Vintage Puppy Dog Necklace
Designed by Holly Stinnett
Utilize a lace appliqué as the base and background for the fabric necklace.
Take a piece of fabric and cut a little larger than the appliqué. Machine stitch around the edges.
Cut the fabric just slightly behind the edge of the appliqué. I like the frayed look so I was not concerned with bits of fabric or strings peeking out.
Pin the brooch in a desired spot. Stitch in a couple places to hold securely (if needed). In this case, the brooch was a little top heavy so stitching around the puppy’s ears and tail helped to keep him secure.
Randomly bead more beads in various areas. You can do as little or much beading as you like. For this tutorial, I just added a little beading here and there for some sparkle.
Select a chain necklace and cut to desired size (this chain was from a vintage broken necklace). Use the beading needle and thread through the last link to secure the chain into place. Stitch the link several times to make it very secure.
Randomly sew beads onto the appliqué.
Select ribbon. Machine sew the ribbon directly onto the appliqué. Hand sew vintage buttons for more embellishing directly on the appliqué and ribbon. You can add another piece of ribbon with more buttons at this point if you like. The overall length of the ribbon is about 20 inches. This will be tied around your neck.
Then gently cut around the edges of the appliqué one more time. Again, a little fabric peeking out is fine and adds to the sweet, homemade look.
Your necklace is complete. Simply tie it around your neck!
Thanks Holly, for this great tutorial! Friends, we'd love to see your versions of this adorable necklace. I'll be starting a Flickr group for GG tutorials so add your pictures! --Claire