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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Guest Post: DIY Ribbon Necklace


 My crafty sister-in-law Elise has made a few of these beautiful ribbon necklaces for Clare, who just adores them. And I adore them so much that I've even considered stealing the brown one! Since I'm on my way out of town on a road trip to Austin, I asked her to share the details with all of us. Isn't she nice? Find Elise's DIY Ribbon Necklaces after the jump.

What you'll need: 
• Various ribbon.  I picked up these sets of 6 from the dollar bin at Target.  I used the solid ribbon (from Michael's discount bin) for the ties.
• Sewing machine (I tried one of these hand-sewed, but it fell apart pretty rapidly.  Not up to snuff for child-wearing.  Maybe if you're skills are much better than mine.)
• A lighter or candle (this part is optional, but I found that it really helps) Editors note: Use fire at your own risk and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be careful with open flames in a house with kiddos!
Note: the pictures are just basting stitches, since my machine is at the Bernina Store getting repaired.

What to do: 

1.  Cut your ribbon into stripes approx. 4 inches long.  (You want to have plenty of maneuvering room.)
2.  With right sides together, sew up and back.  I used about a 1/4" seam.   My fingers got a little fumbly with anything smaller :-)

3.  Melt the ends of the ribbon in the candle or lighter.  Before it completely cools, press the seam to one side, effectively sealing the ribbon.  Turn your loop right-side-to.

4.  Thread your next piece of ribbon through your loop, right sides together.  Stitch, seal, flip.
 Remember to link each new piece through your previous loop.  The first time, I ended up with a bunch of unconnected loops because I wasn't thinking.  Oops!

5.  Once you feel like your string of loops is long enough (I used all the ribbon), cut two lengths of your solid-color ribbon.  Mine were about 18", but it could be shorter or longer based on how long you want your necklace.  You want enough length to tie a bow.  

6.  Seal off both ends of your ribbon with your candle.  

7.  Loop the ribbon through one end of your necklace and stitch.  Repeat with the other length of ribbon on the other end of your necklace.

8.  Tie ends in a pretty bow.  Ta-da!  You're done.

Thanks Elise! I hope this doesn't mean that you want us to make our own necklaces from here on out. HA!

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Blogger Jaimie said...

This is really cute for a little girl!

April 8, 2010 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

what a cute idea!

April 8, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

super cute!!! would be a fun garland too

April 8, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Love it! And I don't even have daughters. I'm trying to think of a way to make a grown-up version of this. Or, heck, I'll just make it like this and wear it anyway!

April 9, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger kumorris said...

Excellent tutorial, thanks so much for sharing! I know our readers over at CraftGossip will love it, so I am posting a link to it later this week. THanks again!

April 12, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Softflexgirl said...

Nice design!

April 23, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Thank You SO Much for this! Yes, I know I'm a little slow on getting this out, but I'm making some for my friend's little girl. She had lead poisoning when she was a baby and now she has a laundry list of items she can't have, and one is jewelry. But she's such a princess, it made me so sad to see her unable to have a necklace, and now I'm going to make her a bunch and send them out. She's going to be SO excited.

July 5, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger The Mejia Fam said...

I love this...made one for my 16 mo old the other day...except used a glue gun instead of sewing each loop...thanks!!

See pics here:

October 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger yourstrulyisabel said...

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

Would this be okay with you?


December 3, 2010 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Thanks for your interest in our DIY project. Please feel free to repost one of the photos (and a project description) with a link to the DIY on Thank you for asking!

December 3, 2010 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger greta @ topography said...

Couldn't wait to try this when I found it, have posted my effort here

February 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger HJC Editor said...

We have featured your designs at
Take a look. Do let your readers know that you have been featured ya! Thanks!


March 9, 2011 at 1:15 AM  

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