I am sure you all have seen necklaces like this before. This was my "official" inspiration.
I have and always wanted to make myself one, but just got around to it. It took me about ten minutes to make, since I had all the supplies on hand. I think it's super cute. I like it with "fancier" fabrics, but I'm sure even a pretty cotton fabric would look amazing and more casual.
-Piece of fabric that is 20" by 3" (to look like grey one; the white one I did was an experiment and a hard type of material to ruffle. That one was only 12" by 4" and I trimmed it.) But as always, experiment and put your own creativity into it!
-Necklace chain (I just used what I had in my jewelry box)
-Option: Tool to heat seal fabric if needed
1. Take your piece of fabric and fold it in half with the wrong side facing.
2. Leave a long strand of thread at the beginning (DO NOT BACK STITCH!) and run it through your sewing machine with a large stitch. Leave another long strand of thread at the end (DO NOT BACK STITCH!). Also, make sure the casing (the side where the necklace will run through) is big enough for the chain you are using.
3. Pull the long thread on the back (that came from the bobbin part of the sewing machine) to create a ruffle. I pulled the threads until it measured 6 inches. Once at desired length, tie a knot on each end with the threads.
4. Put a safety pin on the end of the chain and pull through fabric casing.
*I also hot sealed the fabrics I used because they fray very easily. So that is an option to consider as well.*
*If you make one, I would love to see it! Add it to the Flickr group*