How to Make a Velvet Choker Necklace

Written by fiona fearey | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Velvet Choker Necklace
Make a simple choker with a pendant and velvet ribbon. (Red butterfly with black ribbon image by Olga Khopshanosova from

Velvet choker necklaces are simple and inexpensive to make. Depending on your choice of ribbon colours and pendants, this versatile style can range in look from Victorian to Goth. Create one with a cameo or a vintage metal charm. Black is a traditional colour for a velvet choker ribbon, but other lighter or brighter colours will make this a perfect necklace for spring or summer use. They also make great gifts, as they can be personalised for each recipient with very little effort.

Choose a length for your choker necklace; chokers are generally between 14 and 16 inches. Calculate the length that the ribbon end findings and clasp will add to the choker. Cut your ribbon to the desired length.

String your pendant on your ribbon. Add a jump ring if your pendant does not sit flat. Replace the jump ring if the ribbon is too wide to easily fit through the existing one.

Glue the ends of the ribbon with craft glue to prevent fraying and help adhere the ribbon to the ribbon end findings. Gently close the jaws of the ribbon end findings with nylon jaw pliers part way, leaving just enough room on each ribbon end finding to be able to slip the ends of the ribbon in. Slide the ribbon in and tightly close ribbon end findings the rest of the way with nylon jaw pliers. Check to make sure that the teeth of the ribbon end findings are securely holding the ribbon in place. Allow the glue to dry before continuing to work on the necklace.

Attach the clasp to the ribbon end findings with jump rings. Grip each end of the jump ring with a pair of flat nose pliers. Gently twist one side open, while holding the other side still. Pivot the ends of the jump ring back into place after connecting the parts of the clasp to the ribbon end finding. Make sure that each jump ring is closed securely.

Things you need

  • 16 inches velvet ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pendant
  • Craft glue for metal/fabric
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • 2 ribbon end findings
  • Clasp
  • Jump rings
  • 2 pairs flat nose pliers

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