vintage ruffle necklace with TUTORIAL

vintage fabric necklace

remember the gorgeous vintage fabric from my Grandma i posted about on thursday? well, this is the exquisite necklace i created with a small piece of it! umm, can i say, i lOvE it? oh yeah, because i am swooning over how it turned out!

ruffle necklace

i have seen these types of ruffle necklaces all over and loved them. so i thought this was a perfect way to use my grandma’s vintage threads.

vintage fabric

got to love the burnt orange! i really love the pretty design and the pink and cream accents.
i love how my grandma rolled up and tied her scraps into these cute little bundles. i think i’m going to have to do that with my scraps!

orange vintage fabric

this is the manufacturer’s stamp along the selvage. anyone know when this was made? any guesses? my guess is the 70’s…..



now for a quick tutorial on how i made this beauty!
chain necklace

take a simple chain {make one or buy one!} i used a 21″ chain.

cut a piece of fabric 4.5″ by 13″. about any type of fabric will do.

place the chain in the middle of the fabric and fold in half {fabric will measure approx. 2.25″ by 13″ now}

take a thread and needle and knot it. start sewing below the chain and put the knot between the fabric layers.

hand sewing

with long stitches, hand sew across the fabric below the chain catching both layers of fabric. make sure there is a little bit of room between the chain and the seam so that you can gather the fabric.

gather fabric

then pull the thread to gather the fabric to make a ruffle. make sure the ruffle is in the center of the chain. push the ruffle as needed so that it is centered. you can also adjust how tight you want the ruffle. when it looks the way you want, tie a knot and trim the thread.


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
    Mandy [Mandipidy]

    Super cute, Linda! :]

  2. 2

    That is really cute! Orange is my favorite color too!

  3. 3
    Kelli @ RTSM

    Very cute! I love how easy it is to make!

  4. 4

    oh my … i am seriously coveting that piece of fabric. if you feel someone tugging on your necklace – i've snuck up behind you ;)

  5. 5
    miss guido

    so fun and easy! it looks great.

  6. 6

    So great! I love it, thanks!

  7. 7
    rindercella @ neatheringourfest

    This is so cute and SO simple! I love it! :)

  8. 8
    Christine @

    this is adorable! I had never seen this before…..

  9. 9

    I love it :) this turned out so great, and what a fun pop of color to add to an outfit!

  10. 10

    This is so cute! I will definitely be making one very soon!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. 11
    Ms. Megan

    eeeep!!! I LOVE this!!!! I think I will try this one later on today!!! It is a rainy day and this seems like the perfect project!!! :)

  12. 12

    Hvala za tutorijal!
    Super originalna ideja…sviđa mi se :)))

  13. 13

    love this…and no sewing machine needed…my kinda project ;)

  14. 14

    You are so dang creative Linda! Totally love this!

  15. 16

    This has taken the spot for next project on my to-do list!

  16. 17
    Myra Hope

    This is gorgeous!!! I stumbled! :)

  17. 18

    Wow… You made this so simple and straightforward. I’m definitely going to try this…glad I found this site!

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  19. 19

    Hi! Does this necklace eventually fray a lot or do you use a no fray treatment? Thanks for your help!

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  22. 20

    may i ask, where did you purchase the chain for this? Thanks!

  23. 21
    Betty Mc Gaughey

    My Mother always rolled her scraps and tied them with a piece of fabric — exactly the same way!

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