How To Make Your Own Chokers

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Chokers are Back!

I remember wearing Chokers when I was seventeen years old. I would not go out the door without putting one of them on. Back then the trend was towards anything punk or colorful. The normal teenage clothes were not for me. I must admit that I never went really over the top, not like some who wore plastic dresses and torn stockings.

I just did the whole black eyeliner thing, and made sure that my neck choker was the most Gothic or Witchy that I could make it. I don't recall actually buying a choker anywhere. I just remember sitting in my bedroom, cloth splayed out all around me, and sewing needles stuck into my pillow! I know, not a good idea.

But the memory of those days came back to me and I suddenly thought, why not make a choker again? My favorite was a black lace choker with a huge diamond stone in the centre. And then again, I had a lovely red silk one with a black stone sewn into it.

The great thing about neck chokers, is that you can wear them at any age, or with just about any style of clothes. high neck necklaces are back in fashion again, and with the Summer nearly here, what better way to add some color and sparkle to your day wear.

The good thing about it is that you don't need to be a good seamstress. I have never been very good at sewing, I blame it on the being left handed thing! So if I can do it, then you can too.


Simple Lace Choker with Flower enchantedemeraldforestbridal.com
Simple Lace Choker with Flower enchantedemeraldforestbridal.com
Ribbon is the best material to use for making a choker. Check out simplyribbons
Ribbon is the best material to use for making a choker. Check out simplyribbons | Source

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What You Need

It really all depends on the type and style that you want to make. My favorite is silk or a silk like material. But you can use lace or anything else like.

The advantage of making a choker is that when you go to the shop to buy the material, it doesn't cost much to buy at least ten feet, or 3 metres of material. You only need a thin strip of the material, not a huge piece. I always made sure that it was approx 3ins wide because you have to remember that you will be sewing the sides to make it neat.

Things You Will Need:

Ribbon The advantage with ribbon is that you can make loads of chokers from a single roll! Just think the amount of chokers you can make out of the rolls in the photo!

3 metres/ 10 feet of material, cut approx 3 ins wide. Or if you want a thickset choker then whatever you feel is appropriate. Why that much, you may ask? For two reasons, first of all because when you have made one choker you will want to make another and then some more! And of course, the practical reason. If you make a mess of it, you have plenty more to make your choker with. There's nothing worse than being in the middle of making something and running out of material. Saying that, you can of course buy any amount that you want.

Scissors

A tape Measure

Material Glue This is if you prefer to glue your choker instead of sewing. Yes I can see the advantages!

Thin cardboard optional

Broken necklaces broaches or bracelets.

Sewing kit

Hooks and Eyes or Buttons

Tie and the back Choker Check out Last Call Leather online
Tie and the back Choker Check out Last Call Leather online | Source

Simple To Make

The first thing to do is to pick up the material and place it around your neck to check the length that you want. Don't forget to add at least two inches on either side for your hooks or buttons.

When you have the right length, lay the material back down and cut it to size. This is where the cardboard comes in. If you want to make a choker that sits straighter on the neck and is solid, cut out the cardboard into the same shape and length of the material. Obviously if the material is three inches wide then just make the cardboard an inch wide. Lay the cardboard onto the cloth and then iron the cloth over the cardboard. It will make it easier to sew or glue.

If you just want a plain choker, cut to size, then sew the sides together and turn the material inside out to cover the seams. Or if you prefer to glue it just do the same thing. Then when its done give it an ironing and leave for a few minutes to cool down. You can also just sew the edges of the material to make them neat. Then Iron to finish off.

To make a simple choker

If you are in a hurry and really need something to set off your costume, why not make an easy one out of plain ribbon? Its simple, just measure the ribbon around the back of your neck, quickly sew a couple of poppits or hooks to it, and voila' one perfectly good choker! If you have a bit more time, you can either stick on a light weight gemstone, or even add stick on stars or glitter! Looks great and is easy to do.


The great thing about making your own necklace choker is you can decide what looks and feels best. And the clasp or clip can make all the difference. I personally prefer a tie up back but of course you can use hooks and eyes, or maybe bright buttons.

