D.I.Y. Stiched Chevron Necklace



Do you love the look of hand stitched accessories? Me too! This D.I.Y. is absolutely adorable and so much fun to stitch up while watching a movie at home with hot tea and popcorn. Enjoy…


Supplies Needed: white cotton fabric, an embroidery hoop, a pen, gold leather or faux leather, embroidery thread, needles, a chain, jump rings and a pair of jewelry pliers.


1. Sketch the chevron pattern you wish to embroider on your cotton with a pen or pencil, then fill in the pattern using straight stitches. The secret to getting a beautiful result is to sew the stitches really close to one another. 2. Change color for each row of chevron and try to change the orientation of your stitches with each color. At the top of each row sew some back stitches to hide the junction between colors. 3. When you’re done with the embroidery of the chevron, take a piece of white cotton fabric a little larger than your design, and the piece of leather cut at the same width as your chevron (you can cut the length the size you want). 4. Use a rotary cutter or scissors to fringe your leather. Leave 1 inch unfringed at the top. 5. Put your white cotton fabric and the chevron pattern right side together. Secure with pins and sew on the side and on the top leaving an open space to be able to turn your chevron right side out. Don’t sew the bottom. 6. Once sewed, insert the piece of leather through the bottom of your chevron, pin it and sew it. 7. Turn your chevron and embroider all the edges to hide the stitching and to give a pretty finished look to your chevron. 8. Hook your chain on the embroidery stitches you just made using the jump rings. ♥ 


This D.I.Y. was brought to you by A Beautiful Mess reader Julie Camaille. Take a peek at Julie's Etsy shops, One Little Red FoxPamplemouss. They are both full of gorgeous handmade work. xo. elsie 

  • Just about any minahce can do this for you. You will need a minahce that has a zig-zag stitch and one that you can release pressure of the foot. This might not make sense to someone without basic knowledge of a minahce. To sew use the instructions, to embroider put the stitch setting on zig-zag, the stitch length as small as possible and release the foot pressure to zero. The little teeth that normally pull the material along will now be retracted into the minahce. You must put your hands on the material on either side of the foot [put the foot down] and you can use them as the guide to move the material any way you like. The cloth must be thick enough to hold the embroidery, you can use purchased interfacing for this. Just put it in the back or inside the item your . I use this for writing, pictures, or anything else I want to sew onto things [oh, and it’s great for patches on] just grab some material and experiment. Have fun.

  • Since you put the leather piece on the inside and then sew it, is the leather going to be on the back when you flip it right side out or will it be on the inside?!

  • This is a very interesting post.I hope you have a nice day! Very good article, well written and very thought out. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  • You’re fantastic!I’ll try to do this!
    come to see my blog,you can win my GUCCI GIVEAWAY!


  • This is adorable! This would really put my crafting skills to the test.


  • This is so great! Just my style too! Thank so much for sharing this amazing DIY! 🙂 -Lo

  • Nice!

    –Jaclyn T
    TrickArt Jewellery: Nature Inspired

  • Wow, that necklace is beautiful! That is one talented lady.


  • Ahhh this is so beautiful I love it! Have you seen the embroidered jewelery work of Maranon? You should check out her work, she is brilliant! http://maranonjewels.com/art

    I love the geometric clutches in Julie’s Pamplemouss shop. Thanks for sharing this gorrrrrgeous tutorial!
    Katie. xxx

  • this reminds me of a festive take on thanksgiving accessorizing!! cute cute!

  • I really love this! Do you ever do posts of what your followers created based on your DIY tutorials? That would be neat ,im going to try this tonight even though on my to-do list im supposed to be working on my first quilt ever and a countdown to christmas.Thanks for sharing this lovely idea



  • oh this is so lovely!! and i love how you’ve incorporated the embroidery into the necklace!!
    xx ~ kristina

  • deeply deeply in love. favorite thing ever. SO COOL.

    ok, done.

    xo, Brittan


  • This is a beautiful DIY project! I have been obsessed with One Little Red Fox for a while now!

  • This HAS to be one of my favorite DIYs yet! SO pretty:)

    Stephanie May*


  • This is so cute!!! I love it!


  • Ah, I made a similar necklace ( http://byov.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-embroidered-necklace.html ) based upon some of Maranon’s embroidered jewelry ( http://maranonjewels.com ). It’s pretty nifty.

  • Oh that’s brilliant! I love it! What a cool idea. Set-up an Etsy shop for them 🙂



  • I love all your posts, Elsie (although I know this is a guest project.) Just wanted to let you know, I always look forward to when they come up in google reader.

  • this is awesome, i totally want to try it out. thanks for all the projects, i will never be bored again <3

  • This is a perfect idea for a Christmas gift! Gotta make some for friends (and myself!) 😉

  • very cute tutorial! I”m awful at making these things for myself.

  • This is beautiful! A must-try–like Lauren I think I have most of those items at home.

  • Oh how cute! I think I have almost all of the supplies already, too. I’m trying to use up what I have before I run out and buy more craft supplies, but it doesn’t always work! 🙂

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