cotton (frayable…I just made that word up) Fabric. I used a couple shades of pink and green linen that I picked up a long time ago at a thrift store. ¬†Yes, thrift stores often sell fabric remnants for SUPER cheap! ¬†They’re a great place to look, especially if you’re looking for vintage/retro fabrics and prints.
  • Beads. I had an old bracelet with small green glass beads (I’m pretty sure I bought it from the $Dollar Store a while back) that I just took apart and used the beads from. ¬†Any beads, jewels, or buttons, would work for the center of your flowers.
  • Needle and thread in coordinating/matching colors as your fabric.
  • Sharp scizzors.

Thats all you need to make these lovely little bib necklaces! ¬†This takes minimal sewing skills (I didn’t use a machine at all) and about 1 hour or so to make two. ¬†Lets get started!

  1. Get your supplies ready to go. ¬†Cut your ribbon pieces (2 per necklace) to the length that you’d like (I think it looks great to have the bib part of the necklace sitting along or just below your collar bone). ¬†Pick out your beads (I did 3 beads per flower). ¬†And cut out your flower fabric(s) into a long strip about 6 inches or so wide. ¬†
  2. Take the “backing” fabric (in this case I used the green linen as my backing/leaf fabric), fold it in half. ¬†Cut a moon (or smile) shape out of that fabric to use as your bib backing.If you are making 2 necklaces at a time, cut 2. ¬†Below is about what yours should look like. ¬†You can adjust the size,length, and width of the bib backing to your liking depending on how big you’d like your flowers to be.
  3. Set that piece aside and grab your strip of flower fabric(s). ¬†Fold that strip in half or thirds (depending on how much fabric you have and how many layers you want in your flowers). ¬†Begin cutting that strip into rectangular strips getting smaller as you get to the end of the fabric. ¬†This is hard to explain but basically you’re cutting out stacked pieces of fabric from biggest to smallest to cut your various sized circles from that will be making up the layers to each of your flowers. ¬†Does that make sense? ¬†Heres an example.
  4. Once you have your fabric stacks ready to go, cut circles out of each stack, big, less big, medium, and small or however you see fit. ¬†You can make as many circles in as many different sizes as you’d like. ¬†The idea is just that you want to get a pretty full flower once you stack the different sized circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest.
  5. And thats exactly what we’re going to do now. ¬†Stack your circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest. ¬†I cut both my flower fabrics together so I¬†separated¬†them by color and make 3 flowers out of each fabric for my two necklaces. ¬†I also made stacked leaves to use (I only ended up using them on one of the necklaces) and I layed out my necklaces to see what I liked best before I started stitching everything together.
  6. Once you get a plan in place you can begin stitching your stacks together to form your flowers. ¬†This is where my light pink bib necklace and my dark pink bib necklace differ somewhat. ¬†For my light pink flowers I simply stitched the circles together directly through the center of each stack and to the backing fabric to give my bib a flatter flower look. ¬†For the dark pink flowers I “gathered” the circles together by stitching a lose circle (wide stitch) through all the layers at once and then pulling the thread tight to make them gather and ruffle a bit. ¬†Then I stitched them to the backing fabric. I love them both but I have to say I like the texture to the ruffled looking bib. ¬†Above is a look at the light pink version. ¬†Below is a look at the dark pink version.Above is a look at how I did the loose gather stitch to my dark pink version. ¬†And below you can see what it looks like once I pulled the thread tight and knotted it off.
  7. Either way you choose to go, sew your flowers to the bib backing fabric you had set aside.
  8. Now, sew your beads into the centers.  You will be sewing through all your layers now including the backing layer.
  9. If you’d like (as I show here above) you can pull at the edges of your fabric flowers to make them fray a bit. ¬†I did this heavily on the light pink necklace but I left the dark pink necklace alone for it to fray as it will on its own.
  10. Now, sew your ribbon pieces to the ends of the bib backing.
  11. If you’d like, you can sew a loose gather stitch along the top of the bib backing and pull slightly to get the bib to curve and ruffle a bit more. ¬†I did this only on my dark pink bib.
  12. Make any adjustments as needed.  You can tack the edges of your flowers together or down to the bib backing if you are using floppier fabric, or you can lengthen/shorten the ribbon.

Thats it! ¬†Doesn’t it just make you feel like going on a¬†pick-nick! ¬†Heres a few tips of other things you can do with this DIY design:

  • Lengthen the ribbon and straighten the backing piece to make a cute springtime sash belt.
  • Tie it up around your neck like a chocker. ¬†(I love this if you’re wearing your hair up).
  • Make your flowers smaller and create a springtime fabric wrist corsage.
  • Leave the ribbon out completely and attach a pin to the back for a sweet bouquet brooch.
  • Straighten the backing piece, and make a sweet ribbon hair band for your little girl or you.

So many things you can do with this tutorial!! I’m excited to see your ideas! ¬†Stay tuned for my next tutorial, “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Birdcage Veil”! ¬†Happy crafting! ūüôā

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Yay!! I finally did the DIY wall art for my nursery and I’m lovin the way it turned out. ¬†I was going for a mod take on baby wall art using some of the fabrics that I’ll be incorporating in the baby bedding and pillows. ¬†Heres what it turned out looking like:This is a really easy and adorable art project that takes basically no artistic talent to pull together. ¬† Heres the breakdown:

Cost: About $18-$30 depending on what you have on hand.

