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All the Trimmings

  • By Jodi Levine
  • Photos by Johnny Miller
A few yards of cord, ribbon, and fabric-store trim are all crafts editor Jodi Levine needs to make a statement necklace.

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How to Make Trim Necklaces

How to Make Trim Necklaces

These necklaces look like they’re metal, but they’re actually made of ribbon, braid, rickrack, and cord.

  • 1. Multistrand Metallic

    Cut two (or more) ribbons to the desired length. For each piece of ribbon or trim, use hot glue to join the ends. Gather the strands together, aligning the glued joints. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)

  • 3. Rickrack
    Cut two equal lengths of rickrack. Hot-glue the strands together at one end. Intertwine the strands so they appear striped (then iron to flatten). Hot-glue the ends together to finish.
  • 2. Chunky Cord

    Cut the cord to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends (do not overlap). Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)

  • 4. Braided Trim
    Cut braid to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)
  • 1. Multistrand Metallic

    Cut two (or more) ribbons to the desired length. For each piece of ribbon or trim, use hot glue to join the ends. Gather the strands together, aligning the glued joints. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)

  • 2. Chunky Cord

    Cut the cord to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends (do not overlap). Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)

  • 3. Rickrack
    Cut two equal lengths of rickrack. Hot-glue the strands together at one end. Intertwine the strands so they appear striped (then iron to flatten). Hot-glue the ends together to finish.
  • 4. Braided Trim
    Cut braid to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge before gluing shut.)
Bib Necklace How-To

Bib Necklace How-To

Iron-on applique, originally used for embellishing clothing, takes on new life when strung from metallic cord or ribbon to create a beautiful handmade necklace.

Trim-Shop Directory

These are Jodi’s go-to websites for ribbon and trim. (If a family member or friend sews, ask if she has a collection you can dip into.)

  • M&J Trimming

    “It has an amazing selection of metallic cording and trims of all types,” Jodi says.

  • Tinsel Trading

    “This is where I get beautiful new and vintage pieces: ribbon, cords, buttons, flowers, and leaves -- and all sorts of other crafty treasures.”

  • Daytona Braids and Trimming

    “If you want rickrack, this is where to look. The site has a huge assortment in every size and color.”

  • M&J Trimming

    “It has an amazing selection of metallic cording and trims of all types,” Jodi says.

  • Tinsel Trading

    “This is where I get beautiful new and vintage pieces: ribbon, cords, buttons, flowers, and leaves -- and all sorts of other crafty treasures.”

  • Daytona Braids and Trimming

    “If you want rickrack, this is where to look. The site has a huge assortment in every size and color.”

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