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D.I.Y. Ruffle Necklace by Rebekah

For day six of our 18 Day Series, lovely jewelry designer Rebekah put together this great tutorial showing us how to make these fabulous ruffled necklaces.  Make one for yourself and/or as gifts for your girlfriends.  Perfect!

Here's more from Rebekah:  These fun ruffle necklaces are a super great way to use up any vintage or extra fabric you have on hand as well as any old jewelry or buttons from your stash. I used chain on this particular necklace but feel free to experiment with ribbon instead, these pieces are all one of a kind and make such a fun statement especially for the holiday season!  *For personal use only, please do not reproduce this project for're the best.

Supplies needed:

  • a strip of three and a half inch wide fabric
  • sewing machine
  • 20 gauge wire
  • chain jump rings and clasp for the closure
  • any buttons, ribbon, brooches to embellish your piece
  • needle and thread


1. First you need to cut a strip of fabric approx. 3" wide, the length will vary depending on the weight and how "full" you want your ruffle to be. I usually just trim the strip down as I go.

2. Iron your strip in half with the right side facing out.

3. next your are going to sew a 1/4" straight stitch along the folded end of your fabric.

4. Make sure you sew along the folded side, you are creating a sleeve for the wire.

5. Now you need to get our your wire and cut a piece approx. 12" in length. You will need to make a wire wrapped loop with one end of the wire. If you do not know how to make a wire wrapped loop check out my friend Lindsay's amazing tutorial here on the Fusion Beads website.

6. after you have wire wrapped one end of your wire, begin feeding the other end into the sleeve of the strip of fabric you have created.

7. continue until you have reached the desired rufflyness trimming off any excess fabric.

8. wire wrap the second end of the wire.

9. your pendant is now complete! At this point go ahead and add any chain, beads or ribbon that you want for the closure.

10. On my pendant I added a 3" piece of red velvet ribbon and a cameo button to make it festive.

11. fold the ribbon in half and with your needle and thread sew it onto your ruffle pendant.

12. when you are finished sewing on the ribbon, add your button..
Congratulations your ruffle necklace is finished!! now wrap it up and give it to your BFF or maybe your Sister like I did with this one. Have a great time making these sweet pieces and Merry Christmas! xo

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful project with us Rebekah!  To see more from Rebekah visit her:


Reader Comments (25)

Loooove love love this idea! Super cute. Thanks for sharing!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

This is totally awesome! I am going to have to try this when I am reunited with my sewing machine!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTravelingmama

What a creative but simple idea, love it! I can see this working with so many patterns and different color combos. I have many old pieces of jewelry that would look great as a detail on this. The perfect diy xmas gift! Thanks for sharing, Ez!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertiina

Oh that is fantastic! I love it.

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I love this, how generous to share how to make it! I was stumped for a couple Christmas gifts, and I think this will be just the thing!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarné

This is fabulous! Gotta try it :)

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRikkianne

This is soooooo cute. It just gave me another idea for a Christmas present!.

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMama Dee's Boutique

what a gorgeous piece! and so femenine, i love it! tks!! x

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNuit

Oh, pitter patter! I love this tutorial, how lovely is that black stripe and cameo! I'm super excited you can purchase them though since I'm not so crafty.

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGabreial

Oh, this is so beautiful! What a wonderful diy, thanks for sharing ladies!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa de la Fuente

This is too fab!!! Thanks Rebekah + Ez1

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss B.

Thank you for the tutorial:)

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChacoy

thank you thank you! i've been meaning to try and make one of these for some time now. i have another tut on my computer somewhere, but this one is much clearer - thanks again!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra keller

What a unique necklace. I love it, I want to make one for all my friends. Great tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration.

December 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterinmownstyle

oh, that is really cute and creative!

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen

just finished making this and not only to it beyond cute, but the tutorial was simple and easy to follow! thanks.

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkels

Thanks so much, I love this, really kind of you to create and share the tutorial.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeck

jessica from happy together made this back in may.

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentere

Hey, I simply love this, but could you give me an approximate as to how long the fabric should be? You only said the width was about 3 inches, so a clarification would be great! LOVE YA~

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This necklace is so beautiful, makes me think of the beach! I've added it to my roundup today, and you can grab a badge "I've been featured badge" if you'd like.

Thanks for the great post!!! :)

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie at Cheep Ideas

Olá. Gostei muito do passo a passo. Abraços

Hi. I loved this tutorial very much. Bye
I am from Brasil.

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Its really a creative idea and a unique necklace. nice tutorial really helpful.. easy to make after seeing this tutorial..thanks nice post..!! Gold Cameo Necklace ..

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercustome jewellery

Fabulos! I lik blog you

By: Stephanie Gomes: From Blazilian, Brazil

1000 kisses! my blog

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Gomes

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May 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreplica Thomas Wylde

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July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarmela

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