I Love to Create: Fabric Necklace

It all started with a Louis Vuitton necklace. My sister Hope and I coveted the large chunky owl endowed necklace, but knew we could never afford the real thing. Lucky for me my sister can draw like a mutha’, so that is exactly what she did. She drew a version of the infamous Louis Vuitton necklace on a piece of shrink plastic that we transformed into a necklace. Before we did any shrinking however I scanned in the paper so that I had a version to do with as I pleased. Like say for instance make into a fabric necklace for this week’s I Love to Create Column. The necklace in size and texture is very reminiscent of the Casual Friday Necklace from The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry. Read on to learn how to make your own fabric Louis Vuitton necklace and for a chance to win a copy of The Naughty Secretary Club so you can learn how to make your own Casual Friday Necklace too.

Aleene’s Liquid Fusible Web
Tulip Cordless Heat Setting Tool
Tulip Glam-It-Up! Fashion Art Tweezers
Tulip Glam-It-Up! Iron-On Crystals
Sew-In Computer Printer Fabric
Craft Felt
Plastic Chain
Art Work
2 jump rings
2 rhinestone beads

First things first you need an amazing piece of art that you want to transform into a necklace, preferably one with a rendition of a marshmallow Peep and a big pair of lips.

I took the image and scanned it into my computer. I tweaked the size in Photoshop to get it to the right size and then printed it out onto computer printer fabric.

Once the fabric was printed on I ironed on some interfacing to make it a little stiffer. From here using Aleene’s Liquid Fusible Web I adhered the necklace to a piece of hot pink animal print craft felt which was to be the backside of the necklace.

Next I wanted to add a little sparkle so using Iron On Crystals, Fashion Art Tweezers and my handy dandy little Cordless Heat Setting Tool (all from Tulip) I gave the little owl some sparkly rhinestone eyes.

To match the eyes I stole 2 rhinestone connector beads from another necklace and using a needle and thread connected them to the two top corners of the necklace.

Using my pliers and 2 silver jump rings I attached a piece of plastic chain to finish the necklace.

Wanna win a copy of The Naughty Secretary Club? All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know what you think about fabric and jewelry joining forces. Tell me what you have made, tell me what you have seen, tell me your ideas. I love soft jewelry and want to know what about it tickles your fancy. Oh and be sure to check out yesterday’s post for more amazing examples of soft jewelry Trendy is as Trendy Does: Fabric Jewelry.

25 Responses to “I Love to Create: Fabric Necklace”

  1. Stephanie Hall

    To me clothing and jewelry have always gone together like peanut butter & jelly, so for them to merge into this fabulous art form is like a natural progression. One of my favorite vintage pieces I got from my grandmother is a vintage choker made out of cream colored satin, pearls and rhinestones. The use of fabric really opens up the possibilities in jewelry design and the mixed media effect

  2. Persimmons Gal

    Love this. One of my favorite things to make is string beads. I am a thrifter to the core so I find embroidery floss by the boatload. I wrap different colors of thread on a thin dowel pull them off and wire wrap them to keep the threads in check. I am even thinking about experimenting and dipping them in resin???
    There is nothing better than crazy mixed up jewelry with an eclectic look.

  3. wildwoodflwr

    I am very interested in the soft jewelery but I haven’t come across any yet! This is the first I’ve really seen of it and I love it! Definitely something I want to try.

  4. Paula

    Great idea! I’m originally a fabric artist, so I am always looking for ways to incorporate this passion into all my creative work, which includes jewelry. My latest triumph was rescuing the silk serger leavings from a gown construction and using them to crochet, knot, and manipulate into chains and necklaces. It makes a great base for embellishment!

  5. Heather

    Wow, I would not have thought of fabric for jewelry like this. Great idea, opens up so many possibilities. Love the difference in texture that fabric brings.

  6. WireMySoul

    EEEeeee!!! Another wild thing to try incorporating into my jewelery! I’m still fiddling with crochet and jewelery, so of course the next logical step is fabric. I can’t wait!

  7. Krissy

    i think any medium (or combination thereof) that allows for a peep to be added to a necklace is pretty much a win-win situation.

  8. Hippie Missy

    I saw in Cloth Paper Scissors a necklace where they made little pillow like beads and incorporated them into a charm necklace. I love the idea of a softer, lighter material used in jewelry. Your necklace is very funky…I LOVE IT!!!

  9. Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club

    Krissy – A girl named Jennifer Kellog used to make these amazing necklaces out of what appeared to be real Peeps. I don’t see them on her site anymore but it looked like she poured resin over them and then strung them up like a necklace. They were pretty awesome.

  10. Lisa

    Hi there! Love the creativity!! I seem to gravitate toward using ribbon and making fabric cuffs or using belting from the fabric store for cuffs and embellishing with anything and everything 🙂

    I have a very cool project that I haven’t posted anywhere yet. I took photos of a patchwork quilt that my Grandma made for me back in the 70’s. I loved and used it for many years, but now it is

  11. Lisa

    Hello again! I completely forgot to mention the individuals who have posted zipper jewelry on etsy. There are at least 6 designers that I have seen making fabulous pieces of jewelry out of recycled zippers! One of them from my twitter group is londicreations at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5787674

    Wonderful work!

  12. Melly Coco

    I using fabric in jewlery is great. I like jewlery that the beads itself are covered in fabric. I haven`t tried that yet, but I have made earrings out of buttons. I love colors and patterned fabric.

  13. Rete

    Fabric and jewelry is a great combo! I’ve experimented with making beads from fabric, as well as using small crocheted flowers as earrings.

  14. cooleydooley

    WOW – very cool. I love to work with fabrics – have made many many things but never jewelry…looks like I will have to give it a try 🙂

  15. Cindy Is Crafty

    I receently sent some fabric charms I made for a cloth paper scissors charm swap. I used a scrap of kimono fabric, some metallic yarns ribbon yarns which I fused together using mistyfuse. I then bonded that onto timtek for the stiffness. I then cut into 1″ by 1″ squares and then zig zagged the edges with verigated threads.

    If you care to see the finished product it is

  16. Heather

    I have to admit my first thought was "eww, fabric jewelry" because I was thinking of little tubes of fabric stuffed & puffy. But I really like this, I love the variety of textures in fabrics & this style opens up a whole world of ideas! Thanks.

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  18. Roy D. Slater

    That's so creative. I'm sure that this is even something that my kids could do for their mom for mother's day or her birthday. I love the idea of using fabric for a necklace. Nice work.


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