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Spring Project: Ruffle Necklaces

I am ready for Spring and warm weather! As I was checking out blogs a few weeks ago, I spotted a cute idea at Creature Comforts. It got my mind thinking about Spring and making some cute necklaces that would jazz up a plain Spring t-shirt.
So I got out my fabric scraps and went to work.Of course I had to try making one with burlap. I used an old t-shirt and backed the burlap with the soft material so it wouldn’t be itchy.
Nautical – very Springish!
There is a great tutorial on Creature Comforts. I changed a few things; here is what I did:
Jewelry wire (flexible)
needle-nose pliers and jewelry pliers
scraps of material
Embellishments — buttons, brooches, lace, whatever you dream up!
thin jewelry chain
lobster clasp
jump rings ( 4 per necklace)
  • Cut about 10 inches of jewelry wire
  • Make a loop at one end of the wire using your needle-nose and regular pliers. If you need instructions on how to do this — click HERE. Set the wire aside.
  • Cut a length of fabric approximately 5-6 inches in width and about 16 inches in length. {this depends on how wide you would like you necklace and how ruffly. 16 inches in length will be quite ruffly. You can always cut a little off your length — so overestimate}
  • There are 2 ways I made the fabric parts of the necklaces. One, I folded the material over so the ends met and sewed a straight line about 1/4 under the fold.
  • The second is a little trickier — Get your iron out. Iron a small seam — 1/4 inch on both sides of the length of your fabric. You want the ends to fold in toward the wrong side of the fabric. Then fold the seams toward each other and iron the material down the length of the fabric. Your material should be right side out on both sides.Then sew a straight stitch down the edge of the length of the material to close up the seams you just made. This will keep the raw edges from unraveling.
  • Now make another straight stitch about 1/4 inch under the stitch you just made. This will make an opening in the material that you can thread your wire through. 
  • Now thread your wire through the opening — using the unfinished side of the wire through the opening.
  • Once you have threaded the wire through, you will be able to see how ruffly the necklace is going to look. You can trim some of the material off if you want a less ruffly look. Scrunch the material down a little and make another loop on the other end of the wire just as you did at the beginning. 
  • Add jump rings to each side of the loops. 
  • Attach about 6 inches of fine chain to each of the jump rings on each side of the necklace. 
  • Attach a jump ring to each of the other side of the chain at the top of the necklace and attach your lobster clasp.
  • Now you can add your embellishments. On some of the necklaces I hot glued ribbon to cover up the seam at the top. Then I made flowers out of some alternating material and added scrapbooking embellishments or brooches.

Have a Great Day!

this blessed nest

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  1. Jessica@SewHomegrown says:

    really cute springy necklace! I'll be linking today – if that's not okay, let me know :)

  2. Jen Avila says:

    I really love this idea! I am excited to try one of my own. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lori@KitchenFunk says:

    Wow I LOVE these!!! Gorgeous! I can't wait to make them, thanks for sharing this beautiful accessory!! ~Lori

  4. Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle says:

    Mmm, yum! I'm going to have to have a go at making these! xx

  5. this blessed nest says:

    i think you should be a fashion designer in your next life. you have such fabulous ideas.

    these are all so beautiful. it's no surprise i can visualize myself wearing all of these gorgeous creations.

    thanks for linking!


  6. yourstrulyisabel says:

    Thanks for sharing! I am a crafter myself and I would love to feature your design at

    Would this be okay with you?


  7. Elizabeth says:

    Absolutely love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a cute and easy way to jazz up a simple tee!! Weekend craft project, check!

  9. kumorris says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I have featured it on CraftGossip, as I know our leaders will love it.

  10. Kami @ Sweet Charli... says:

    These are so much fun – I love them! Just letting you know I featured this on my blog! sweetcharli.blogspot.com

  11. Vivienne says:

    Darling! Seriously!

  12. cookies and cups says:

    those are so adorable!!!

  13. Love your stuff. I just found your blog and am amazed! Do you have an etsy shop? I would love to buy your work.. I could never recreate it to be half as beautiful as you makeit.

  14. Christine says:

    These are adorable!

  15. These are awesome and so very NOW! What a great way to expand your wardrobe inexpensively and make those comfy and inexpensive fitted t's from Target a bit more pulled together looking! THANKS for sharing…You've got a new follower!

  16. these are darling…i love the idea of fabric jewelry!

  17. Infarrantly Creative says:

    EEEEEK… I love the floral spring print one. That is beautiful way to dress up a basic colored t-shirt. Yum!

  18. I love the burlap necklace!

  19. Nancy's Couture says:

    These necjkaces are amazing!!!! I am adding this to my to do list

  20. Nancy's Couture says:

    Oh how I love the junk couture crown and the custom vintage paper pendant necklace!! Just beautiful!!!!!!

  21. How adorable! Thanks for linking my giveaway in your sidebar!

  22. You are on a roll! Loving these necklaces. I have a few outfits that could really use something like this! Great job…again.

  23. Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. says:

    Love the polka dot one!

  24. Red Door Home says:

    Just found your blog via UCreat. Love the necklace. I am now a new follower.

  25. I dropped by from UCreate. Your blog always inspire me. I will definitely try this one (as well as your book egg wreath which I haven't been able to shake from my mind since I saw it).

