Beaded Bib Necklace
Beading Instructions

Try making a beaded bib necklace with crystals, gemstones, fabric and glue for an easy intro to jewelry making. Glamorous results!

Bib Necklaces

Beaded bib necklaces are fashion statement necklaces that bespeak confidence and individuality.

And yes, their shape resembles a baby's bib, which is what they're named for.

So, how do you go about making theses unique beaded necklaces?

Simply follow these beading instructions and tips to make one or two bib necklaces that will add pizazz to your wardrobe!

Determine the Shape of Your Bib Necklace

For this jeweled bib necklace beading project, I chose a somewhat literal bib shape, with floral influences.

I simply played with different arrangements of my chosen beads until I got a design that I liked. Then, I cut fabric to conform to that shape.

Hunt for Jewelry Making Beads or
Baubles that You'll Love

During my search for beads I went to a few local bead stores, two major national chain arts and crafts stores, a fabric and trim shop and browsed the websites of a few online bead stores.

Lots of jewelry making materials are available! I found buttons, fabric beads, natural stones, glue on and sew on glass and plastic rhinestones and lots of other glass and plastic beads in different shapes, sizes and colors.

Choose Beads With a Flat Back

In the end, I decided to use beads that I could glue to fabric. Namely, Howlite cabochons and Swarovski flat back faceted rhinestone crystals.

I think (but of course I'm a little biased) the end result is a little funky without being too over the top...

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How to Make a Jeweled Bib Necklace

Tutorial Category: Stringing Tutorials

Skill Level: Beginning Beading

Time to Complete: A few hours, but leave overnight to allow the glue to set and dry. Check the directions on the back of the bottle of your glue used.

Prerequisite Beading Techniques: Opening a split ring, cutting fabric with sewing scissors or rotary cutters. (Learn how to open split rings with these instructions)

Approximate Length: 20" (50.8 cm)

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • Non fraying fabric like Ultra suede, felt or leather (I used Ultra suede)
  • A thin, but sturdy piece of plastic cut from a large water bottle or quilter's plastic template
  • 26" (66 cm) length of 1/4" (6 mm) diameter velvet rope
  • 2 10mm choker clamp ends
  • E6000 glue or a glue appropriate for your chosen materials
  • Small tip paint brush, toothpicks or Popsicle sticks (to help spread glue)
  • A few sewing stick pins (or safety pins)
  • 8" (20.3 cm) dinner plate or other rounded object (to use as a cutting guide for your material)(optional)
  • Portable, flat work surface like cardboard, clipboard or sturdy book
  • Plastic wrap
  • Ruler
  • An assortment of flat back beads and baubles*

*Beads used in this beaded bib necklace beading project:

1 40mm X 30mm oval Howlite cabochon
2 30mm X 22mm oval Howlite cabochons
4 10mm round Howlite cabochons
11 mm (SS48) Swarovski® crystal color flat back rhinestones
8 mm (SS40) Swarovski® black diamond flat back rhinestones

Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Split ring pliers
  • Sewing scissors or shears and/or Rotary Cutter
  • Tweezers (optional)

Here, learn more about jewelry pliers and what jewelry making tasks they are used to accomplish.

Jewelry Making Instructions

1. On a flat work surface lay down a sturdy piece of cardboard. Place plastic wrap over it. (You may want to move the project outside if your glue has strong fumes.)

2. Using sewing scissors or shears, cut out two pieces of fabric a few inches (or centimeters) larger than the shape of the bib portion of the necklace.

Place the fabric on top of the cardboard.

Layout your beaded bib necklace pattern.

Beaded Bib Step 2

3. One by one glue the beads to the fabric. Use tweezers or your fingers to pick up the beads.

For larger beads, use the small tip paint brush, toothpicks or Popsicle sticks to spread the glue onto the fabric and the backs of the beads (see beading tip below). Then, replace the bead into pattern. With your fingers press the bead into the fabric.

After gluing all the beads, leave the project overnight (or according to the dry and set time for the glue used) to allow the glue to completely dry and set.

Beaded Bib Step 3

Beading Tip: Try not to spread the glue to the bead's edge. It will spread on its own when you press the bead into the fabric.

If you spread the glue to the bead's edge and then press, the glue will spread beyond a bead's edge and it may show up on the fabric.

4. When the glue is completely dry, pin both pieces of fabric together. (Cutting both pieces of fabric together ensures that the two pieces of fabric or material will be of the same shape and size.)

Beaded Bib Step 4

5. Cut the fabric along the beaded bib necklace pattern.

To achieve a smother neckline, use a large dinner plate (or other curved edge object) as a guide and cut a smooth neckline with rotary cutters.

Beaded Bib Step 5

6. Use sewing scissors or shears to cut a piece of thin plastic in the shape of the lower bib portion.

The plastic will make the bib sturdy and give support to it if your beads are on the heavy side. If your beads are very light weight, you may omit adding the plastic support.

Beaded Bib Step 6

Beaded Bib Necklace Instructions Continued...

7. Turn the bib over with its back facing you. On the back of the bib, directly from the tube, place glue along the neckline edge, the back of the bib and one side of the plastic (or cardboard).

Place the plastic (or cardboard) onto the lower portion of the bib and with your fingers press it into the fabric.

Beaded Bib Step 7

8. Place the velvet rope along the neckline over the glue. With your fingers press it into the glue and the fabric of the bib.

Directly from the tube, place glue along top of the velvet rope and all over the back of the bib up to the edge of the plastic.

Beaded Bib Step 8

9. Place the second piece of fabric over the back of the bib.

Line up all edges. With your fingers, press both halves together as one. Run your fingers across the back of the fabric to smooth it, spreading the glue for better adhesion of both halves.

Leave the project overnight to allow the glue to completely dry and set. (Or according to the dry and set time for the glue you used.)

Beaded Bib Step 9

10. Attach a clamp end to each end of the velvet rope.

Slide each rope end into a clamp. Using chain nose pliers, press each clamp closed. If you used heavy beads, for extra security dab a little glue onto the ends of the velvet before inserting them into the clamp end.

Beaded Bib Step 10

11. Using split ring pliers, attach a split ring to each choker clamp end. Lastly, attach a lobster claw clasp to one split ring.

Beaded Bib Step 11

You're done...You've made a beautiful, funky beaded bib necklace!

If you like the bib style, but want to make and wear a more sedate beaded bib necklace, try making this bib necklace using beading wire.

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