If I’ve said it once I’ll say it a million times – if you’re going to DIY anything this season, make it a choker! Why? They’re super easy to make, don’t use up much material (wrap a ribbon around your neck and call it a choker) and look stylish with every outfit.
I’ve been seeing chokers made of velvet, suede, leather and more — but what about denim? My tutorial below will show you how to totally recycle old denim jeans into trendy chokers in no time. Plus, you can create different styles using rhinestones and cup chain to add bling. Bling is always a plus!
Since these DIY accessories only require about 15 minutes to make, you’ll have plenty of time to create an entire choker wardrobe for winter.
Make thick bands, thin bands, and bands in between! I know some people find chokers uncomfortable – but the denim has a bit of stretch, so these WON’T literally, ahem, choke you!
Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need old denim jeans (cut from the leg part, include the seam), sewing scissors, flatnose pliers, Gem-Tac (not pictured, if you want to glue stones), rhinestone cup chain, sew-on chaton rhinestones (or flatbacks), ribbon ends, 6mm jump rings and lobster claws. You will also need a metal file if you want to distress your material a bit.
Step 2: Cut a piece of the denim about 12″ long (or measure to the correct circumference of your neck) and .5″ wide, making sure to cut including the seam. I cut up the pant leg to give me enough length. Don’t cut ACROSS the pant leg, or you won’t have 12″ of material!
Step 3: Distress your denim a bit by rubbing on a metal file, this roughens up the material and adds texture. If you don’t want your denim distressed, skip this step!
Step 4: Cut any excess or long threads from the distressing.
Step 5: Glue on your chats in any pattern you desire. I used Gem-Tac. You can also sew them for strength too. You will need sewing thread if you choose to hand-sew!
Step 6: Add ribbon ends to the ends of the denim. Attach a lobster claw with your jumping, and a plain jumping to the other end to finish!
Go wild and crazy here, adorning other denim washes (I used a dark wash jean for the cup chain choker) for different looks. In true fall 2016 style, I’d pair these chokers with skinny jeans, a black tee, sneakers and a satin bomber jacket. You’ll ooze of big city chicness!
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