We’ve been been loving the collar trend over the last year or so, but it’s time to spice things up… with ruffles! With just a scrap or two of fabric, chain, and a sewing machine, it’s easy to make a brand new statement necklace in just 20 minutes.

 – fabric

– 2 pieces of chain, clasp, 3 jump rings (per necklace)

tools: sewing machine, needle nose pliers, safety pin

optional bling: additional chain, a stud, a brooch, etc

We choose a trio of chic but cozy tones and patterns for winter style.

First, cut a piece of fabric 15 inches long by 4 inches wide.

Fold one long edge about 1/4 inch over itself. Then fold the other long side so that it meets the short side. Iron.

Now it’s time to sew! Sew along the seam so that you have two halves to your piece of fabric. One should be small enough to pull a drawstring through, and the other will be your ruffle.

Cut a thin piece of fabric that is slightly longer than your sewn piece. This will act as a drawstring that lets you create your ruffles. Place a safety pin on one end and string through your sewn piece of fabric. Push the fabric together to create ruffles.

Once you’ve pulled it all the way through, it’s back to the sewing machine. Sew each end and snip off the excess fabric (from your drawstring).

Dare we say, rufflicious?

Repeat with your other fabrics if you’re creating more than one necklace.

To add the chain, get your jump rings and clasp ready to go. Place a jump ring on each end of the ruffled piece of fabric. Attach each piece of chain, add a clasp, and you’re done.

If you want to mix it up, add an extra piece of chain that falls along the same line as the ruffle.

Or add a stud in the middle creating a sort of edgy feminine bow tie look.

What style DIY projects are on your to-do list this winter? Talk to us in the comments below. Happy making!