Style Snapshot: Make Your Own Collar Necklace Style Snapshot: Make Your Own Collar Necklace

by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

It's a collar, it's a necklace--it's a collar necklace! This all-in-one fashion, jewelry and accessory breakthrough is taking the season by storm and turning heads on runways, streets and celebrities. Heavily embellished Peter Pan collars are a simple and inexpensive way to update any wardrobe. Here's how to create this on-trend statement.

What you'll need:

STEP 1
Begin by making a Peter Pan collar stencil. This can be done by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing one side of the collar or tracing a printout of one side of an existing collar, cutting and unfolding for a full pattern.

Design note: A collar necklace can be designed to close/tie in the front or in the back, depending on style preference.
STEP 2
Place paper stencil on felt, trace and cut out using scissors.
STEP 3
Embellish the felt collar by adhering your choice of pearls, beads, sew-on stones, flat back crystals, rhinestones or cabochons with E-6000. The sky's the limit in terms of design. Commonly spotted styles include pearls, sequins and faceted stones.

Design tip: Apply adhesive to felt and use stranded pearls or beads to easily create patterned rows and fill in any missing spaces with extra beads as needed.
STEP 4
Use a hole punch to make holes on both ends of the felt and thread ribbon pieces through. Tie ribbon pieces together in a bow for a functional and fashionable closure. Ribbon can also be attached using E-6000 adhesive or stitching onto felt.
And ... voila! You have a stunning collar statement.

*** Information provided in this article is based on runway reports, industry tradeshows and trend reporting from the The Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), a leading online trend-analysis and research service.


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