How To Make Your Own Chokers
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.
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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.
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.
Hooks and Eyes or Buttons
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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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