I’ve seen so many variations of this necklace that I thought I would set out and try it myself. They turned out really good and I gave them to at least 10 friends as gifts this year!

I want to go ahead and apologize for the fact that I took all these pictures while sitting in the floor of my room over Christmas. So I apologize for the carpet backdrop.

First, you want to start with picking your fabrics. I really like to choose colorful fabrics that I think will look interesting after being twisted into the rosettes. I also like to use a coordinating solid to add some variety to the necklace. A little tip to add is look for large 18×18 inch quilting squares at your fabric store or Walmart for this project. At Walmart, they are only a $1 each and come in TONS of different patterns and colors. The solid fabric I got from Hobby Lobby in the”bargain bin” as I call it. They were super cheap to at under $2.

So, choose your fabrics, pick out some coordinating ribbon, some matching thread, and a needle. You might also want to go ahead and plug that glue gun in for later.

Start by cutting (or ripping) your fabric into long strips. These strips below are 18 inches long by about 3 inches wide but no need to be precise.

You also want to go ahead and thread your needle. Once you have your rosette made, you won’t exactly be able to put it down to thread your needle later. Learned that one the hard way!

Ok, so to start your rosette, you want to fold your strip long ways to make about a half inch wide tube of fabric.

Next, take one end and roll it around a few times to make the center of your rosette. I usually go for about 4 or 5 circles in the middle.

Then, you just want to start rolling and twisting the fabric around your center creating a swirl pattern. Continue to twist and swirl keeping the center tight. Don’t worry if you lose it a few times. Just keep twisting and wrapping it around until you get to the desired size you want.

Once you get to the size you want, take the extra flap of fabric and tuck it around to the back side of the rosette.

Front view:

Back view:

Now that you have it the size you want, take your needle and start by going straight through the center of the rosette. Go back through hiding your stitches in the folds and creases as much as possible. Go through the curves at angles attching them to each other and making them more and more secure with each stitch. Some people prefer to use the hot glue for this step but I find that the thread holds better with less chance of showing in the final products.

Follow these steps to complete as many rosettes as you want to include in your necklace. For this particular necklace, I used 4. Arrange them how you want them on the necklace.

And then flip them over so that you see the back flaps. Make sure to invert the arrangement you made so that when you flip it back over it will look like your original arrangement.

Take the ribbon you are using for your necklace and cut a few small pieces to attach the rosettes together. In this case, I used 3 to attach the top ones to the bottom ones and the bottom ones together. Use the hot glue to reinforce the rosettes.

Cut two long strips of ribbon and attach to the top 2 rosettes to make the necklace tie.

Next, you want to cut a piece of fabric wide enough for the rosettes to be glued to.

Take your hot glue gun and glue the fabric to the back of the rosettes so that it looks like this from the front when you are done.

Once the glue has cooled, take your scissors and cut off the extra fabric around the rosettes.  Glue down any loose edges of the fabric to add more support to the necklace.

 Tie a small knot at the top of the two ribbons. This will help it lay a little flatter once worn.

The final touch is to add a dab of glue in between the rosettes so that they are actually adhered to each other rather than just to the ribbon and the fabric. This will really make your necklace take form and keep it from being quite so flexible.

And there you have it!

Here are a few of the ones I made…

Hope yours turn out great! Happy DIYing!

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