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Ruffled necklaces

Fabric focals dress up a simple strand
Ruffled necklaces
Make the bib necklace (left), or the pendant necklace (right), by stringing beads with fabric.

When a holiday comes around, I like to dress for the occasion — but not too overtly. On the 4th of July, you won’t see an American flag t-shirt on this girl. Instead, I’ve got a bright red dress that needs some crisp white and blue accents, and these polka dot ruffles paired with white beads and tiny red bicones are just the thing!

See the instructions for both necklace projects below, or download the free project PDF.

Supplies

Bib necklace 19 in. (48 cm) 

  • 9–10-in. (23–25 cm) fabric bib
  • 23–29 12 mm round beads
  • 17–21 3 mm bicone crystals
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pin
  • 4 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain for extender, 7–9 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Pendant necklace 21 in. (53 cm)

  • 3–4-in. (7.6–10 cm) fabric pendant or brooch
  • 16–18 22 mm nugget beads
  • 4 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 14–16 3 mm bicone crystals
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain for extender, 10–12 mm links
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from Michaels, michaels.com for retail information.

Instructions:

Ruffled necklaces bib 1
Photo A
Bib necklace

1. Cut a 12–16-in. (30–41 cm) piece of beading wire. String a crimp bead, a round bead, and the loop of a fabric bib. Go back through the beads just strung, tighten the wire, and crimp the crimp bead. Repeat for the other loop of the bib (Photo A).

2. On each wire, string a round bead and a bicone crystal. Repeat until the strand is within 2 in. (5 cm) of the finished length, ending with a round. 

3. On one end, string a crimp bead, a round, and a lobster claw clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Repeat on the end of the other wire, substituting a 1-in. (2.5 cm) chain for the clasp. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

4. On a head pin, string a round and a bicone. Make a plain loop. Open the loop and attach the end link of the extender chain. Close the loop.

Ruffled necklaces pendant 1
Photo B
Pendant necklace

1. Cut a piece of beading wire and string a fabric pendant or brooch (Photo B).

2. On each side of the pendant, string a nugget and a 3 mm bicone crystal. Repeat, stringing more beads on one side than the other, until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. End with a nugget.

3. On one end, string a 4 mm bicone, a crimp bead, a 4 mm, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 1-in. (2.5 cm) chain for the clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

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