Wireless Wonders: DIY Fabric Jewelry to Jump-Start Your Holiday Gifting

Got a free afternoon and a few yards of cord, ribbon or fabric-store trim? You've got all you need to make a statement necklace that's perfect for holiday gifting -- if you can bring yourself to give it up.

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How to Make Trim Necklaces

These necklaces look like they're metal, but they're actually made of ribbon, braid, rickrack, and cord.

1. Multistrand Metallic
Cut two (or more) ribbons to the desired length. For each piece of ribbon or trim, use hot glue to join the ends. Gather the strands together, aligning the glued joints. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)

2. Chunky Cord
Cut the cord to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends (do not overlap). Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)

3. Rickrack
Cut two equal lengths of rickrack. Hot-glue the strands together at one end. Intertwine the strands so they appear striped (then iron to flatten). Hot-glue the ends together to finish.

4. Braided Trim
Cut braid to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)

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Bib Necklace How-To

Iron-on applique, originally used for embellishing clothing, takes on new life when strung from metallic cord or ribbon to create a beautiful handmade necklace.

Materials
Embroidered iron-on trim
Detail scissors
Fabric
Cord or ribbon
Iron

1. Choose your embroidered iron-on trim, which typically comes on a roll and is purchased by the yard. Use a pair of detail scissors to carefully cut into the trim.

2. On a flat surface, piece together your desired design. For the most durable necklaces, make sure the applique pieces overlap one another.

3. On another flat surface, lay out a piece of fabric, cut slightly larger than the design. (The fabric layer will back your applique and ensure that your necklace is sturdy.) Cut a piece of cord or ribbon to the desired necklace length. Drape it on the fabric. Transfer the design onto the fabric, sandwiching the cord.

4. Iron all layers to seal. Let cool. Use detail scissors to cut away any excess fabric.

5. Trim the ribbon to the desired length, and knot the loose ends to finish.

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