Thursday, 2 January 2014

Easy Lace Collar Necklace

Happy New Year every one! I'm starting out 2014 with a bit of DIY, sharing with you this lace collar necklace I made last year. This post is only going to be in English as it should all be quite simple, but German readers don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Tools & Equipment

So first off, here's what you'll need to make this necklace:

- Scissors
- Needle & thread
- Eyelet punch (or bolt & hammer)
- Gluegun & superglue

- Felt
- Eyelets
- Beads, rhinestones, sequins etc.
- Lace
- Ribbon or yarn

Out of the felt cut out two identical sickle shapes to make up either side of the collar. These are your top layers and the ones to be decorated. To prepare them, punch an eyelet through the end of each sickle. This is where the ribbon or yarn will be fastened onto the collar to create the necklace. If you have one, use an eyelet punch, but punching through felt is really easy so I just used the little applicator bolt that came with the pack and a hammer. Your collar pieces are now ready to be decorated. 

Step 1: Stitch on the Lace

Cut out a piece of lace to roughly match the shape of your collar pieces. Then, folding the lace around the felt, stitch it onto the base. Don't make your stitches too big, or they are likely to crumple or pull the fabric together. My piece of lace was not bit enough to cover the entire felt, so I sewed on another separate piece. Leave the eyelet uncovered of course. 

Step 2: Decorate 

If you want you can add a bit of sparkle to your necklace. I chose these mint blue sequins, which I sewed on as well, and some nice black rhinestones to highlight the flowers on my lace. I glued the rhinestones on using superglue and not the glue gun as it's not as precise and you're likely to end up with a big blob of glue in the middle of your necklace. 

Step 3: Back it up

The front of your collar is now done and looking pretty. The back, however, still shows all the stitching and left-over lace. To cover it and to make the piece more stable we need to back it. Cut out another identical sickle shape out of your felt - I used rougher, stronger felt for this - and glue it on using the glue gun. Then do the same with the other side of the collar. 

Step 4: Assemble

To assemble the necklace you can simply sew it together at the front. If you want to hide the stitching you can glue a rhinestone onto it or sew on a button to connect the two pieces. The good thing about this is, that the necklace will remain flexible. Then thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through each eyelet, tie it and finished is your statement collar necklace. Perfect to add sparkle to an old outfit.

All that remains doing now is wearing it. Mine was a gift for my lovely sister, who was kind enough to model it for the post. I think it looks great on her...

I hope you liked my little tutorial. Of course you can decorate your felt base any way you want... give your creativity free reign! I would love to see what you come up with!

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