We all have loads of broken jewelry around and this is where it comes into its own. Get an old broach and prize out the stone, or maybe a ring that no longer fits your finger. The great thing about using a ring is that you can cut a hole through the material of the choker and push the ring through the hole, fastening it at the back with a finger size piece of plastic or wood.

The other good idea for using the broken jewelry is that you can break up old necklaces and use the links, chains or even pearls if you have them. Just imagine a lovely black velvet choker with a pearl in the centre. Gorgeous!

If you are going to make a choker with lace, always make a backing to the lace. Either with silk or just cotton. The reason being that if you just use lace it will split really easily, or even rub your skin. And of course it will be really thin so it won't be able to hold the jewelry. You can either glue the backing onto the lace or sew it on. If you choose to sew it, make sure you sew it through the middle length of the lace.That way, when its finished you can pull the lace forward and make it look lovely and ruffled.

So there you are. Use your imagination and make a really nice choker. They are easy to do, and once you get started you'll find that you want to make more and more! Its an easy way to accessorize your look. And the advantage is you can make as many as you like, all in great colors ready to mix and match with your Summer wardrobe. .

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

This looks like a lot of fun and I think my daughter would love to read about it, so I'm sending her the URL for this hub. Great hub! Voting it UP and useful.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Oh I think I would love these, I only had one before, so long ago and you know these would cover age in necks which is a dead giveaway to age. Even these people who get facelift forget they have a neck it seems, lol. Great idea! Voted up. Just watched the Queen with Camilla and Kate eating chocolates. Don't seem they make the news so much anymore over here.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Awesome Nell, while I shudder & shake. I have to confess more than likely I won't make one. However, I have a secret fetish for them (blush). The possibilities are endless in my mind. Recommending highly to a certain friend with a hint or two.

[hmmmmmm, she knows my little intricacies, we both are into crystals & their different powers, (more signals), colors are a strong influence for sure, and how about a pair of dangling earrings to enhance the ambiance? :) ]


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I had totally forgotten about chokers and now your hub make me want to check the cupboards for lace and ribbons! All sorts of ideas flow through my mind: maybe my daughter will like this, maybe I can have one (or more) myself! This is such a great idea and the hub is awesome, Thanks! I will push all appropriate buttons!

Tina


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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

Fantastic hub! I wore chokers all the time, too. Remember the black velvet chokers with the cameo? My favorite! I actually have one now... but I'm inspired to make my own new ones now.

Love it Nell!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Au fait, thanks for liking it, I hope your daughter has a lot of fun making them, I love them! I used to have loads, I never went out without one, in fact if I did forget, my friends would think there was something wrong! haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Polly, haha! I totally agree about the neck, I think I will have a really thick choker, that will do it! as for the royals, just three months before the queens jubilee then you will see them, not sure about camilla though! evidently charles is getting peeved with her for going out without him or something! whoo! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, shea, yes I love the black velvet ones I had loads! lol! glad you liked it, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, tsmog, that's okay, I won't tell anybody! haha, thanks!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This is so creative. It's great and I think the basic principle could easily be applied to making belts and all kinds of stuff, even curtain tiebacks. I love the one with the red ribbon tie in the back making it adjustable. This would be a great project for young teens and preteens. It's affordable, not too big a project, and just awesome!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, poet, yes it brought back memories for me, I lived in them! lol! but yes these days kids would love them, and of course its so cheap to make, thanks as always, nell


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I really like the chokers as your examples are beautiful. They look so feminine. This is a beautiful hub and it is nice to know how easy it is to make chokers.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pamela, thanks for reading it, I love chokers, I haven't worn them for years but now I am starting to make some again, I had forgotten how lovely they are, thanks, nell


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Nell, very informative Hub. I love chokers and they are one adornment craft I've made often. I'll let you in on a secret -if you know someone who works at a funeral parlor or coffin factory ask them if they have any left-over casket decorations, some that is vintage and/or no longer used in contemporary caskets. I'm serious; the silk, satin and lace that is put into these is beautiful and made to last..forgive the pun!

Voting up.


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

That first picture is so pretty! Cool hub. Voting up!


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

These chokers are really wonderful. I too like the first picture and you've very well demonstrated the making of chokers. I got some more ideas in making decorative ornaments from this hub. Thanks for sharing.

