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 a DIY ruffle necklace 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)
- 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…