Jun 16 2011

How To Make A Bib Necklace From Trash To Treasure

How To Make A Bib Necklace
Creating things gives me joy. Painting, crafting, photography, gardening, and well…….you know, I love to cook ! These are all wonderful forms of art , expression and creativity But, sometimes finding inspiration can be a little tough.

I was at the hair salon recently and looked through a bridal magazine. I’ll look through any magazine if you leave it laying on the table. I even looked through the NASCAR magazine at the doctors office recently. But, I digress…  I saw a beautiful necklace very similar to this one

( photo credit Paul Morse.)

I loved the vintage look of it.  It got me thinking about about all of the pretty broken  vintage jewelry I had laying around . I was inspired! I gathered it all together and then asked my mother to send me hers too.  Here is just a sample of what she sent.

Pearls and rhinestones aren’t they lovely?

My favorite color, purple!


Look at these greens, aren’t they gorgeous.

 So why not take some beautiful trash and turn it into treasure. :-)


What you Need
Assorted glass gems, beads etc.
2 Felt square 8 x 10
Pencil or disappearing-ink marker
Fabric glue
Ribbon in desired color
Invisible thread (optional)
Parchment Paper
Dictionary, Heavy Book or a brick wrapped in cloth
Camera or camera phone

Lets Make It! Lay the felt square on a flat surface and place the jewels and gems where you would like them on the felt.

Take a photograph using a camera or camera phone.

Using a disappearing ink pen draw around the gems.

Remove the gems and cut the felt where you marked it for the backing.Then cut another piece to match using the first piece as your template

Using your photo as a reference, arrange gems on the fabric starting at the center and working outward. Carefully coat the back of each gem with glue and adhere each one to the fabric.

Place parchment paper on top of the gems then place the dictionary on top of the parchment paper as a weight and let dry (make sure no glue is leaking out of  the sides ,(you do not want to glue the parchment paper to the necklace)

Cut ribbon into two equal-length pieces, these pieces will determine the length of your necklace.

Glue ribbon to each end of fabric for ties. Let dry. If desired, turn necklace over and use invisible filament thread to anchor the gems and the ribbon.

Coat second the second piece of felt with thin layer of glue and cover back of necklace, hiding the thread and the ribbon ends. Using sharp scissors ( or a craft knife) carefully cut away extra fabric if needed.

There you have it, a bib for grown ups .


 What inspired you to create something recently?


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  1. Jennifer

    Great pictures! Vintage jewelry en masse is a pretty and fresh look! I like your color groupings.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Jennifer. Hugs

  2. Mitzi

    How did I miss you have a shop? OMG! Well, I definitely will have to go check that out. I love vintage! We actually hopped all over town for our wedding to look for vintage accessories.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Your so cute! hugs

  3. Connie Arnold

    How beautiful! And how wonderful that you have such a creative talent to make such beautiful things as you do!

    1. Katherines Corner

      thank you Connie, so nice to see your comment. Hugs

  4. thisisme

    The vintage jewellery all looks divine, and is very popular again right now. I agree with Connie that you are very talented to be able to create the things that you do. I am very envious!

    1. Katherines Corner

      You are so sweet Hugs

  5. Abbie

    I love creative people. They can look at things and see all sorts of possibilites.

    1. Katherines Corner

      I am always on the look out for something wonderful to create. Now if I only I could find more hours in the day. :-)

  6. Debbie Dillon

    Ooohh, look at all the pretties :) Love it!
    Be blessed today,

    1. Katherines Corner

      you too :-)

  7. Nina

    Love this post! Will feature it and promote it . . . . and be inspired by it, too! Love you, n

    1. Katherines Corner

      love you too

  8. Poetesswug

    I’m all about not letting your ‘loved’ things not go to waste. In fact, my etsy shop got it’s name because of it. “Wuglyees-Where nothing is wasted. Not even the ugly!” :-) {Wuglyees means ‘warm-ugly-but easy to love’} :-)) Just like you and your mom’s jewelry pieces, huh?! But mine is with yarn!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I love my wuglyee :-)

  9. Lynn Mosher

    Oh, Katie-kins! I love that necklace. It’s beau-ti-ful! Stretches my imagination! Thanks!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you sweet Lynn :-)

  10. Ms. A

    That is beautiful! My son is about to involve me in a craft project for his girlfriend. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed, all goes well! I’m so out of practice.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Please let me know when you write your post about it. Hugs

  11. Michelle

    Very pretty things! I found a pretty little bracelet at a garage sale last week for a quarter that I need to find some little pearls and rhinestones to add to. ;)

    1. Katherines Corner

      How wonderful Michelle. I hope you’ll share with us. :-)

  12. Camille

    Love the idea of the vintage! Lots of pretty jewelry here.
    I was inspired to try a new recipe I saw on a blog recently. The lemon cake was so beautiful, I sent for recipe and tried it out. Turned out beautiful and everyone loves the taste! Love cooking and baking, trying new recipes for my family and neighbors.
    Also, I found a new look for my kitchen while I was going through blogs I follow. I can’t wait to get home from vacation and start redecorating!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Camille I love discovering inspiration among all of the lovely blogs I visit. I look forward to reading your redecorating posts. Hugs!

