Need a cute and quick idea for a gift? This DIY can help! Choker necklaces are great gifts, and they can be made with any trim. Plus, you can easily add your own touch to them to make them especially unique for yourself or your giftee!
On the Runway, chokers have made a comeback this season, too.
Designers like Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton sported high-energy styles with bright metals and shining leathers. Chokers are so versatile; they really do look good no matter what they’re made with.
In addition, choker necklaces are super easy and flexible to make. You can use trims with or without elastic so long as you use a closure for it, and so they can be made for any size wearer.
The types of trims we decided to use will be listed below. The amount of trim you need should be determined by measuring the circumference of where you want it to sit on your neck.
Make sure when you measure it that it fits comfortably; do not make it tight! When you breathe, your throat expands a little, and so it’s important to put a little breathing room into your necklace design. The trim should fit snuggly around your neck, but you need to be able to fit at least one finger underneath the trim easily, or two fingers underneath the trim snuggly.
Once you’ve measured, add an extra inch and cut the trim. You can add any extra things like lace or other embellishments like beading here.
Next, fold the edges underneath about half an inch so that the ends look smooth, and using a hand sewing needle, sew one half of a hook-and-eye closure onto each end. It’s important to check that the hook-and-eyes line up!
If you make a thicker necklace like this one, use two hook-and-eye closures to make sure the necklace stays on securely.
After that, you have the option of using some hot glue to help reinforce the hook-and-eyes and the ends. I used hot glue on the ends I folded over to keep them from rising up.
And that’s it; you’re all done!
Here’s a list of the items that we used:
Hand Sewing Needle
Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread
Black Double Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards)
1.5″ Black Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards)
0.5″ Navy Stretch Velvet with Sheer Gathered Trim (0.75 yards)
Wine Velvet and Lace Trimming (0.75 yards)
1.5″ Teal Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards)
1.5″ Black Venise Lace Trim (0.75 yards)
Gold Aluminum Metal Chain (0.75 yards)
20 mm Pearl Plastic Pendant
Dritz Size 1 Nickel Hook & Eyes
Have you ever thought about wearing choker necklaces before? What kinds of trims do you think would look nice in a style like this?