June 4, 2012

Simple Ruffle Necklace Tutorial

Sometimes in the midst of a lot of involved sewing it's nice to stop and create something simple. This was my simple project last week -- a little leather necklace with a ruffle!

Here's how you can make your own.

All you will need is leather string and some cute cotton fabric.
  •  Cut a piece of leather string for your necklace. Mine was 30 inches long.
  • Cut out a rectangle for the ruffle measuring 1.5 inches x 6.5 inches. Cut another rectangle on the bias measuring 1.25 inches x 3.5 inches. This will be your binding piece.
  • Using a quarter inch seam allowance sew with a basting stitch down one long side of the ruffle piece leaving long tails of thread. (If you want to finish the edges of the ruffle piece you can zig zag around the edges, turning the fabric slightly under as you go.)

  • Fold under 1/4 inch on all sides of the binding piece and press. Then fold in half and press.

  • Gather the ruffle piece until it is the same length as the binding piece. Center the ruffle on the leather string and sandwich both in the binding.
  • Stitch along the edge of the binding to secure the ruffle onto the necklace.
  • The best part about this necklace is you don't have to use a clasp! All you have to do is take both ends of the necklace and knot them on the other side. Another plus is that it's adjustable!

 And here it is. A very simple summer-y necklace!

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  1. This necklace is lovely, and it looks like it is really easy to make. Thanks for sharing, Alison!


  2. Very cute! I love how that looks. I might have to make myself one!;)

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