j crew necklace knock-off

When virtual shopping, I found this cute girls necklace at J Crew. It's silk and reminds me of bubblegum or candy. I thought it would be easy to replicate, so I came up with a tutorial for all of you.
First get your supplies together. Here is what you will need:
1/8 yard of silk fabric (I used silk dupioni found at Joann's)
3/8 inch wide coordinating ribbon- about 40 inches
5 wood beads (a large one for the middle, 2 smaller ones for either side of that one and 2 smaller than that for the ends) I got the wood beads at Joann's I also had an old necklace I broke to get the larger bead from.
1. Cut a strip about 10 inches long. Wrap it around your largest bead to make sure there is enough room to leave a little extra and allow for a 1/2 seam allowance.
2. Cut close to the seam allowance as shown. Turn fabric inside out.
3. Cut a 40" piece of ribbon. Seal the ends with seam sealer or run a lighter over the ends. Slide your beads on in the correct order. Small, medium, large, medium, small.
Slide the strand of beads through your casing. If you weren't able to get your beads on the ribbon, slide the ribbon through, then put the beads in the casing in the correct order.
Cut 4 strips of fabric, about 1 in. x 5 in.
Tie thread in between each bead nice and tight. Now tie your silk strips in between each bead nice and tight. Do not worry about the fraying. It lends to the character.
Now clip the ends of the fabric as shown in the picture above. Next you will tie knots in the ribbon on either side close to the beads. This will conceal the fabric edges. Go about 3-4 inches up on either side of the ribbon and tie knots. Go up another 3-4 inches and tie knots again. If you would like you can put a charm in one of the knots.
Tie a bow at the top (secure with a stitch) and you are done
The finished product! So cute and fun. Make them in bright summer colors like lime, orange, yellow and fuschia. This necklace was in the Crew Cuts section (kids) of J Crew; but I just may have to make one for myself. Stay tuned.... I am going to be doing a knock off series, with this being the first. I will be completing this look with a head to toe outfit.

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  1. PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

    This looks awesome!
    I've already been following in Google Reader for a while now.
    Feel free to check me out,

    Happy Day! :)

    June 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM  

  2. Melissa said...

    Very cool. So simple, I could so make this! Thanks for sharing!

    June 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

  3. Brenda said...

    THANKS! This is so simple. I tried this necklace but I put the beads in the fabric then tied ribbon ti each side. It was to complicated for my seniors (80+years).Your method will work for them!!! Thanks a million.

    June 11, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

  4. Southern States! said...

    Awesome! Visiting from MBC~ Thanks for stopping by my site! I am crafty as well so i am excited to explore your site! :)

    June 14, 2010 at 3:30 AM  

  5. Cassiopeia said...

    Well done! It looks just like J Crew, and you can make it any color to match an outfit.


    June 15, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

  6. Neccie's Creations said...

    Hi I am a new follower I found your necklace on Get your craft on!! I love a cheap knock off that looks just as great as the original.

    check me out at:

    June 15, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

  7. KJ said...

    I saw your necklace linked to Get your craft on. Great knockoff, I look forward to the rest of the head-to-toe look!

    June 16, 2010 at 3:55 AM  

  8. Stephanie said...

    I love it!! Great job. It definitely does look like candy.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

  9. Danielle said...

    Love your crafts, I think I could handle the necklace for my girls, but sewing is not my thing, wouldnt even know where to start. I am following you from MBC. Come check out my blog at

    June 19, 2010 at 7:10 AM  

  10. Katrina said...

    Just found what I'll be doing tomorrow - digging out my sewing machine - how fun!!!

    June 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

  11. Melanie said...

    How cute! I can't get over how awesome those necklaces are. Mine is too little to wear one yet though.

    Sitstagal. I also rated your blog for you.:)

    June 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

  12. Beansieleigh said...

    Love these!! I used to make some similar but with marbles and ponybeads; but this is a fresh new look, and I like it! Really CUTE! ~tina

    July 9, 2010 at 4:58 AM  

  13. Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

    This is so cute! I am loving all your JCrew knock-offs! You're my new hero!

    July 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

  14. Jane said...

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    December 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

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    April 21, 2011 at 7:13 AM  

  16. * Taci * said...

    This is adorable!! I hope I can make one for my daughter and niece and slip them into their Easter baskets!!
    Thank you, I am new here and will be following <3 I am in awe of how much adorableness you can muster with 4 kids!! (((WOW)))!!

    April 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

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