Introduction: DIY Collar Style Choker
- Choker Pattern
- Eyelet Setting Tool
- 6 (3/8” Eyelets)
- ¼ Yard Interfacing
- ¼ Yard Cotton Fabric
- 5/8”- 13/4” Button
- 1 ½” Round Elastic
- 12” Gold Plated 3.2mm Curb Chain
- Round Nose Pliers
- Cutting Pliers
- 1 Small Jump Ring
Step 1: Pattern
Make Your Own
- Take the measurement around your neck round it up to the next inch then divide that in half.
- Use the final measurement as a guide for the final choker.
- On a sheet of paper mark the measure measurements you got by measuring your neck.* make sure to leave space for seam allowance.
- Create 2 dotted lines that are 1 ½“ apart.
- Using a ruler angle down slightly about an inch or so on the right side of the grid mark where they intersect.
- Measure up 1 ½“ and mark there as well.
- Connect those points with a curved line, making sure the lines run parallel at the ends.
- From a point in the middle angle straight out using a ruler, this can very if you want more of a point.
- Create a line that connects from the end of the bottom line to the line that is created in the last step.
- From here just angle in slightly on both ends for a more comfortable fit, then cut this out.
- On another piece of paper trace the pattern out, then using a ruler and the seam allowance to the pattern. In my case I used ½” as my allowance. Cut this out and you have a pattern ready to go.
- Write any notes you want to remember on the pattern so you don’t forget them.
This is the pattern I created to fit my neck at 14”, so if you need something bigger just add it to the Back end of the pattern.
*Before printing it may need to be set into portrait print.
Step 2: Cutting Out Pattern and Sewing Together
Depending on your fabric you may not need interfacing, but in my case I did.
- Using the Pattern cut out 4 pieces of both interfacing and cotton fabric.
- Put the wrong sides together for each piece, one cotton and one interfacing, then iron then together using no steam.
- When all the pieces are done place two pieces right side together, make sure they line up and pin the in place if needed.
- Sew a ½” seam allowance around the edge leaving a big enough opening in it to flip it right side out. One should be on the back side so the elastic can be place in that end.
- Once sown together trim the edge to ¼” and snip the corners so that everything can lay flat when it is finished.
- After flipping it right side out use scissors or some kind of tool to push the corners out. Steam it with the iron to remove wrinkles and lay it flat.
- In one of the pieces place the elastic in the opened end, making sure it is folded in have and placed far enough in to not come out. Then just do a top stitch holding it in place and continuing it all the way around about ¼” from the edge, overlapping the stitch a little at the end.
- Repeat this for the second one but without the elastic.
Step 3: Finishing
- Taking a ruler measure in from the end 1”to 1 ¼” in
- the center and mark for the placement of the button.
- Sew the button in to place using needle and thread.
- Mark where to place the eyelets and cut a smaller hole to fit the eyelet into.
- Push the eyelet through the hole and use the setting tool to crimp it in place. Do this for all six eyelets.
- Taking the chain, measure out 12” and cut to size.
- Open up the small jump ring and place one end of the chain on it and close it back up.
- Lace the choker together, making sure the chain lays flat when its finished , then open the jump ring again and add the other end of the chain to it and close
- At this point the choker is finished and ready to wear.