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Accordion to my research, this chic piece of bling is still hot for banishing the winter blues…

Posted by Charley H. from Peterborough, England, United Kingdom • Published See Charley H.'s 22 projects »
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  • How to make a fabric necklace. Out On A Lim - Step 1
    Step 1

    Look at the way the ribbon on the original is folded. It’s concertina-folded, like a fan, in the way that it curves around.

  • How to make a fabric necklace. Out On A Lim - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take your grosgrain ribbon and fold it concertina-style, but in such a way that the pleats overlap, causing the pleats to be about 1″ deep, but for them to appear to be about 1cm deep on the surface. Notice, on the original, that the pleats are also done at an angle to make it curve round, so you need to mimic that with the grosgrain in order to get the same effect. Pin each pleat in place after you’ve folded it. You should use up the entire ribbon to get the right length.

    When the pleats are pinned in place, secure them by machine-stitching along the top.

    When you pick your grosgrain ribbon up, you will probably find it curves round in a spiral. Don’t worry about this, as you can secure it in its original curves shape by stitching it by hand along the bottom. Just run your needle and thread through the pleats, keeping it beneath the surface so that it can’t be seen.

  • How to make a fabric necklace. Out On A Lim - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut four of each of the following pieces out of leather:

    Fold back the flaps and use your glue stick to hold them in place. Using your sewing machine and leather needle, sew the hexagonal pieces one on top of the other so that no raw edges are showing.

    Punch a hole in the narrow top end of each of the two new hexagonal pieces and insert the eyelet hole. The eyelets I suggested come with instructions as to how to use your hammer or eyelet pliers. Ensure that you follow instructions carefully and take care not to cause damage with your hammer, if you’re using one.

    Cut your sheer black ribbon in half and thread each piece through the eyelet holes. Secure them by tying them in a knot around the leather piece.

  • How to make a fabric necklace. Out On A Lim - Step 4
    Step 4

    With the flaps of your rectangular leather pieces glued back, sandwich your black grosgrain ribbon between each set of two, pin them together and sew them in place.

  • How to make a fabric necklace. Out On A Lim - Step 5
    Step 5

    Time to create your “hinges” with your picture hooks. Use your pliers to bend the hook all the way back so that it forms an enclosed loop shape. Repeat this process with three more hooks.

  • How to make a fabric necklace. Out On A Lim - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place each hook in the middle of the top of your rectangular leather pieces and the bottom of your hexagonal pieces, on the opposite side to where the eyelet hole is. Stitch them in place. You may need to stitch from a few different angles in order to secure your hooks properly.

    Feed a small piece of wire through the enclosed hooks and twist them with your pliers to secure them in place.

  • How to make a fabric necklace. Out On A Lim - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stitch the chain, link-by-link along the top of your necklace. You may need to cut it with your pliers to fit the necklace.

    Finally, stitch your gems on, using the original as inspiration as to where to stitch them.

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