Up and awesome.


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CreateSquidoo 4 years ago

The chokers look very nice to me.


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Love it Nell, will do this for my next date! Love yaz, lily


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, beth, haha! never thought of that! mind you there must be a joke in there somewhere! thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I don't wear it because it looks funny on my short neck. But I will love the process of creating it. Thank you, Nell! ^_^


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Nell, this time I was dead serious. Ah, man, there I go again..

But yeah, my husband worked for awhile at a coffin factory and they had all kinds of material they no longer wanted :)


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Lovely, detailed Hub. Unfortunately, I have the same issue as Freya... short neck syndrome!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I love chokers and used to make my own. I remember making one from beads I got from a bracelet that I hated! This is a great reminder. I used to wear them all the time.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Oh yes! I too remember the old days when I wore lots of chokers - one at a time, of course. I used to wear my hair in a Gibson Girl style so it was really appropriate. (Mind you this was way before Goth!). Anyway, love this Hub even though I think my choker days are gone.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Ohhh awesome ideas, Nell! I didn't know that chokers were back in style but I'm happy because I love chokers. Too cute. They remind me of Victorian times...Voted up and beautiful!


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reikieffect 4 years ago

Beautiful hub Nell, useful, creative and nice pics.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Thank you for the choker tutorial, Nell. It's great! There's lots of possibilities and ways to get creative with this one. Voted up and awesome :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, LABrashear, thanks for reading it, and the vote! much appreciated, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, radhikasree, I love the first photo too, its so pretty, I will have to practise some more to get as good as that though! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Create, they are lovely aren't they?


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, lily, you got a date? okay, now I want to know details! lol! thanks as always, hugs nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Freya, Aw! I am sure your neck is fine, maybe just try a plain one to start, it will look really nice, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, beth, lol! sorry, I am laughing in a 'dead pan' sort of way! great idea though, especially if you make a gothic one, imagine the look on peoples faces when you told them where you got the material!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, theclevercat, maybe make them into a bracelet? now that's a thought! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Cardisa, that's a good idea, bracelets are great for getting the beads off, now I have to go find one that I have hidden somewhere, true! they are all over the house in the drawers, cupboards etc! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Green Lotus, I must admit that it is a while ago that I wore one, but I think they are okay to wear now we are older as long as the clothes we wear are appropriate, hopefully! lol! thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, kitty, yes they do me too! or edwardian, I love all the old style clothes, and these go with anything, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks reikieffect, glad you liked it, nell


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I always Loved Chokers even had one with a Cameo Pin on it...and a Lace one with a Paper Pink Rose. I so enjoyed your Hub on Chokers Nell...I think they are Romantic to wear of course the neck comes into view and sometimes maybe it shouldn't be so emphasized. But this was a Fun as well as Interesting and Helpful Hub to Enjoy!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Nell,

Chokers r my. Favorite since it accentuates the neck...love it

Loved ur hub...thanks


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

This sounds like a fabulous idea to try. I have never wore a choker, but loved the looks of them. Thanks for sharing this idea. I will be sure to pass it on.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Wow, some of these look quite intricate, though your instructions show how easily a simply one can be made. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, b. Malin, that sounds lovely, the paper pink rose, I used to wear the plainer ones just made from ribbon, but I wish I had taken time to make the prettier ones, at least I have got started this time! lol! the one I started the other day has had to be re done! Oh well practise makes perfect! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, tipo, thanks so much, I used to love wearing them, in fact I wouldn't go out without one, thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, alocsin, thanks so much for reading, and the vote, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Ruchira, glad you liked it, nell


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

I've always loved chokers they do indeed add to an outfit, a bit of femininty and sexiness. Thanks for the ideas on making your own. I have a pearl choker of my grandmothers that I would love to wear, but it is too small. Thank you for sharing, voted up, marked useful, interesting and book marked


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, pmccray, thanks so much for the vote, your pearl choker could maybe be adapted to a velvet background choker? that would look great! thanks as always, nell


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ziyena 4 years ago from Southern Colorado

Nell .... just to let you know I voted up and pinned this to my style board on pinterest ... luv it


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, ziyena, thanks so much! glad you liked it and thanks for the pin, that's the first time I said that! haha!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...this was so beautiful. I'll share this information with my sisters and my friends as well. Good job, Nell. Rated up and take care!

