Today I have the honor of welcoming Jessica from Craftiness is Not Optional. I love Jess, she is one of the most down to Earth, sweetest ladies you will ever meet! This Stay at Home do it yourself Momma is just fantastic!

I was introduced to her blog early last year, and it became a fast favorite of mine. Between the honest way she writes and her wonderful creations – I just love it. She makes you feel like you could be neighbors (in some fantasy I-want-to-live-there-someday-right-next-to-Miss-Mustard-Seed DIY-land).

Her little girls clothing tutorials are to die for…

And that only touches the surface! She also delves into all sorts of arts and crafts. Most recently I fell in love with the mini Series she did on flowers…

I mean, come on…how cute is this stuff?!!

And there is just oodles of it on her Tutorials Page!

Recently she has also branched out and started an ‘Outfit a Day’ edition, which I am also loving! So much so, that I am considering using it as a motivator for another resolution of my own…getting out of sweats and getting dressed up – e.v.e.r.y day. Jess has inspired me so much with this!

So what could Jess possibly have for us as her New Years ReSewLution???

Welcome Back Jess! Thanks so much for being here!

Hey Me Sew Crazy Readers! I’m Jess, from Craftiness is not Optional, and I am so excited to be here today! Isn’t Jessica the best? She has the coolest name, too. 😉

“Bib” necklaces are all the rage, are they not? Yeah I’m kind of behind the times, I’m sure. Anywho-I had some of this vinyl stuff that I got in the remnant bin at Joann’s-in an awesome shade of mustard.

So I decided to make a quick and easy necklace.

What you’ll need:

  • some vinyl (or felt would be cute, too!)
  • scissors
  • jewelry findings (chain, clasp, jump rings…or an old necklace you’re willing to cut in half)
  • glue (I used E-600 glue for the vinyl)

So first off, cut a bunch of circles or another shape from your vinyl. I used my Go Baby cutter.

Then draw a bib-esque, banana-esque shape…whatever you want to call it. Then I cut it out and adjusted a bit til I liked the shape.

Attach the clasp and jump rings to your chain using needle nose pliers…cut it to the length you’d like (my pieces were about 9.5″ long, make sure to allow for 1/2 inch on the ends to glue to the vinyl.)

Then I glued the ends of the chain to the top of the banana (lol) and started gluing the circles down. No rhyme or reason, just what looks good. You can trim some off the “banana” if needed.

Then I let my necklace dry for 24 hours, underneath something heavy and flat. Then I had a new necklace that hardly cost a thing!

Thanks for having me, Jessica!


That necklace is adorable Jess! I am currently in love with the grey & yellow color combo, so this is perfect for me! It looks fantastic on you too! Thank you so much for being here.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!