  26. I love these I saw some in a catalog and was wanting to try to make me one thanks for the directions


  27. Love the Decor! says:

    THose necklaces are adorable I of course am drawn right to the back and white ones!!
    Thanks for posting my giveaway to your side bar I love it!!

  28. Aren't these fun? I sale them in my Etsy shop: yellowblackbird.etsy.com.

  29. Tammy@InStitches says:

    They are adorable. I need to add that to my list of things to do….

  30. Those are so pretty! Great way to dress up a plain tee!

  31. Ahhhhhh! So CUTE! You never cease to amaze me :)

  32. Pinky's Cottage says:

    Love the jewelry. So different. One of a kind. Newest follower.

  33. Meet Virginia says:

    These turned out so stinking cute! I have got to do these!!



  34. These are lovely! The brown one is gorgeous. Your post also reminded me to check our Creature Comforts again — haven't been to her site in a while.

  35. Katie's Nesting Spot says:

    Gorgeous!!!! I love the green print and the black and white polka dots.

  36. Hey nice style lady! I used the same amy butler fabric in my tutorial today too! ha ha….. 😉

  37. Liz @ Sugarplum Creations says:

    Oh my goodness, Jen, these are GORGEOUS! Definitely something I'm going to have to make time for. I LOVE!

  38. Manuela@TPOH says:

    So cute Jen! I really like the bright green and blue one. So springy!


  39. I have been dreaming about ruffles and necklaces. I'm definitely trying these! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Lanie Ree says:

    These are adorable! I especially like the first two.

  41. Michelle says:

    oh my gosh, how adorable!!! What a great use of some leftover scraps!! Definitely gonna have to try that :)

  42. In this wonderful life... says:

    LOVE these!!!

  43. Fantastic as usual!!!! I giggled this morning when I saw your post…we both have fabric necklace tutorials today!… you know what they say about great minds!
    I hope you had a great time in Hawaii and are recovering! I'm still not back in the "swing" of things from being out of town.


  44. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    The colorful one is my favorite. They are all beautiful!!! A great addition to your Spring wardrobe. :)

  45. Rebecca D says:

    Too cute…

    I left you a little something on my blog…


  46. LOVE all of them Jen!! So, so cute!!! Do you think I could make one w/out a sewing machine, possibly using something like stich witchery?? I have everything but a machine 😉

  47. LOVE the blue and green springy one.

  48. Darn you Jen! My list is alread a mile long in both directions! I love them! You are cute all sassy in your bedroom! Love it!

  49. jennykate77 says:

    Oh my goodness, Jen! These are the CUTEST!!! I'm so into chunky necklaces right now…and these with the ruffles and flowers are right up my alley! Gosh, why didn't I let my mother teach me to sew?!?! I may have to break out the sewing machine and give it a whirl. :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful day!!♥♥

  50. Julie Harward says:

    So cute Jen…your creativity always amazes me! I bought some cute smaller pieces of fabric..I am going to try to make some baby and toddler dresses…haven't sewed since Jr' high and that wasn't a good thing either! I have dome quilts but not this…help! I hope I can figure it all out…doing just "out of my own head' thing! ;D

  51. I love the burlap one! SO fun!

  52. michelle says:

    oh those are too cute, especially with a plain little T! Im not even going to attempt; mine would NOT turn out! ha

  53. I was just saying the other day, maybe jewelry is one thing that I don't have to make. Its ok to buy some things. Well I think you just changed my mind. These are SO cute and look pretty easy. Thanks!

  54. Kami @ Sweet Charli... says:

    Very cute! I love them all, thanks for sharing!

  55. these are awesome, thanks for the tut!

  56. Jen, these are adorable!!! As soon as I saw them I went looking for your Etsy store on your sidebar. Did I miss it??

    I love the poka-dot one! I love how it dresses up a plain shirt! Have a great Tuesday Jen!

  57. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    So cute! I love the colorful one and the burlap one!

  58. Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals says:

    So Cute, love the look; fresh and modern.
    Great Idea to use up scrap fabric oh and the rosettes are a beautiful touch.

  59. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    So cute! All of them :)

  60. Jenglamgirl says:

    Jen~ those are super darling! Love the Nauticual, black and White, and the green one BEST! I wish I had a sewing machine… boo hoo, i don't! I so want one of these, they are just so darling… AS ARE YOU! HUGS, JGG

  61. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    Oh these are darling!

  62. Hope you get this…featured you on my new blog today…love the ruffles…will do!

  63. Connie Weiss says:

    I love it! Very cute and so easy!

  64. I LOVE these!!! So gorgeous!

  65. Enchantresses Three says:

    Guess what I will be doing today!!! Making your amazing necklaces! So cute!!!


    Awesome necklaces!

  67. carolyn@sweet tea and linen says:

    Those are so pretty! What a great way to dress up a springy outfit. Love them all! Thanks for sharing

  68. Are those ever CUTE, Jen!!! They really dress up a white tee! It's good to haee you back…hope you had a great time on your trip!

  69. hello… hapi blogging… have a nice day! just visiting here….

  70. ♥Amber Filkins♥ says:

    SUPER cute Jen!! And it's so funny that I just did my Etsy Envy post on necklaces, and I saw some similar to this!

    I ♥♥♥ all of these!!!

  71. Stephanie Lynn says:

    These are simply stunning! I love them all – what a fabulous job!

  72. I thought I really liked the first one, but then


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