Here is something you can make for yourself this Valentine's Day. It's beautiful, it's romantic, it's frilly - all things I adore this time of year. And what's better, I had everything I needed; I didn't buy a single thing extra for this project. Kind of like clean-out-your-fridge lasagna? This could be called the clean-out-your-closet necklace. ;) This project was inspired by this post over at Craftaholics Anonymous!
Here's what I used:
an old pearl choker circa 1980
velvet ribbon - black and cheetah print
an old damask pillow sham
needle and thread
And here is what I did:
I wanted my necklace to be a little longer, so I extended the pearl choker to 38 inches using the black velvet ribbon. This will also allow me to wear it a little shorter/longer depending on my mood (I did not make a closure for the necklace, I am just tying it on for versatility). After measuring equal lengths of ribbon for each side of the choker, I sewed a folded edge on one end of each of them. And then I stitched the ribbons directly to the fixings on my choker. I got lucky and they happened to be about the same width as my ribbon, so it was very secure when I was done.
Here comes the fun part. Using a stencil (pre-drawn or even a cookie cutter would work), I drew and cut 2 slightly different sized flowers from my pillow sham (which has this lovely vintage look to it). I layered them and puckered them in the middle ever so slightly, stitching tiny pleats in the center in the shape of an x or a +. Doesn't matter, lol! (Small confession - I really hate giving tutorials *blush*) This will give your flower a little dimension and sturdiness, as flat flowers tend to be floppy. Next I made the center of the flower - I used velvet cheetah print ribbon. I ran a stitch along one side of the ribbon and gathered it tightly until I had a circle, kind of like making a yo-yo. Then I secured that with a few stitches. I attached my ribbon center to the top of my 2 fabric flowers, and pulled it all together using a spare button... by the way, am I the only one that saves those extra buttons that come with shirts? Cuz some of them are really nice! Lastly I stitched the whole flower to one side of the necklace, where choker meets ribbon. And voila! Something to make me feel lovely.
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