Fabric Wrapped Choker Necklace Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Fabric Wrapped Choker Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This fabric wrapped choker necklace is made from four stacked wire neck rings.

Two are wrapped with fabric strips, and the other two are bare metal.

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s fun to choose your fabrics for this project! I love Autumn colors, especially olive and sage greens.

Let’s get started.

Supplies:

brass wire for bracelet fastening tool

  • 16-gauge round soft wire – I used brass. I used 66″ (167.64 cm) of wire; see “Measure Your Neck” in the step below to find out how much wire you’ll need.
  • Tape measure.
  • A file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone for smoothing off the 16-gauge wire ends.
  • Artistic wire (or other wire) for wrapping the ends of your fabric to secure them to your wire frames. You’ll need at least 4 pieces that are each 5″ (12.7 cm) long. (You’ll need more than 4 pieces of this wire if your fabric strips are shorter than 60″.) I used 20-gauge gunmetal colored Artistic wire.
  • Wire cutter.
  • 2 strips of soft, non-scratchy fabric (I used a jersey knit camouflage print, and an ultrasuede with a metallic floral print) that are each about 1.5″ (3.81 cm) wide and 60″ (152.4 cm) long. If your fabric isn’t 60″ long, you can use multiple shorter strips to make up your two 60″ strips.
  • Scissors for cutting your fabric.
  • 2 jump rings – 15 mm size (I used antiqued brass).
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • OPTIONAL: Clasp (a hook or S-shape would work well with this design). I didn’t use a clasp on mine, and it works fine without one.

Measure Your Neck:

Wrap the tape measure around your neck and arrange the tape to the length you’d like your choker to be.

Add 1.5″ (3.81 cm) to that length to get your total length.

You’ll need 4 pieces of your 16-gauge wire in this total length.

Example: Let’s say you want your choker to be 16″. You’ll need 4 pieces of wire that are each 16″ + 1.5″ = 17.5″ long (a total of 70 inches of wire).

Fabric Wrapped Choker Tutorial:

Cut your 4 pieces of 16-gauge wire.

Don’t straighten the wire out; leave its natural curve:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone to round and smooth off both ends of each piece of your 16-gauge wire:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Using just your hands, shape each piece of your 16-gauge wire into a circle.

You could also wrap the wires around a large oatmeal box or other large cylinder to shape them into circles.

Your wires should now look like this:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the fattest part of your round-nose pliers to make a loop at each end of each of your 16-gauge wires:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Each wire should now look like this:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

So your four wires now look like this:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

From each of your fabrics, cut your 1.5″ (3.81 cm) x 60″ (152.4 cm) strip. Or cut multiple smaller strips to make up the 60″ length from each fabric.

These are the fabrics I used for my fabric-wrapped choker, before I cut my strips:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Cut your 4 pieces of Artistic wire, each 5″ (12.7 cm) long.

You can make these wire pieces longer if you want to make artistically messy wraps.

And if your fabric strips are shorter than 60″, you’ll need more than 4 pieces of this wire so you can make extra wraps each place you add a new strip into your fabric wrap:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start wrapping one of your fabric strips around one of your 16-gauge wires:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Lay one of your binding wires (Artistic wire) across the beginning of your fabric wrap, and hold the fabric-wrapped 16-gauge wire and Artistic wire together with your flat nose pliers:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the fingers of your free hand to wrap the long end of your Artistic wire very tightly around the fabric.

A good, tight wire binding is important to keep the fabric from coming off the 16-gauge wire later.

Wrap your binding wire neatly or make it artfully messy:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you’ve wrapped the entire binding wire around your fabric-wrapped 16-gauge wire end, use your pliers to clamp the two ends down securely.

Make sure there’s no scratchy binding wire ends poking out.

Your fabric wrap should now look like this;

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Continue wrapping your fabric strip tightly around your 16-gauge wire, “traveling” along the wire as you wrap:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If you’re using shorter strips of fabric, start each new strip over the end of the previous fabric strip.

Bind the beginning of each new strip tightly to your 16-gauge wire with another piece of your Artistic wire.

When you’ve wrapped your fabric strip(s) all the way to the other end of your 16-gauge wire, cut off any excess fabric and use a piece of your Artistic wire to bind this fabric end tightly in place:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then wrap your other fabric strip around another of your 16-gauge wires, securing both ends of the fabric wrap with Artistic wire bindings.

Above is my ultrasuede fabric strip with metallic print; below is my jersey-knit camouflage fabric strip:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat-nose pliers to twist open each of your jump rings:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Put one of these jump rings on each end loop of one of your fabric-wrapped wires:

One at a time, attach each of the plain 16-gauge wires to the jump rings.

Then add your other fabric-wrapped wire to the jump rings.

