How to Make a Shibori Bandana Necklace and Choker Using a Scarf!
Today, I would love to share with you how to make a trendy necklace using a scarf or a bandana that you may already own! I have been enjoying making my own clothes lately, from designing custom Shibori textiles to dyeing clothing with avocados.
One by-product of this fun is the extra fabric samples that tend to accumulate. I have seen many cool bandana necklaces out there lately, which inspired me to share how you can make one of your own, check out the details below.
For this project, you will need:
First, you fold the scarf in half to form a triangle, then you roll it up as you would a bandana. Read more to see the unique results!
Next I laid out the 24" chain along the lines of the scarf and centered it like a V. Then, I takced it down with a few stitches or pins, so that it would not wiggle around as I wrapped it.
Next, I continued to wrap it around following along the edges of the scarf line. Later, I cleaned up the stitching by spacing the whipstitch evenly. Also, I decided to change it to a gray thread to better match the chain instead of a white thread. One thing to know, if this seems to time consuming or advanced, you could skip the chain completely and just tack down the fabric in the rolled up position and go straight to the charms!
Next, I laid out the three round metal charms to get ideas on placement. You can use any charms that you like. I played around with the layout a bit before stitching them on. There are so many options with this! I attached the 2 smaller circles with small jump rings to the chain. I used the small jump rings that came with the chain. Then, I stitched the center circle piece on for a bohemian look.
Lastly, I used a magnetic clasp and metal end cones to secure the ends of the scarf. This way it can be worn as a longer necklace or tied in the back like a choker. I looped the scarf inside the end cone and used my pliers to pull out a tiny bit of fabric. Then, I stitched the fabric directly to the magnetic clasp.
This is how it looks all complete! I may later go back and switch out the white stitching for gray thread to match the chain.
Here it is tied it in the back as a choker.
If you like this look, but are short on time, check out the trendy Raiden Bandana Necklace and the Adira Bandana Necklace in light blue and white too! I love these as statement pieces paired with black and white or denim.
If you have a specific bandana or scarf in mind, contact me and we can design something! Later this week, I can't wait to share with you the top 5 Indigo Artists that I Love, along with making plans to style my son's new bedroom.
It is shaping up to be a fun and busy week! What projects are you taking on this week?
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