Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ruffle Necklace DIY

Lately, I've been brain-storming different series to incorporate into Meyer on the Wire.  I always love stumbling across another blog's series and being able to read multiple installments of something I find interesting.  I have several ideas in my head, but still need to sort through the specifics of them.  One thing I do think everyone loves though is a good DIY project.

So, here it is: the very first DIY project on Meyer on the Wire.  Lucky for me and you, the holidays are right around the corner so these DIY projects can be used as gift giving inspiration!  And, yes, you can give yourself a gift.

Ez, of Creature Comforts, has one of the most amazing DIY + Project libraries I've found.  I was smitten with this sweet, quirky necklace that jewelry designer Rebekah put together.  Here are is the how-to. You can find even more inspiration at Creature Comforts.

p.s. Wouldn't this be so adorable with a tulle fabric?

 Ruffle Necklace DIY

Supplies needed:
  • a strip of three and a half inch wide fabric
  • sewing machine
  • 20 gauge wire
  • chain jump rings and clasp for the closure
  • any buttons, ribbon, brooches to embellish your piece
  • needle and thread

1. First you need to cut a strip of fabric approx. 3" wide, the length will vary depending on the weight and how "full" you want your ruffle to be. I usually just trim the strip down as I go.
2. Iron your strip in half with the right side facing out.
3. next your are going to sew a 1/4" straight stitch along the folded end of your fabric.
4. Make sure you sew along the folded side, you are creating a sleeve for the wire.

5. Now you need to get our your wire and cut a piece approx. 12" in length. You will need to make a wire wrapped loop with one end of the wire. If you do not know how to make a wire wrapped loop check out my friend Lindsay's amazing tutorial HERE on the Fusion Beads website.
6. after you have wire wrapped one end of your wire, begin feeding the other end into the sleeve of the strip of fabric you have created.

7. continue until you have reached the desired rufflyness trimming off any excess fabric.
8. wire wrap the second end of the wire.
9. your pendant is now complete! At this point go ahead and add any chain, beads or ribbon that you want for the closure.
10. On my pendant I added a 3" piece of red velvet ribbon and a cameo button to make it festive.

11. fold the ribbon in half and with your needle and thread sew it onto your ruffle pendant.
12. when you are finished sewing on the ribbon, add your button...and voila!

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I hope you like this DIY! Be sure to check out Creature Comforts for more DIY goodness and other wonderful, beautiful things.  And, you should also visit Rebekah's blog, she just had the most adorable little girl.


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