September 10, 2012

DIY Ruffled Ribbon Necklace

Happy Monday! I'm partnering up with the awesome ribbon company, Midori Ribbon, to show you what can be done with a little ribbon and a healthy dose of imagination. For me, fall means trading in my brights, pastels, and neons, for richer jewel tones. What better and easier way to integrate transition new colors into your wardrobe than through accessories? Mixing small, sparkly beads with a rich color ribbon will carry through fall and beyond (I can't bring myself to mention that season!).

Tools and Materials:
6 feet of 1" grosgrain ribbon (I chose clemantis for my color)
Small faceted crystal beads  (I used about 75)
Beading wire or elastic or strong sewing thread
Sewing or beading needle (that fits through bead)

Tie a knot 14 inches from the end of the ribbon.

Thread and knot a long piece of the beading elastic or thread onto the needle and sew through the ribbon knot. This keeps the knot of the beading string hidden and secure.

Add a bead to the needle, and pull the string through. Sew the needle back into the ribbon, the width of the bead. 

Sew back up through the ribbon, 1/2 inch away from the bead.

Repeat to add additional beads.

Create pleats by "scrunching" up the ribbon, sliding down the string.

Continue until you have about 15 inches of unbeaded ribbon on the other end. Knot the beading string flush against the underside of the ribbon and trim the string's end. Tie the ribbon in a knot around the bead string knot.

Trim the ribbon ends to match and secure from fraying with a light drop of glue or clear nail polish.


  1. Oh, how pretty! I could see using this technique with a bead-embroidered focal piece. :)

    1. I would love to see how you would interpret it, Ms. Sequins!

  2. Wow! So lovely, so amazing, so easy... :)

    1. sometimes the best things are easy, right? : )

  3. I love DIY projects that I can tackle with things I have in my house! I'm on it!
    ♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

  4. So pretty Erin! I love the color you chose - perfect for fall!

  5. Very creative, with so many possibilities Love the crystals, but Im trying this with my "orphan" beads to use them up...


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