DIY Friday: The Hat Brim Necklace Experiment
When one of the fabulous University Chic editors asked if we would attempt a DIY version of an Anthropologie necklace she recently bought for $10 (marked down from more than $200) we were intrigued. (Ok, and jealous.) She mentioned that the collar-like necklace resembled a hat brim, adorned with fabric and beads. We can do that, we thought! So we searched the Anthropologie site and found a ton of various big necklaces (like this one, and oh! this one) and started to gather ideas. There should be chains, we said, lots of chains. And charms! And ribbon!
This was our first foray into jewelry-making, but we learned a lot and liked the end result. Is it Anthropologie ready just yet? Not quite. But the techniques you need to know are easy to master and the materials are cheap. Here’s how you can create the Anthro look for one tenth the price!
* A hat (any old hat will do)
* A lightweight piece of fabric for the base
* Any needed adornments (we bought a pack of gold sequins, four packets of faux brass charms from the Michael’s “Nouveau Colour” collection and two chains from the Michael’s “Forged” Collection
* A glue gun
* Needle and thread
* Ribbon or extra chain to fasten the finished piece around your neck
Step 1: Cut off the cap of the hat, leaving just the brim. Hold the brim up against your chest, at necklace height, and decide how thick you want it to be. Trace the shape and dimensions with a marker.
Step 2: Using a very good pair of scissors or a super-sharp X-acto knife, cut out the shape of your necklace. We kept it simple – we followed the U-shape of the brim, and trimmed it to about an inch.
Step 3: Place the brim of the hat against your fabric and trace its shape. Then, allowing for at least a half inch on all sides (to glue down to the brim) cut it out.
Step 4: If you go with the same design we did, we first sewed the sequins onto our fabric (which was a piece of dark gray jersey material that used to be the lower half of some old yoga pants.)
Note: This is a very time-consuming step – nearly four hours of sewing the sequins! We’re not very good sewers so our technique was rudimentary – first we took the needle and thread up through the fabric. Then, we slipped the sequin over the needle and then secured it to the fabric on the down stitch. We repeated this in an overlapping pattern to fill in the entire bib.
Step 5: Once your sequins are finished, sew the charm directly over the sequins. Just a few tight stitches should keep them in place. Feel free to go through the holes in each sequin to secure the charms to the fabric.
Step 6: Sew your chains in the desired pattern over the length of the bib. We created a scalloped pattern so that the chain would hang just slightly beneath the end of the necklace.
Step 7: Almost there! Now that your bib is complete, hot glue the entire piece to the hat brim. Pull the extra fabric tight if you don’t want it to show.
Step 8: Decide how the bib will hang around your neck – will it be a delicate chain or feminine ribbon? Secure by sewing or hot gluing at the desired length.
Step 9: Tie that baby on tight (you’ve sewed for hours at this point – you’ve earned it) and go get fabulous.
Have more ideas, inspirations or suggestions? We’d love to hear them! Hit us up at email@example.com or Tweet at us (if you’re friends of @UniversityChic on Twitter you’ll see us) and we can feature your design in an upcoming post.
For more DIY ideas visit Yay! DIY (www.yaydiy.com)
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