Okay, so while this week may feel like a drag for some of you, I hope you find great delight knowing that it’s my ‘Craft with Molu‘ time of the week! To break those monotonous mid-week blues, I’ve got this awesome ‘bib’ necklace for you to try, that’s if you’re into big show-stopping statement necklaces like me! :) I know this is another ‘necklace’ tutorial but this one’s much funkier than the last! I’ve always wanted to make one of these myself especially when I’m forced to steer away from them in shops because they’re either too expensive or too tacky. And when you have a surplus of buttons kicking about the house….well I think you know where this is going ;)
- Crafting Felt
- Buttons – the assorted, the better!
- A template – of your desired shape and size for your ‘bib’
- Glue gun (or any adhesive that’s great with fabric….however, I won’t recommend Copydex unless you want a fishy smell to your necklace!)
- For the ‘bib’ part of the necklace, you first need to determine a template to which you can work with. You can either free-hand draw this or use something to trace around which is what I did by using another necklace I had. Now, you can pick something much simpler in shape and size. I personally liked the half-circle which I thought would work better with buttons. Anyway, use your template to draw out your ‘bibs’ in felt. You will need two of them.
- Cut neatly around the outline,
- The first felt piece will be the one that you will stick your buttons onto. The second piece will be the backing piece which will conceal all the mess (if any!) and reinforce the entire ‘bib’ once the buttons are stuck.
- Roughly start laying out your selection of buttons onto the felt piece just so that you get a feel for how the fit together. Do this in small sections; i.e. group a few together and once your pleased with, then stick them down. Also, if you’re quite the meticulous type then you may find this part taking slightly longer especially if you’d like to get them all sitting relatively neatly around the outer edges.
- Cover the backs of the buttons with glue before sticking them down. If you are using a glue gun just make sure you do this neatly as the glue tends to be quite stringy. You don’t want to have any signs of glue seeping around the edges or through the holes. And obviously, do be careful not to burn yourself either!
- Although some of you may find arranging the assorted buttons together bit like a jigsaw puzzle, just remember not to let it take the fun out of this project. Be a little carefree if you have to! If there are any odd little areas, find a way to cleverly overlap them with another button or use smaller buttons to fill in the oddly shaped left-over gaps. Besides having it look too perfect loses the handmade charm….well, that’s what I tell myself! :)
- Pick out your choice of ribbon which will basically act as the ‘chains’ to your necklace. You can either pick something bold and colourful that compliments the colours of your buttons or be much more discreet and select one that is the same colour as the felt. You will need 35-40 cm in length for both ends (this allows you to tie it in a nice bow around your neck) so make sure you cut out two sets of the same length. This will include the bits that will be stuck to the back of the ‘bib’.
- Take roughly 4-5 cm (1.5″) of the ribbon and stick/fasten this with glue to the back of the ‘bib’. Do this on both ends.
- Take the second felt piece (i.e. your backing piece) and stick it neatly to the reverse side of the front piece. Press down on it gently to ensure the backing piece is firmly adhered. Try to keep them aligned so that you have a neat finish,
- And there you have it! You’re fun and eclectic bib necklace made out of assorted buttons is ready to be rocked with either casual or formal wear! Perhaps you could wear this out for your Valentine’s Day dinner? ;)
I must say, I had so much fun making this and delighted at how well it’s turned out so I really hope that you enjoy it just as much as I did! This literally took me about an hour to do so its a great project for those limited with spare time. Like I said before, you can downsize it a bit to suit your style/taste or even to make the task much easier. Either way, if you do give this a go, please do share your creations with me on my Facebook page just by posting your photo with the the hashtag #craftwithmolu.
Happy crafting folks!!! xx