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Published: Sunday, February 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Make a statement with a handmade bib necklace

  • This is one of Jenny Chapman's “bubble button bib” necklaces, which she sells in her Etsy shop.

    Jenny Chapman

    This is one of Jenny Chapman's “bubble button bib” necklaces, which she sells in her Etsy shop.

  • This is one of Jenny Chapman’s “bubble button bib” necklaces, which she sells in her Etsy shop.

    Jenny Chapman

    This is one of Jenny Chapman’s “bubble button bib” necklaces, which she sells in her Etsy shop.

  • This is one of Jenny Chapman’s “bubble button bib” necklaces, which she sells in her Etsy shop.

    Jenny Chapman

    This is one of Jenny Chapman’s “bubble button bib” necklaces, which she sells in her Etsy shop.

Who knew that a bib would get so much adult wear?
The bib necklace — often giant, sometimes sparkly — started hanging around a lot of necks a few years ago, and it's still here.
Of course, some women would rather craft than buy theirs. From buttons to lace, here are a few examples:
Button love
Jenny Chapman of Chowchilla, Calif., has turned her love of buttons into expressive necklaces.
"Buttons are so fun," says Chapman, who scours thrift stores and eBay for them. "When you get them and there's a big jar and you have no idea what you're going to find, it's like a treasure hunt."
She sews each button to a slightly larger disk of black felt and then glues them to a sheet of felt with felt glue, available at craft stores.
She allows the ensemble to dry and then cuts around the buttons to create the bib. After that, it's just attaching bails — necklace hardware — at the bib's top two corners to connect an organza chain.
"You really don't need to know anything to make it yourself," Chapman said. "The most time-consuming part is figuring out the buttons, but that's fun."
Find Chapman's Bubble Button Bib necklaces at her Etsy.com shop, Jenny's Trinket Shoppe.
Ideas
These bib-crafting ideas come from Marianne Canada, host of HGTV.com's web series Weekday Crafternoon:
Spray-paint a large, graphic piece of lace, let it dry, and then attach jump rings and a chain for hanging.
Using an X-acto knife, cut out a graphic shape from leather or a lightweight sheet of balsam wood, then attach jump rings and a chain.
Roll fabric rosettes and attach them — with beads, lace, buttons or whatever suits your fancy — onto sturdy backing, such as heavy felt or leather. Finish with jump rings and a chain.
Some of these ideas are pictured at Pinterest, the online pinboard.
Story tags » FashionCrafting

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