This post is in no way original! Fabric rosettes and necklaces have been doing the rounds in blogging sphere in a big way. You only have to google "Bib necklace" to find an array of D.I.Y tutorials and blog posts devoted to this project. Its a little bit crafty and a little bit shabby chic, but... its popularity in no way diminishes the desirability of this delightfully sweet, simple and fashionable adornment.
~ How to create a Fabric Rosette:
Cut a strip of fabric about 1.5"/ 3cm wide and about 50cm /20" long. The longer the fabric the bigger the flower. Tie a knot in one end and trim off the end close to the knot.
Tuck the knot back on its self and begin to roll the fabric around it, turning and twisting the fabric strip in, towards the centre of the flower.
Keep rolling, turing and twisting. Use a little dab of fabric glue every now and then to secure the fabric twists, or you could hand sew them too! I tried both gluing and sewing, and found using glue much quicker, easier and less fidely!
When you have a flower of desired size, twist the fabric strip to the underneath of the fabric, trim off and glue to the flower base and make another one! Sew a couple of beads in the centre of your flowers!
~ How to make the necklace:
Once you have made several flowers of different sizes, arrange you flowers on a piece of paper in a bib like shape.
Draw around your flowers to make a pattern that you will use to cut out of felt for the backing of your necklace. Keeping your flowers in the same arrangement, slide the paper out and trim your pattern by at least 6mm / 1/4" so that no Felt will be visible from the front.
Place your pattern on your felt, draw around it and cut it out. Ball point pen is the easiest medium to glide over the felt.
Place an end of your ribbon tie about 2" / 5cm on the felt and glue down using fabric glue. Repeat for the other side.
Dab glue on underneath of your flowers and press heavily on to the felt. I also dabbed a small amount of glue between the flowers to help stabilize the necklace. Tie a bow at either end or knot the ribbon ties to help it lie flat and your done! Ta dah!
Heres the view from the back: