How to Make a Sewn Necklace
August 30th, 2014
August 8th, 2014
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
2. Turn the necklace right side out. Press the edges flat.
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.
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.
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