I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really too keen on chokers at first. They reminded me too much of the girls at school who used to have perms and wear lip liner. Not that there’s anything wrong with looking like that, 90’s fashion is totally ‘in’ right now and I’ve recently warmed it. I suppose it’s the first time I’ve experienced a fad ‘coming back round’ from when I was younger so I’ve just had to embrace it making me feel, dare I say…( a bit) old.
In my previous blog http://rhicreations.co.uk/off-the-shoulder-festive-top/ I am wearing a choker that I recently purchased. Although it was inexpensive it took me what felt like an age to choose it! There must have been at least 20 different styles in the shop. I ended up playing it safe and buying the most plain looking one they had to make sure it would match most outfits. Spending so long choosing one type of something that I didn’t even like not too long ago seemed ridiculous so I’ve decided to make my own. There are endless ways to make your own choker and a lot of them are really simple. This is how I make mine with an added bonus of a hidden clasp so you can attach different pendants or simply leave it plain. If you’re like me and can’t get rid of jewellery I’m guessing you’ll already have many pendants to choose from at home!
This tutorial is to show you how to make the material part of the choker and the invisible attachment. There are various ways you may fasten your choker. Press studs, Velcro, chain and clasp or simply tie the material in a knot. I chose to sew in some chain and a circular spring clip because that’s what I happened to already have in amongst all my craft bits. The material I used was cut off scraps and the pendants I already had! So this project cost absolutely nothing!
Here’s what you need if you want to choose your own material for a choker.
- Approx 23 x 4cm of chosen material.
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine or needle
- Large jewellery clasp
- Lots of lovely pendants to choose from 🙂
Measure and cut the material. I used a choker I purchased recently to mark off how much is mostly visible around the neck
Fold the material in half. Length ways and with the outside showing. Then sew all along the edge in between your marked points.
Roll the seam into the middle and flatten with an iron. The seam will be on the inside of the choker and no longer visible when wearing. Make sure you use some material in between the iron and the choker – especially if it’s faux leather like mine!!
Sew off the ends to secure the seam.
Hans sew the clasp in the middle of the inside of the choker and attach your pendant!