Classy Casual DIY necklace

Lately I’ve been getting more into crafting. With all the drama in my life it’s something that helps me forget and get excited at the same time. So here’s a fun accessory craft for all the ladies out there.

 

It all started with my sister’s necklace.

Gorgeous isn’t it? My sister has impeccable taste in jewelry. Unfortunately, I’m too cheap to cough up five bucks for a fancy string I’ll wear around my neck. However, I am crazy enough to try and recreate a fancy string with my own twist!

What you’ll need: old jeans, crochet hook, yarn, sewing needle, thread, scissors, beads

Cost: Practically nothing – use stuff you already have around the house

Hardness: Super easy! ‘Cause that’s pretty much all I do :)

First I tackled the flower. Inspired by all the felt flowers that seem so popular right now, I almost cut up a piece of felt when I realized that I had a pair of jeans with a big hole in the bum. Perfect for my project!

  1. Cut a strip of material – mine is about 6 inches long and 1 inch tall
  2.  cut lines about 1/2 inch apart along the strip.
  3. Grab your needle and thread, fold the jean strip like an accordion and sew through the layers.
  4. Tighten your thread. It should look like this.
  5. Sew through the beginning of the strip and cinch it up. It should look like this.
  6. Cut a smaller strip of material (Mine is about 4 inches long and 1/2 an inch tall)
  7. Repeat steps 2-5
  8. Sew the smaller circle to the middle of the larger one.
  9. Sew some shiny beads on (I cut up an old bracelet I haven’t worn in years for mine) I also sewed the beads on about a gajilion times knowing that they would be the first thing the baby would reach for. 
  10. Next it’s time to get out your crochet hook and yarn. You’ll need two colors of yarn (I used black and grey) and about a size G hook. Make four chains. 1 black 80 chain strand, 1 grey 80 chain strand, 1 black 40 chain strand, 1 grey 40 chain strand. 
  11. Holding the long chains together fold them in half and sew the loose ends to your flower, do the same with your short chains.
  12. Slip a strip of jeans through the loops in back and tie in a bow. Voila! You’ve got a classy casual accessory for super cheap.

    Do you know how hard it is to focus while taking a pic of yourself in the mirror?

Please link back and let me know if you try this. I would love to see all your crafty versions of it! Experiment with colors, yarn thickness, flower types. The possibilities are endless!

Ah... that's sharp!