Backstory// I made the grievous error of putting my American Apparel oversized fringe dress in the dryer. FRINGE BALL. I decided to cut my losses (so to speak) and cannibalize the parts like I always do before I throw out or donate clothes (sorry goodwill!). Fringe is not cheap mistress, last time I checked it was $14+/m. If you find some fringe just hanging out on some old clothing seam rip and profit for what I’m about to show you.
- seam ripper (if you are stealing fringe)
- little neat chains from old jewelry or wherever *not bicycle chains
- leather or pre-cut leather string
- thread *button thread is better but regular is fine*
If you have regular leather, you’re gonna have to cut it into strips. (I hope you have good scissors haha!) My leather came in a little plastic bag cut up by the store, you can find this timesaver at pretty much every craft store or fabric/notions store.
- Wrap leather around neck rather loosely, you want it to go over the head easily since I’m not installing a clasp.
- Tie the ends in a tight knot and snip excess.
- Cut your fringe down to size. I am using 8 inches of raw fringe but use your own judgement, it’s your necklace!
- Take your thread and knot it to the leather so the end is secure.
- Wrap it around the fringe; it is tedious. Do it tightly. I did about every 3rd or 4th fringe.
- Tie the end thread to the leather as the other side
- You have the basic fringe necklace!
It’s time to let your jewelry imagination roam free. You are no longer a slave to the accessory MAN. I am adding chain just by tying button thread directly to the leather like we did with the fringe.. (the neon pink thread I loosely hand stitched through the links any way that stays fastened is probably fine). You can also trim the ends of the fringe to a nice point like I did. If you notice anything fraying that you don’t want fraying just add some CLEAR nail polish to the ends, that will stop it forever. Other ideas: embroidery thread, beads, feathers, bones.. etc. Okay, that’s all I can help you with now good luck!
I did my work, now it’s time for play! Photoshoooooooot!
necklace: diy shirt: alexander wang pants: american apparel shoes: anne michelle