Make a Button Chokercomments (9) March 9th, 2009
At the recent Sewing & Stitchery Expo, I fell under the spell of a whole passel of buttons and notions. At the Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods booth, I rifled through a bucket full of different-shaped abalone buckles (which I figure are kissing cousins to buttons) and wondered how best I could showcase them. In a fit of less-is-more inspiration, I decided to showcase a few of the buckles on a complementary ribbon. I love chokers—this sweet one works with a variety of necklines and makes me feel a bit like a barmaid in a Toulouse-Lautrec painting.
- Several shell buckles
- 1 yard of 3/4-inch ribbon
Step 1: Feed each buckle through the ribbon and check that the ribbon is thick enough and wide enough to keep each buckle from slipping and moving. If it slides up and down the ribbon like a bead on an abacus, swap out the ribbon for something heftier and wider (such as a velvet).
Step 2: Once you have the appropriate ribbon, slip a small buckle onto the ribbon, feeding the ribbon up through one hole and back down through the other. For the center piece, the slots on my larger buckle were a bit too big, so I decided to double up on the buckles to keep the ribbon in place. Thread the ribbon through the left holes on a large and small buckle and then back down through the right holes. Add another small buckle to the ribbon in the same manner.
Step 3: Tweak the positions of the buckles by holding it up to your neck. I like tying the ribbon in a bow on the front side, so I positioned the buckles off center of the ribbon, leaving about an inch between buckles. Tie the ends in a sweet bow, making sure the choker isn’t, well, choking you. Prepare to be admired.