Prasetio


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, pras, thanks so much, hope your sisters like it, cheers nell


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Not really for me. I would need one to ride up and dopwn to cover my Adams apple.. Some of them do look rather lovely though, but only on the right sort of neck.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, christopher, haha! thanks as always, nell


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Oh, I do remember too, and my favorite make-up touch was the mascara! I did like chokers too, but somehow never got my hands on to any that satisfied me, one reason being I did not have too much pocket money to splurge. Nell, I wish I had these tips then, from a fun and frolic loving wonderful writer like you. Voted up and interesting.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

One for me to bookmark here;thanks for sharing Nell and i award you my up up and away.

I wish you a great day.

Take care;

Eddy,.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Eiddwen, glad you liked it, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, sen, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, thanks!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

I always so love making things. I remember my mother making these when I was a small girl. It is time these became fasionable again. I shall certainly try my hand at making some chokers - thank you.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, glad you liked them, I wore them all the time, I have made a lovely blue one so far, and I am now making a dark green! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Chokers were a neat fashion style, I am glad that they are coming back...I love this crafty hub. Great idea about using old jewelry bits and pieces.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Enlydia, thanks for reading, yes the old jewelry is great because I always have broken bits laying around, I love them! cheers nell


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Nice hub Nell. These are very sassy, don't you think? I wear a lot of black and red myself. Thanks for putting it together. I enjoying sewing when the moment strikes me. I have tons of jewelry findings from when I was on a jewelry-making kick.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Lilleyth, that sounds great, if you have loads of spare jewelry you can add them to the chokers and they will look really good, glad you found it helpful, thanks!


leann2800 4 years ago

These look great. I agree that you can wear them at any age. I think what you need to wear them is flare and pizzazz. I always see them on someone who likes to dress classic or unique, those are my favorite styles.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, leann, Yes I tottally agree, wearing a long evening dress with a gorgeous neck choker will look fab! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I love the look of chokers. Enjoyed your hub.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much moonlake, nell


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Green Art 4 years ago

I liked seeing all the choker ideas. Also thought the video showing how to make the red and black choker was very good. Voted up and interesting!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Green Art, I am so glad you liked it, cheers nell


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! A creatively entertaining hub! I am fond of chokers. You got a creative way with chokers. Look like you had plenty of fun creating them! The tips and ideas listed by you are cool and economical! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, ishwaryaa, thank you so much! I am glad you loved it, I love my chokers and am always making a new one! lol! thanks for the vote!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a great, crafty hub! I am excited to follow this advice :) I have made jewellery before but not a choker. Thanks Nell.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Christy, the chokers are so easy to make, I always used to wear them, in fact I wouldn't go out without one, thanks so much nell


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HungerSuperGirl 4 years ago

Nell Rose, I have always wanted a choker but I never had the money or knew how to make one. Now I can have a new type of necklace. Maybe I can start a new fad! Thanks for this hub. Keep hubbing.

HungerSuperGirl


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Hunger, thanks so much for reading, they really are so easy to make, I used to wear chokers all the time, and had loads of spare ribbon left over, thanks nell


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Nell,

Awesome ideas as always. Beautiful hub. Not sure if I'll try it out, but I just might some day. Thanks. Cheers, Rema.


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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

This is a great hub! I'm gonna have to get my creativity flowing and try these out.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Wow! These are so beautiful!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My children and I have made so many chokers. I haven't thought about them in ages. Now, I think I'll get out the ribbon and stuff and make some for Christmas gifts.

Great Hub, I voted it UP, will share and Pin


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Rema, Ryem Anamika, and mary, thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it, I have made a few again now and wondered how I had gone so long without them! lol!


Tiaso_Long's 11 months ago

Now that i've learnt to make choker, i will make plenty of it with various designs. Thank you Ma'am Neil Rose, for giving the directions to make a choker.


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Nell Rose 11 months ago from England Author

Thank you Tiaso!

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