Use your flat-nose pliers to twist the jump rings closed.

Your fabric wrapped necklace should now look like this:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your two bare metal wires are sandwiched between your two fabric-wrapped wires:

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This choker is flexible so it’s easy to put on and take off, bending the wires to fit your neck perfectly.

Fabric Wrapped Choker Necklace Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Ideas for Wearing
this Fabric Wrapped Choker:

  • I wear the open end in the back (and you could add a clasp if you like).
  • You could could even put a pendant on this choker, using a jump ring large enough to go around all 4 wires, or hanging the pendant on just one of the wires.
  • You could also wear the open end of this choker in front, and add some sort of dangles to the jump rings.

Fabric wrapped choker necklace tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

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By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. I love this! It’s so different and sophisticated. Thanks :)

  2. Great choker idea! With my fabric stash & a lack of accessories for my wardrobe, my mind is full of ideas. I’ll be checking back often. Thanks Rena.

  3. Awesome idea..thanks so much for sharing.

  4. What a great idea Rena, I love it!!

  5. Cool versatile design, Rena. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!

  6. What a neat idea! Thanks for the tutorial. Green is my favorite color, but I think it would look great in any color fabric. :)

  7. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    This is such an original idea. I love all the fun jewelry you are always coming up with.

  8. Vinita says:

    Love it! I think variations of this would appeal to all age groups.

  9. Thank you all for your lovely feedback on this project! I found that it was fun to add a non-jewelry element like fabric – an interesting change from using primarily regular components.

    This project could also be made much smaller, and turned into a cuff bracelet.

  10. I love it. SO pretty :)

    New follower from the Blog Hop

    Buffi

  11. Oh!! Great tutorial!! LOVE the necklace!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. hi…!!! wow… the choker is simply pretty… love the way you preferred to wrap it with the fabrics…the texture of the fabric is too cool n wild…

  13. wow! that’s gorgeous! and this is such a fabulous step-by-step tutorial!

  14. It is very pretty and elegant at the same time. Your tutorial is also great. It looks pretty easy, maybe even I could do it! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best!

  15. I really like that look! Wish I could make something like that!

  16. Very pretty and elegant! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best!

  17. A wonderfully unique piece and a great tutorial so I shared it tonight on this week’s Motivated Monday at BeColorful.
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  18. So simple and sooo beautiful!!!
    thanks for sharing ideas with us ,initiatin a step further!!!!
    Cant wait to make one in bright color raw silk!!!!
    Flora from Jordan

  19. awesome design, thanks for sharing!!!
    I’m already planning on making small additions of my own ;-)
    – I’ll be using re-purposed fabric from old cloths (I’m a large person, so my skirts and tunics are quite adequate ;-)
    – I’ll be using colored wire, the craft colored copper type
    – I’ll try slightly different lengths on each wire (say 1/5 of an inch longer, each) so the necklace will come out like a multistrand;
    – and just now I thought of using plain wire for the uncovered rings, so I could hammer one of them…
    in short I’ve got a lot of work to do, so I’m off to start one of them now ;-)
    I’ll let you know how they come out, which changes work and which don’t, and again:
    many thanks!

  20. Beautiful necklace! I love the combination of fabric and wire – looks great!

  21. That looks really nice! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  22. Love this idea. I have pinned it so I can try it later. This would be a fun summer craft for when my friend comes to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  23. That was amazing. I think I might try this! Thank you for teaching me!

  24. wow, following your directions I think I may be able to even make this!

  25. Such a pretty necklace. This would be nice to start making for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. Pinning.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  26. This is so gorgeous..I love the mixed mediums!

  27. Being a person that makes jewelry I just love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

  28. Great tutorial! I think this is very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  29. This is just adorable…my girl and her girls would love this.
    I could never make it but love seeing how it’s done.
    Over from Lavender Garden

  30. This is so clever! I’m not crafty, but it makes me think maybe I could do something like this. It’s super cute!

  31. What a great idea! I love this!

  32. How lovely! And what a great idea to use the same technique to make a cuff bracelet.

  33. Very pretty! And you make it look so simple! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Your tutorial is so thorough and easy to follow. Thank you! I plan to try this with my twin daughters.

  35. What a fun project. It looks fairly straightforward and easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

  36. A great projects with limitless options to make it uniquely our own. Thanks for linking up to BeColorful this week.
    p

  37. That’s pretty cool!! =)

    Happy Tuesday!
    Danielle

  38. Very cool. You made it look easy enough to actually try to make. Thanks (Pinning)

  39. Great idea, and I love your tutorials!

  40. What a fun necklace, my teen would love these!

  41. What a lovely necklace and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  42. They turned out so pretty! And I can only imagine ALL the different looks just by changing up the fabric!

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