Sweater Flower and Pearl necklace TUTORIAL

Wow, what a response! I received so many emails and requests for how-to’s on this necklace, I was shocked. Here’s the tutorial. It is for personal use only, thanks!
  1. Sweater, smaller sizes work best
  2. Pearls strands
  3. Hot Glue Gun
  4. Needle and Thread
  5. Scissors
  6. Ribbon
  7. Fray check or a match/lighter
  8. Bead, jewel, rhinestone, button, etc for center of flower
To make the Pearl Strand Necklace:
Cut two 18″ strips of ribbon and fray check or burn the edges.
Fold over one end of each ribbon 1/4″ and crease. Fold over to the wrong or non-shiny side of the ribbon. The crease ensure that you get a straight line (and thus, a nice finish) when you adhere it in the next step.
With your hot glue gun, put a thin line of glue across the creased section and press. You could use fabric glue for this, but it takes longer to dry. I’m too impatient for that. :)
Next, cut the pearls into 3 strands; 5 1/2″, 7″, and 8 1/2″.
Hot glue the pearl strands to the folded side of each ribbon.To make a Sweater Flower:
Cut a 2 1/2″ section off the sleeve of your sweater.
Fold in half, right sides out.
Hand sew a basting stitch along the bottom. Be sure to catch both layers of sweater.
This is what it should look like.
Pull thread tight and tie a good knot.
Embellish the center. Then hot glue your sweater flower to your pearl strand necklace.
Such a pretty necklace! It can be dressed up or dressed down. I’ve worn it both ways and loved it.


Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Just Rhonda

    oh i love it!!! I wanna make one too!

  2. 2
    Lanie Ree

    I love this! thank you for posting a tutorial.

  3. 3

    I first saw this and thought, cute, bu too complicated for me. I am so going to make one now!

    I receive the "JOY" banner a couple of days ago. My sister is out of the hospital for the rest of the month, but I'm going to take it to her this weekend. I think the music notes along with the word joy can still cheer her up because she loves music. I'll take a picture for you!

  4. 4

    THANK YOU Linda!!!!

  5. 5

    Thanks for stopping by for a visit. That necklace is beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to make one.Happy New Year!

  6. 6

    that is beautiful I love it I have to make me one

  7. 7
    Farmgirl Chaos

    What a great necklace. I think I'll have to give this one a try.

    I made myself one out of ribbon and beads a few weeks ago, wore it for a couple of hours until I was playing with kids and it broke (it was barely pulled on and just popped).

    I would strongly encourage everyone to use nylon thread instead of just normal everyday thread like I used. Not fun having to remake a necklace.

  8. 8
    Danielle @ Transforming Home

    Oh, this is great! I totally want one..


  9. 9

    Such a cute necklace Linda. Thanks for the tut!


  10. 10

    You are seriously so creative. I LOVE it!

  11. 11

    This is just to lovely! I made some necklaces a couple of days ago…I just might have to try this out

  12. 12

    So fun! I can't wait to make the flowers!

  13. 13
    Kara@ Creations by Kara

    I've made similar flowers but never thought of attaching them to a necklace. Simply beautiful!!!

    Thanks so much for joining my very first link party. :)

  14. 14

    Do you still have any of these available? And if so how much?

    They are so cute!

  15. 15

    I like this project and thanks for the tutorial. Might have to make one for one of the girls that will be in a fashion show I am doing.

  16. 16
    Cindy Conner

    I love this and I am so making me one! I have 3 daughters and got a feeling they are all three going to want one too! TFS!

  17. 17

    This is lovely and sooo simple.I do crafting with seniors (dementia)and am always happy to find new craft idea for them. Of course, my ladies LOVE jewelry !! I will modify and just use one piece of ribbon long enough to go over their
    heads. I have pearl beads in various pastel colors….ah,they will be ready for spring .

  18. 19
    Cathy D

    Thank you for this tutorial! I love it!

    Just a quick question though – in the photo, the necklace doesn't seem big enough to have been pulled over the head… Did you use a clasp on one side? Tie the ribbon in back? Maybe it's in the tutorial & I just overlooked this part…

  19. 20
    Cathy D

    Oops! I see now – it ties in back!! :)

  20. 21
    Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust

    This was a fun tutorial. I also make sweater flowers–only my method is different. I loved seeing another idea!

    Warmly, Michelle

  21. 22
    Kiss me cafe

    wow! la voglio fare anche io!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    grazie per la splendida idea!

  22. 23

    So cute! I might have to give it a try!

  23. 25
    singapore florist

    wow you're very creative, i mean it. from this post i can make my own gift for my friends. thanks for sharing.

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    Brenda Kirkus

    I love this and thank you for sharing with us. You are so very crafty and do beautiful work!

  26. 27

    Very cute way to recycle an old sweater, love the idea. I sell handmade jewelry in my Etsy shop. It would be simple enough to string the pearls onto 3 lb fireline or tigertail thread, then stitch them to the ribbon. If you get fresh water pearls, you will ruin them by hot gluing them. I understand you’re going for quick and easy but wouldn’t it be better to make a necklace that would hold up? If anyone wants jewelry making advice, I can be reached through my shop (www.moonstonemp.etsy.com).

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    Donna Blalock

    This is a very classy necklace. Will definitely make on (or two). Thanks for sharing so many cute diys.