How to Make a Sewn Necklace

August 8th, 2014     

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For more contrast, mix and match a variety of jewels.

For more contrast, mix and match a variety of jewels.

Photo: Jack Deutsch

In the fall ’08 issue of SewStylish, we showed you how to make a necklace using organza, ribbon, and sew-on jewels. While looking at the inspirational catalog from Neiman Marcus today, I came across this necklace by Ranjana Khan. The necklace retails for $1,200, and is very similar to this project I made for less than $20. The project was originally called the “Bijoux Necklace,” but I still like to refer to it as the joke name we had around the office while we were working on the issue: “Nikki’s Disco Dickie.”

My original inspiration for this project was a necklace by Burberry from their fall ’08 collections. Chunky jewels have been a runway staple the past few seasons, embellishing everything from shoes and headbands to hemlines and jewelry. Get the look quickly with organza (don’t worry; it’s easy to sew) and faux jewels. A ribbon makes the necklace adjustable for a chocker length or longer. You can also enlarge or reduce the size of the template to any dimensions you like.

What You’ll Need:
1/4 yard of organza
3/4 yard of 5/8-inch-wide velvet ribbon
Assorted sew-on jewels
Sewing machine
Hand-sewing needle

Sew the organza pieces together   Pin the organza pieces together, sew around the edges and trim the seam allowance.

1. Print out the template available here. Cut two organza pieces using the template. With right sides together, pin them, and sew around the edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave a 1-inch hole at both ends for the ribbon. Trim the seam allowances to 1/8 inch.

Turn and press the organza   Turn and press the organza piece.

2. Turn the necklace right side out. Press the edges flat.

Insert the ribbon   Insert the ribbon.

3. Turn the raw edges at each end under and press. Cut the ribbon in half, and insert one ribbon 1/2 inch into each hole of the necklace. Topstitch each ribbon in place along the organza edge.  

Arrange and sew the jewels in place   Arrange and attach the jewels.

4. Arrange the jewels on the organza. Hand-sew each one in place. You may find it easier to glue them in place first with fabric glue so they won’t shift during stitching.

Finished Necklace    

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