Today I am handing the blog over to the lovely and talented Morgan from Pepper Design Blog, a wonderful little corner of the web dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for decorating your home, organizing your space & throwing the perfect party. It’s been so fun and inspiring to feature all these guest bloggers, and today’s post from Morgan is no exception. She has put together two great tutorials for you, so without further ado, here’s Morgan!
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Hello everyone! I must say, it was quite an honor when Bethany asked me to fill in for a day here on b*spoke, so a big thank you for allowing me to introduce myself to all of your lovely readers! Since my own blog is a little inspirational design site dedicated to everything home & hostessing, I thought this might the perfect opportunity to share about another favorite of mine: diy fashion!
I found a beautiful green necklace at the flea market the other day and couldn’t wait to modify it into something I’d wear on a regular basis. I was so inspired with my future ‘ribbon necklace’ that I picked up another strand of delicate purple crystal beads that I found in the 50% off bin at Michaels. This tutorial quickly highlights the steps for modifying each set of strands into a classy ribbon necklace that works perfectly over a simple tee, dresses up an outfit for a night out on the town, or transitions to office wear under a classic blazer. Hope you enjoy!
Ribbon Necklace DIY Tutorial: Chain Link Necklace
Materials: Beads, ribbon, sewing needle and thread, round nose pliers
1} For this tutorial I began with beads already assembled in a chain link design. If you’re starting from scratch, thread your beads on long eye pins and use your needle nose pliers to create a loop at the opposite end. Connect your beads and eye pins together to catch up to where we are now.
2} Snip off excess chain, this is where we’ll replace the chain with ribbon.
3} Be sure your last bead’s metal eye pin creates a perfect loop that a ribbon could not slip free from. Use your needle nose pliers to enforce.
4} Thread ribbon through metal loop. Use your sewing needle and thread to create a simple stich close to the bead. Three or four times through and a knot should do the trick.
5} Trim off excess ribbon and thread from the back side and repeat steps to secure the opposite end of the necklace.
6} Tada! A modern and stylish ribbon necklace!
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Ribbon Necklace DIY Tutorial: Elastic String Necklace
Materials: Beads, ribbon, sewing needle and thread, round nose pliers, elastic beading thread/cord (or flexible wire), crimp beads
1} This next ribbon necklace calls for a slightly different modification. The second strand of beads I found at Michaels was not on a chain but came as a single strand on elastic thread.
2} You can opt to re-thread the beads on a stronger flexible wire – I kept mine just as it was right off the shelf since the elastic cord was sturdy (just be sure you have enough excess string to work with).
3} Add a crimp bead to the end of your strand.
4} Include your ribbon at this point by draping it over elastic thread right above the crimp bead.
5} Fold elastic thread over ribbon and string through crimp bead again, creating a loop.
6} Use your pliers to smash crimp bead together, securing your elastic thread.
7} Using your sewing needle and sewing thread, create a simple stitch to secure the ribbon in place
8} Cut off any excess thread and ribbon, and you’re finished!
The best part? All supplies cost less than $3 per necklace! Imagine all of the re-stringing you can do with ancient earrings, necklaces and bracelets buried in your jewelry box…
Thanks again, Bethany! Take care everyone!
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Isn’t that just darling?? And so easy too. I love all these creative, fun DIY projects that everyone is coming up with. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I will go dig through my jewelry box in search of some old necklaces to re-string!