Ribbon and Pearl Necklace Tutorial

I save the few magazines that I ever buy just to have around when I feel like sitting on the couch with one. I was recently browsing through an Elle magazine (Oct. 2008) and saw this picture.
Lanvin Necklace in Elle
It is a pearl and grosgrain ribbon necklace by Lanvin for $1,320. I immediately thought of how I could make something similiar. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a look alike for yourself (for a lot less!).

-10 feet of 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon (I couldn’t find any in the right size, so I used organza ribbon)
-4 large pearl beads (again, sorry I used what I had so I only used three)
-Glue (I used fabric glue, but a tacky glue would be good as well)
-Large Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Candle, lighter, or wood burner

1. Cut the ribbon into two pieces. One equally 7 feet and the other 3 feet

2. Take the 7 ft. piece and begin to crochet a chain about 1 foot in on one end. Crochet the chain until there is about a foot of ribbon left. End with a slip stitch.
Ribbon Pearl Necklace Tutorial

3. Thread the 3 ft. piece of ribbon on a yarn needle and randomly run and loop it through/around the crocheted piece. Make sure the ends left on side side are about the same length.
Ribbon Pearl Necklace Tutorial

4. Knot the two pieces on the left side together right above where the crochet ends. Do the same for the right side.
Ribbon Pearl Necklace Tutorial

5. Heat seal ribbon ends with candle/lighter/wood burner. (cut them first if you would like them even too. I chose to leave mine like they were).

6. Glue on pearl beads. (I tried sewing, but they were too heavy for it to work on the organza ribbon).
Ribbon Pearl Necklace Tutorial

7. Once dry, it’s ready to wear. Just simply tie it on, take a picture, and add it to the Happy Together Flickr group so we can see what you made.

Ribbon Pearl Necklace Tutorial

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  1. says

    Just arrived at your blog through a linky to the ruffled scarf how-to from Craft Gossip (I think).

    Lots of adorable stuff. You look like you really enjoy being home with your little one.

    In today’s post and in the ruffled scarf how-to you have glimpses of a very cute updo. Would post a pic of the back that is a little more revealing and/or a brief description of how you are pinning it up?


  2. says

    Looks great! It looked intimidating to make, as I am a novice at crochet, until I read your tutorial and it sounds totally doable.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. says

    What a gorgeous necklace, I really think yours looks better than the original. To my eye the 4 pearls look odd, I was always taught that odd numbers (beads, embellishments) look better.

  4. says

    Couldn’t you also just string the beads on the ribbon and then crochet them evenly in the strand? It would take less time and no glue that could come undone later. :) Looks great!

  5. says

    “Couldn’t you also just string the beads on the ribbon and then crochet them evenly in the strand?”

    I so would have done that if the holes on the beads weren’t so small. The ribbon was too wide to even begin to get through, let alone trying to get it through the beading needles I had on hand. I say go for it if you have beads that it would work on :) Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. says

    “… is really a 10 feet ribbon I’m looking at ???”

    I know it seems like a lot, but the crocheting really takes a lot of the length. The spool of ribbon I used had five yards on it, so I almost used a whole spool. This necklace takes a little over three yards, so when looking for ribbon you can check out the yardage. You might find you might want it even longer too, depending on how tight you want it to your neck and how long you want the pieces to tie to be.

  7. says

    A very stunning necklace, just found your blog via Beading Gem’s regular updates to my inbox.

    Unfortunately, I can’t crochet to save my life. It is the only thing that is preventing from making this necklace I suppose.

    Thanks for sharing, I hope you have loads of fun wearing your necklace.

  8. says

    Hi Jessica, I decided last week that I was going to make this necklace as a Christmas present for my best friend. I went shopping yesterday and made two yesterday – one for me and one for her. They’re absolutely beautiful!! I did it in an antique style, using champagne/skin tone ribbon and greyish pearls. I will post a pic soon.

  9. Carrie says

    You did a beautiful job of replicating the necklace. By having different materials you gave it an upbeat and elegant look. Great tutorial.

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