How to make a choker necklace

Ribbons are one of the easiest items to use to make a choker necklace. Available in a multitude of colours and designs, you can create a necklace that is the height of sophistication or one that is fun and flirty. A large charm or button will give the choker a finished look and draw attention to the graceful lines of the neck. You can find the supplies to make your own choker at most craft and bead shops.

Cut a 16-inch length of 1/2-inch wide fabric ribbon. Wrap it around your neck to check the size and shorten if it is too long. Keep in mind the clasp will add approximately 1 inch to the total length.

Slide one end of the ribbon into a ribbon crimp end. Crimp it closed by pressing it with your flat nose pliers.

Pull open the jump ring on the crimp ends and attach a necklace clasp. You can use any style of clasp desired.

Slide a charm onto the ribbon and centre it. Sew a few stitches around the charms bail to secure it to the ribbon and keep it from sliding around. Alternatively, sew a pretty button onto the ribbon.

Slide the other end of the ribbon into a crimp end and press closed. Attach the other side of the clasp to this end. Your necklace is ready to wear.


Sew buttons all around the choker for an interesting look. Attach a short length of chain to one end of the ribbon end so you can adjust the length of the necklace.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon crimp ends
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Clasp
  • Charm or button
  • Needle and thread
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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.