Make Your Own Collar Necklace

Make Your Own Collar Necklace
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

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:

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.
Place paper stencil on felt, trace and cut out using scissors.
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.
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.