  13. Handy Man, Crafty Woman

    You’re so creative! Love your header, its so pretty.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you. I love creating headers and graphics for blogs. http://madeitforyou.com is my website ( it is one of the things I do for a living) Hugs

  14. caroline @ c.w.frosting

    Very pretty statement pieces! I love the glam & color combinations! Visiting & following from Thrifty Thursday’s blog hop.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Welcome Caroline and thank you!

  15. kathy

    Hi Katherine,

    You certainly are a creative person. I love the necklace and am very partial to vintage. I found you via follow Friday over 40 blog hop and am happy I did. Your blog is awesome. My youngest son is photographer and studied in the UK last summer.

    Following your blog. Will see you again I’m sure!

    Have a great weekend

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hi Kathy so nice to see you here. Hugs

  16. Liz

    This is a beautiful idea! I love what you made. Thank you so much for stopping by and following. I’m following you back. :)


    1. Katherines Corner

      Welcome Liz!

  17. Mama Spaghetti

    Those are beautiful!

    Following you from the Social Parade. Hope you’ll check out my blog at http://www.spaghettiwesterner.blogspot.com

    1. Katherines Corner

      I’m following you too. So happy you hopped over. :-)

  18. laxsupermom

    Love these! I love all things vintage, and love how you’ve made them fresh and now. So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Katherines Corner

      What a lovely compliment. Thank you hugs!

  19. Tawna

    Sending you an invite to come and link up to my weekend hop open Thursday night through Sunday at 11:59pm on my blog http://tawnasplan.com I hope you have a great weekend!

    If you do link up please leave me a comment and I will com back again and say thanks and double check that I am following you (google likes to shoot out my blogs daily, argh! Sometimes it takes 2-3 times to show me as following!) Not loving google right now!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hello Tawna, thank you I’m linked up. Hugs!

  20. mary

    I love all of the vintage baubles! How cute are you?! xox!

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  21. Kathleen Ellis

    Hi Katherine~
    I love the idea of using up pieces of vintage jewelry….the necklace is lovely! I have seen this concept done on picture frames and mirrors, too…they look beautiful! Let your imagination run away with it!
    Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you enjoy your “camping” adventures!
    Have a most FABulous Friday!
    ;-D Kathleen

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hello Kathleen, thank you so much for visiting. I look forward to more visits to your lovely blog. Hugs

  22. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    Vintage inspired fashions are all the rage right now, and I love it. The vintage jewelry is so pretty, and I know you will do some fabulous stuff with it.

    Collage artists have been inspiring me lately, so we’ll see what I can create once I buy some materials.

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  23. Dee

    I adore vintage. Love all the jewelry.


    1. Katherines Corner

      Me too. :-)

  24. Miss Kathy

    Oh, Katherine! I LOVE the vintage jewelry thing! Was at a hop last evening and almost spent money on a remix necklace that I am totally capable of making myself with the scads of stuff I have all over my place here – just not organized! There’s a goal for this year! My writing and teaching eats up so much crafting time. Love your ideas – thanks for the inspirations. We’ll be following together! Blessings!
    Miss Kathy

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Kathy happy to inspire you. Hugs!

  25. Pat

    Your necklaces are lovely. Happy PS.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Pat

  26. JudyBug

    Love vintage jewelry. I am a sucker for brooches…and sparkle.

    1. Katherines Corner

      bling from all era is wonderful :-)

  27. Marilyn

    Oh my, I just love vintage bling!!
    Come on over to my blog as I am having a Southern Belle Giveaway!!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Marilyn I’d love to visit but can’t find your blog link. I hope you read this. Hugs

  28. Christina Lucas

    Somehow, I didn’t know about that etsy shop of yours! It’s so beautiful! Added your shop to my fav’s.

    1. Katherines Corner

      You’re a doll, thank you!

  29. Laura Lee

    I love your necklace. You are very creative. I’m so glad you stopped by me, because now I’ve found you. I am your newest follower.

    Have a great week


    1. Katherines Corner

      Laura I’m happy I found you too :-)

  30. Lovely Light

    Hi there- found you through the Saturday Stalk hop and am a new follower. I love old jewelry, but have never thought of making them into something else. Good thinking. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Katherines Corner

      I enjoyed my visit to your blog too. Hugs

  31. LaVoice

    I can assure you will have not any trouble selling these precious gems. You do not see many like this anymore.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Oh I do hope you’re right. Hugs

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