I’m sure you’ve noticed a new (not so new) trend, the choker! It reminds me of the days when I would wear weird stretchy things around my neck in the 90s, along with my spice girls, and butterfly clips. It’s also a great, trendy way, to get started on a last minute Halloween costume 😉
While I’m not a huge fan of butterfly clips (scrunchies I’m still on board with), give me a cool retro tee and a choker and I’m feeling the 90s vibes. Personally, I love throwing on a choker to add a bit of the 90s to another otherwise non-90s outfit. You can see how I rocked a choker with an otherwise hippy-boho look below (or see the rest here).
Anyways, as you’ve probably guessed, I’m pretty cheap. While I recently buckled down and bought myself some time pieces for fall, generally, I don’t like to spend too much on clothes, especially accessories.
When I saw that chokers were back in style, my first instinct was “where would be 10 year old self have hidden or lost my old ones?”. Alas, no such luck. So, my second instinct was, “wow that literally looks like a piece of ribbon around her neck.” Luckily for me, I recently came into a large supply of ribbon from the UBER Swap I recently did.
If you’re not so lucky, ribbon is pretty darn cheap. You can get cool spools of ribbon at the dollarstore for less than $2, which is good because you only need about 6-9 inches of it. You could also use cool chains if you were so inclined.
Ps. please excuse my horrible hands.
DIY Ribbon Choker
- 6-9 Inches of Ribbon of Your Choice ($2, Dollar Store)
- 6-9 Inches of Elastic Band, colour to match ribbon ($2, Dollar store)
- Needle & Thread, to match (Sewing Kits are $2 at the Dollar Store)
- Measuring Tape
Step 1: Measure around your neck with measuring tape. Make sure there is enough extra inches added so that the choker won’t feel constricting on your throat. Add at least 0.5 inches, but I added 1 full inch.
Step 2: Using the measurement of your neck (mine was 13 inches), measure half of that out in ribbon (mine was 7.5 inches). I added 1 extra inch because the ribbon and the elastic have to overlap when you sew them together. My total ribbon was 8.5 inches.
Step 3: Measure out the ribbon the same way as you do the ribbon. Half of the measurement of your neck, plus about 1 inch as overlap. In the end, I had one piece of ribbon that was 8.5 inches, and one piece of elastic that was 8.5 inches.
Step 4: Overlap the ribbon and the elastic by 1/2 an inch. Using a needle and thread, go back and forth hand sewing the two pieces together. TIP: If your ribbon is fraying, it’s best to sew along the edge of the fray to stop it from going any further. Then cut off any part that is fraying. The stitches you make when sewing should help stop the ribbon from fraying anymore.
Step 5: Repeat on the other side.
Here are a couple photos of me wearing this DIY as both a choker and a headband!