Vintage Necklace

What you need:Vintage_necklace

  • Vintage lace
  • Old shirt or scrap piece of fabric
  • 3 small beads (we took ours from an old necklace)
  • Vintage flower pin
  • String of pearls
  • 3 silver chains
  • Jewelry thread
  • Thread (cream and clear)
  • Needle
  • Fabric scissors
  • Clasps (optional)
Note: I made this with the various odds and ends that I had lying around my house. Feel free to substitute the pins for more florets or use a big bead for the center of the floret. You can also add chains or different braided fabric layers. We suggest securing them at the same place on the base layer.

What to do:

Begin by choosing your fabric or old shirt.  Cut three thin strips about ¼” w x 2 ½” l.  My shirt wasn’t long enough, so I cut multiple strips and then sewed the ends together in order to make them long enough.  Gather the strips, tie a knot at one end, and braid.  Tie a knot at the other end to hold braid and set aside.  Next cut 2x2” square out of your piece of lace.  At the center of your cut lace, gather a small amount of the lace by pinching with your thumb and forefinger.  Continue pinching the fabric and using your other hand, twist the fabric around about five times or until your lace begins to ruffle at the top forming a floret.  Secure the floret by sewing around back making sure to secure the pinched part of the fabric.  Now, it’s time to sew the beads together.  Cut about 6” of the clear thread and with a needle string two of the beads onto the thread.  Rethread through the first bead so that the string is now in between the two beads and thread the third bead.  Secure the beads by threading through the second bead by going from the center to the outside of the bead.  Tie a knot at both ends.  Sew the beads onto the center of the floret with the clear thread.


Next take the braided fabric and lay it out on a flat surface in the shape of a necklace.  Sew the beaded floret onto the braided fabric towards bottom half of one side of the necklace.  Secure the flower by sewing with the cream thread.  Attach the vintage flower pin on the other side of the necklace.  Sew each end of the string of pearls on either side of the braid using the flower pin as a marker. Next sew chains into braid at the top of the necklace so that each layer falls at a slightly different length.  If you purchased clasps, sew them on at either end of the braid.

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