Supplies:

  • Sharp Scizzors that can cut somewhat intricate detail
  • Silhouette¬†Images or images with a strong graphic line to them. ¬†I knew that I was looking for “woodland creatures” and so looked up “woodland creature clipart” in google images to find my jackalope, owl, and squirrel.
  • Canvases either square or rectangular (or oval or round or whatever you’d like!). ¬†I got my 3 12″x12″x1″ canvases at BigLots for $5 a piece.
  • Fun Coordinating Fabrics. ¬†I used 5 different coordinating fabrics mixing prints with solids to make my art a little whimsical. ¬†I find most of my fabrics in the “remnant” bins for up to 80% off at fabric and craft stores.
  • Adhesive Backed Felt. I got mine at Walmart in white for $0.99 per sheet. ¬†It took 3 sheets to make 3 silhouettes.
  • Multipurpose Spray Adhesive. I love this stuff and use it a lot. ¬†I get the Super 77 spray adhesive at Walmart for $6 a can or so.
  • ModPodge.
  • Craft Paint (if you’d like to paint the edges of your canvas).

It took me about an hour or so to do all 3 pictures and about another 5 hours to let them dry enough to hang. ¬†I can ‘t wait to get the nursery painted so I can see how they look against my light aqua walls! ¬†Alright, you got your stuff together? ¬†Lets get started.

  1. Find some images you’d like to use for your silhouettes. ¬†To do this, simply peruse google images around the category your looking for. ¬†For example “woodland animals clipart” was what I typed in to find my 3 images, and they were basically already in silhouette form for me so that was great. ¬†If your images aren’t in silhouette form its ok as long as they have a strong line to them that gives the detail you’d like when you make them into silhouette art.
  2. Print your images off on your home printer in as large a size as needed for your canvas. ¬†For my 12″x12″ canvases I basically sized my images to a 3/4 sheet of computer paper to get the size I wanted. ¬†This is important because you’re essentially making a stencil to use for your main image in your artwork.
  3. Cut your images out making sure to acknowledge that your image needs to primarily be one piece to work as a stencil.
  4. Next, grab your adhesive backed felt and turn it over to the waxy paper backed side.  Using a sharpie (or pen), trace your image onto the back of your felt.  I like using adhesive backed felt because it makes it easy to trace and cut, getting crisp edges and all the details.
  5. Now cut out your images going slowly and using sharp scizzors. ¬†DO NOT remove the adhesive backing wax paper before you start cutting. ¬†We’ll take that off later.
  6. Next its time to get creative and pick out your fabrics. ¬†This is a lot like scrapbooking in that you want to create a fun backdrop to your main image which is your felt silhouette. ¬†You can either do all 3 canvases the same or all different or (like in my case) the middle canvas different while still using coordinating fabrics. ¬†I chose a main square of fabric for the backdrop, followed by a strip of coordinating fabric down the center vertically, and then layered my white felt silhouette onto another “outline” fabric. ¬†This is up to you. ¬†Have fun creating your “fabric scrapbook page” however you’d like! ¬†Just don’t get TOO busy with it if you want your main image to stand out.
  7. Once you have your pieces cut out and have an idea for how you’d like to layer them onto your canvas, (my pieces are totally unkempt looking with crooked lines and frayed edges but you can get more precise if you’d like a more PERFECT look and feel. ¬†I wanted to keep mine fun and “handmade” looking so I didn’t worry about cutting everything the exact same), now you can begin gluing them onto your canvas in your desired order.
  8. To do this, work with the bottom pieces first, spraying moderately the backside of your fabric piece and positioning it onto your canvas. ¬†Smooth the bubbles and edges down, and repeat the process with your next pieces. ¬†(Hold off on your main image, we’ll get to that in a sec.)
  9. Once you have that part done, get your silhouette(s) and remove the waxy backing. ¬†You can either stick your image directly onto your layered fabric canvas or you can do what I did you give it an “outline” by layering it onto another coordinating fabric.
  10. If you decide to layer it like I said in the previous step, simply stick it onto your outline fabric and then cut around the image at your desired outline width.  I gave mine about 1/4 inch.
  11. Next, spray that back of your now outlined silhouette and stick it into place on your canvas.
  12. If you’d like, you can be done at this point or you can do what I did and finish the whole thing with a generous coat of ModPodge. ¬†I like to “seal” my fabric art with ModPodge to make sure that all the pieces aren’t going anywhere and give it a little bit of a gloss. ¬†Using a foam brush, apply the ModPodge over the entire canvas ¬†covering each layer of fabric.
  13. If you’d like you can also use craft paint in a coordinating color to paint the sides of your canvas to make it stand out against your wall. ¬†I used brown.

And there you have it! ¬†Wonderful custom artwork thats easy to make and provides a POP to your decor! ¬†What do you think?! Enjoy making your own fabric wall art and stay tuned for my next tutorial “How to Paint a Mod Wall Mural“!

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