Sometimes you just don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing. Other times, even though you want to keep up with trends, you simply don’t have the money to spend. The good news is that you don’t have to miss out of the Choker Necklace if you fall into either of these categories. You can make your own choker necklace in very simple steps. Even if you’re not particularly crafty or you don’t have many tools, this do-it-yourself project will be a breeze. Here’s how to make a simple ribbon choker to accessorize your outfits. When you’re ready to purchase a sterling silver or gold vermeil choker, see this.
In the meantime, you will need:
- A length of ribbon or fabric
- Thread in a color close to the ribbon
- A needle
- Chain and clasp (optional)
1. Determine how long the choker needs to be.
There are two ways to do this. If you have a measuring tape, measure around your neck and add one inch. If you don’t have a tape, just grab your ribbon or another narrow piece of fabric, wrap it around the desired area of your neck and add an inch. Once you have a right length, cut the material.
2. Create Small Loops at the End.
Grab one end of the ribbon, fold it onto the wrong side to form a loop of about ¼ inch. The wrong side is the side which isn’t shiny, the one you don’t want to show. Sew the fold in place then repeat this at the other end of the ribbon. Make sure this side is folded onto the wrong side as well. Remember, the aim is for the cut end to be invisible when you wear the necklace. If you want to finish the necklace quickly or you can’t sew, you can just tie the ribbon around your neck with a bow at the back. To do this, you will need to add a couple extra inches to the length of the material.
3. Add Ties or a Clasp
If you don’t plan to simply tie the ribbon in a bow, you will need to follow this step. Snip off about three inches of string. You can use any colour since it won’t be visible from the front but if you like a uniform look, get a colour close to that of the ribbon. Thread the string through the loops you made before and tie the ends to keep the choker in place. If the string seems too long, feel free to cut it.
If you want a more store-bought look, you can add a short piece of chain and a clasp to the choker. You can purchase these online or from craft stores or even re purpose some from a necklace you no longer use. Simply sew them on to the ends of the choker with a few quick stitches and your cute new accessory will be done.
Making a choker is one of the simplest DIY fashion projects. If you just want to try the trend without too much commitment or look fashionable in a pinch, you won’t go wrong with this choice.