Make a Bib Necklace

Today's tutorial is by Allison of little lovelies. Since we are on the topic… have you seen this fabric flower bib necklace tutorial? Take it away Allison…

I am so excited to be back on Craft Snob! Thank you so much for the great response to my pearl hoop earrings tutorial! I would love for you all to take a look over at my blog, little lovelies. And if you like what you see, follow me! I will be having a follower giveaway at my blog in the next week, so I would love to have you. On with the tutorial…

Bib necklaces are everywhere. Every. Where. I love the look, but I tend to have a more muted style. Yeah, uhm, that’s it – muted. Not boring. So, I wanted something smaller and thinner than most rosette bib necklaces. I came up with this:

It is pretty easy to make, so let’s do it!

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Scrap leather (Michael’s sells bags of scrap leather for under $10)
  • Scrap of thicker white fabric – about 8”x8” is more than enough
  • Seed Beads
  • Necklace Chain
  • E-6000 and something to spread it with (I used a small wooden pick)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Paper/Pencil

Start by drawing out your pattern and making note of what color each circle will be.

For the next step, I just eyeballed the size of the circle I needed to cut out. If you wanted to be more meticulous, you could make a copy of the pattern, cut out each circle, trace it onto the leather, and then cut it out. But that is too many steps for me, especially since you can just push the circles closer together if you don’t cut out the circle *exactly* the right size. See – my circles aren’t all cut exactly the size of the ones I drew on my pattern, but it still works. Keep going until you have all the circles cut out and laid out on your pattern.

Next, I got out my cloth and laid out the cut out pieces, using the pattern as a guide.

Glue down your pieces with E-6000, except for the two small purple end circles

At this point, you will want to cut your chain. Since my chain was premade, I just cut it right in the middle using my wire cutters. Put a dab of E-6000 on one of your small circles, squish down one end of the cut chain, and glue that piece in place. Repeat for the other side.

This is what you will have at this point.

I wanted to add a little more texture, so I decided to add seed beads. This is where having a small pick or other small tool to apply glue will come in handy. E-6000 is a thick, sometimes stringy glue, so having a small tool to apply it with is much easier than applying it straight from the tube. I applied a small amount in the middle of the circle, in the gaps between the circles, and around the edges, and pressed in seed beads.

Let your necklace dry for a few hours before cutting out.

Pretty easy, right? Put it on and show off your cool, trendy style!  If you make one of your own, I would love to see! Thanks again, Sara, for the opportunity to share my necklace with your readers!

4 Comments
  1. LOVE it!!!!!!!!!

  2. SOOOOOO Cute!!
     
     

  3. That is so pretty! I love the beads! Thanks so much for this one, I'll be linking.

  4. I love wearing bib necklace because it can enhance a blank shirt easily. Opposite to you, I made mine with dozen of felt rosettes.

    http://phattgurll.blogspot.com/2012/02/garden-of-roses.html

    U inspired me to make a simple bib necklace though ;-)

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