Wednesday, December 30, 2009

DIY Wednesday: Make a bib necklace with vintage pins


This is the first of my projects putting to use my grandmother's vintage pin collection. (See the whole collection here.) I got inspired by Glamourai to make some big chunky thing out of them. I separated out the silver pins.



Then I went online and looked for images of bib necklaces. I liked the shape of this one and printed it out on 8 1/2 by 11 paper.



I laid my pins out on the photo to see if this shape and size would work. I held the printout up to a window and traced the outline slightly larger (since I wanted a larger necklace) and cut it out to make my pattern.


I cut out a piece of felt using the pattern. I then used leftover fabric from my shirt pillow project. I pinned the pattern to the fabric and cut out two bib shapes, adding half an inch for a seam allowance. I sewed the pieces togther, wrong sides facing out, leaving the top ends of the bib open (where the ribbon would go.) I glued the felt to one piece and then turned the bib right side out.

For a better explanation, see this tutorial at CraftStylish.

I cut two pieces of silver ribbon about 18 inches long.


I tucked the raw edges of the bib under and inserted the ribbon.

I pinned both ribbons in place and then stitched the two seams.


I used clip-on earrings to hide the stitching.



I then slowly and carefully pinned everything on, starting with the larger pins. I filled in the gaps with the smaller pins. I folded down the other end of the ribbons and stitched to prevent raveling.


Below is the finished product. Mr. Bromeliad thinks it's too big and too much. (Ironically, I thought necklace would be too small when I started out.) If someone tossed me into a pond, I'd drown from the weight of it.




What do you think? Make it smaller? Or do they call it a statement necklace for a reason? If so, what am I saying?


42 comments:

  1. I've never worn anything like it, but I think it looks chic. Well done!

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  2. Very unique! I love the shape you picked out~ it's beautiful!!

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  3. Your creativity knows no bounds. With these bib necklaces, the bigger the better so I think the size is perfect. Happy new year, Samantha. I look forward to seeing what you cook up next year.

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  4. I would never have thought of this - your grandmother would surely be very proud!

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  5. Wow - you did a fantastic job! I love the size of it and I think it looks great!

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  6. i think it's a great necklace and a really fantastic idea. i adore vintage brooches and this is a way i could wear more than one at a time!

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  7. I think it's stunning. Vintage costume jewelry is fabulous and especially when it comes with fond memories of your Grandmother. It may be cumbersome to wear but you could always put it in your closet on display. I've been thinking about making a neck display myself (similar to the professional ones) but I haven't quite figured it out. Any ideas? Your blog is right up my alley-just discovered it today.

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  8. Yes it's too big - I think each pin has enough personality to stand alone. With that said you have incredible talent and personality - Mr Bromeliad

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  9. just made a bunch of yo-yo's, but was trying to figure out a nice way to have them in bib formation. your blog entry fits the bill! thanks, Julia

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  10. I think it's a terrific idea and it looks awesome! What's so great about this is that you can remove the pins to use in other creative embelishments - like what I like to call "button brooches."

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  11. Hey, Mr. Bromeliad, stop spamming our blog. :)

    Kathy, are you talking about some kind of form (almost like a dress form but just the neck) for displaying necklaces? I would like to think of something like that, too. (So I have a place to admire my five-pound necklaces when it's not on my neck.) If I come up with something, I'll let you know.

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  12. Looks great - reminds me of the jewelry Ranjana Khan and her husband Naeem had on the runways. I adore it...have you seen their work before?

    Here's a link -http://graylingjewelry.blogspot.com/2009/09/naeem-khan.html

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  13. Thanks. I take that as a compliment. Now I just need one of their glammy little dresses.

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  14. I love it!!!! great job and such a cool use for inherited jewelry!

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  15. The size is so perfect but I am sure you figured that out already. You've done those pins proud and that's such a creative use of them.

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  16. Very nice and the fabric you chose for the base blends in well with the brooches. I don't know how well it would go west of the Hudson River but in New York it would be such a fashion statement! Good for you.
    Georgia Browne

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  17. It looks fabulous. Maybe a little heavy for California weather, but so many are wearing that style today. I love it. Even if I do live in California

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  18. Very unique! I love the shape you picked out~ it's beautiful!!

    wagyu beef

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  19. This is beautiful! I'm sure it would be spectacular when coupled with a simple dress, something summery with spaghetti straps or a sheath dress of some sort -- something that will leave you looking stunning and sleak and let your necklace do all the talking.

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  20. FABULOUS tutorial!! This is on my list of to-do's, for sure. Love your blog, lady!

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  21. I think you did a great job! I make necklaces like this too. If ur on facebook you can check mine out....I now sell them to friends & family. I think my favorite part is; would be the hunt of the vintage gems. I hope you enjoy creating new pieces because I look forward to seeing them.
    deedawnsdesigns (facebook)
    *dawn

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  22. I think it's a gorgeous necklace! Maybe a little too big for me to wear but it looks great on you!
    www.britsbitsofeverything.blogspot.com

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  23. this is GENIUS and i love it! i'd LOVE to feature this on my fashion sister blog to casacullen...please let me know if you'd be up for that...it's an incredibly chic and affordable alternative and my fashion readers have ALL BEEN TOLD to buy a bib for the last year! KUDOS to this great idea!!!

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  24. Hi Casa Cullen. Please feel free to feature away.

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  25. I just love vintage bling. This necklace really makes a statement and is so unique. Your tutorial is great too.

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  26. Stunning! I've also tried making a bib necklace and the bit that didn't work for me was that I tried to use on piece of fabric for the backing AND the tie. I need to cut that off and use ribbon instead. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. GREAT IDEA! My mom has tons of my grandmother's brooches, need to make one of these!

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  28. That looks so great, and what a good idea to get the shape of the necklace online, so you could have good dimensions. I really love it..

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  29. GENIUS,Looks great,I love it!!!!

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  30. GENIUS,beautiful,really fantastic idea
    Thanks for share

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  31. OOH! This necklace make me want to grab every single vintage pins section on jewelry supply online shop! Pretty!

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  32. Those are incredible one! I like the penguin - it makes such a cute necklace! Fantastic one - now I desperately want one of those necklaces! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  33. I love it. Im a petite women so im not sure how that would look on be because it might overwelm my neck lol but i love how chic and vintage it looks Great Job

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  34. Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

    Contact me here if you have a concern.

    Jane
    http://diylessons.org/

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  35. Personally I love it! I don't think it's too big...and your grandmother would be so proud!

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  36. Wow, this necklace is so gorgeous, I love it. You're so creative :)

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  37. We have featured your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/2011/04/featured-design-bib-necklaces.html
    Take a look. Do let your readers know that you have been featured ya! Thanks!

    Jane
    http://diylessons.org/
    http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

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  38. wow you did a good job! i think the size is just right :)

    New follower!

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  39. It's not too heavy is it? It looks really heavy.

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