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Guest Project — Make a $70 J. Crew-inspired necklace for $10

27 Aug
Jcrew Knock off Necklace
Ok lets get started…. 
Here is the $70 (ouch) original necklace
Now here is how to make one for only $10
Chains (I chose gold because I wear it a lot but silver would look awesome too)
*please note all the chain was originally purchased at JOANNS on a 40% jewelery clearance – there will be left over chain from this project*
Ribbon (i used 24 inches total)
2 metal  hooks
One clasp
metal pliers (for opening the links)
Start cutting all your chain to desired length…make each on a bit longer than the next so they layered.
Then using one of your metal “hooks / connectors” loop each chain onto it.
Pinch it shut and repeat on the other side of the chain
I cut my 24 inch ribbon in half…
tie each 12 inch piece onto your metal loops
*a bow would be really cute too – or you could sew your ends shut*
 Make sure you burn the ends of the ribbon so they don’t fray
add your final clasp to make taking it on and off easy
*please note if you are making it long enough to go over your head you can skip the part about cutting your ribbon and just tie it in one piece with NO clasp or connector*
Pretty easy huh?
if you wanted to add some **BLING** to it you could add a cute button or pin on the top side of one of the chains
These necklaces would make great gifts for Christmas or make them in all different kinds of metal for you!
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Thanks so much for having me guest post today Jen! 
I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial!
if you make one…let me know.I love to see your creations using my tutorials!

Brittany – you are just too cute!! 
Seriously – this girl can whip up projects like nobody’s business!! She is so creative!
You guys have probably seen Brittany’s Amazing Laundry Room Sign all over blogland lately – love it!
She made these beautiful Anthro-Inspired knobs -so pretty!!
Of course I love this sign – and hers with the bird is so fun! You can download these over at her place!
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - tiffany blue - spring collection - designer favorite ((Rosette bib statment necklace))
Brittany also has a wonderful etsy shop where she sells beautiful items like this Breakfast at Tiffany’s Necklace swoon! 
Be sure to check out {Love Stitched} – you will be glad you did!
PS — The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts tonight at 7 PM {MST} — although I have been starting it a tad early… Come join up so I can feature YOUR ideas!

20- Minute Tied Double Flower Necklace

29 Jun
I needed something to liven up a plain t-shirt the other day. So I got out my fabric scraps and went to work.
20-Minute Tied Double Flower Necklace

Fabric Scraps (5 or 6 patterns)
Sewing Machine (or hot glue gun if you don’t have a machine)
2 Button Covers (or old buttons can be used if you don’t have button covers)
Glue Gun
Here’s What You Do:
  1. Cut a long strip of material approximately 26 inches in length by 2 inches in width. 
  2. Fold the fabric in half (it helps if you can iron it) and then sew a seam about 1/4 of an inch away from the edges all the way down the length of material. Now tie the two edges together, forming a large circle.
  3. Take the other scraps of fabric and cut little strips of material about 1 inch in width by 4 inches in length. You will need about 20 pieces of material (approximately).
  4. Tie a knot in the necklace about every inch, alternating patterns of fabric until you have gone around the entire necklace. The knot in the original necklace will blend right in to the other knots.
  5. Now you make the flowers. Cut 4 strips of fabric in different patterns — 12 inches in length by 2 inches in width
  6. Use you sewing machine to put a seam down the center of each piece of material, using your widest width setting — your material will automatically bunch up.{ If you don’t have a machine, you can use your hot glue gun to make the flowers in the next step.}
  7. Make two two-inch circles out of felt or other material. Now run a bead of hot glue around the outside of the felt circle. Attach one of the ruffled strips to the hot flue. Make sure the edge of the material hangs over the felt so it can’t be seen. Do the same thing with the second fabric strip, laying it in the center of the felt circle. Cut off any excess material. {If you are using a glue gun, ruffle the material as you hot glue it to the felt as you go around the circle. Do this with both pieces of material. Do this to both flowers.}
  8. Do this to the second flower — following the same steps. 
  9. Use a small piece of material and cover your button covers. If you don’t have button covers, you can use old buttons or scrapbooking brads or flowers.
  10. Now use Gorilla Glue to attach the fabric flowers to the necklace.


    Anthro-inspired Nautical Necklace

    23 Feb
     Here’s my $5 version of Anthropologie’s Curls & Coils Necklace.
    As soon as I saw this necklace, I was working out how to make it. I love the nautical, rough texture combined with the sparkle!
    At first I was looking for cotton rope, but upon further inspection I discovered that it is actually made out of cotton upholstery cording. 

    I hand-stitched the cording together, forming loops.

    At the ends I was at a loss of how to finish off the necklace. Of course there are professional beading ends that you can buy made specifically for this type of project. But I didn’t have them in my stash of bead-making supplies.


     So I improvised, I wrapped the cut ends in a piece of scotch tape. Then I took metal wire and started about 1/2 inch from the end, I wrapped the wire tightly around the cording until I reached the end of the piece. Then I threaded the end of the wire through a metal beading cone (found at the craft store). I put some Gorilla Glue in the inside of the cone and pushed the end of the cord into the cone and let it dry. After it was dry, I made a loop with the wire and attached a jump ring to the loop. Then I took the other end of the wire and wrapped it around the base to secure the loop. I did this on each end of the necklace, making loops on both ends. On one side of the necklace I attached a lobster claw to the jump ring. On the other end I attached a 2 inch piece of find chain with 3 jump rings attached. That way the necklace is adjustable depending on the length I want to wear it. 

     On one side of the necklace I attached gold, rhinestone buttons that I found at Joanne Fabrics. I hand-sewed them on to the loops. 

    I wore it yesterday!!
    I’m linking up to Kimba’s DIY Day

    and Today’s Creative Blog

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    Have A Happy Day!