Tutorial: Color-block Necklace


Here’s another necklace that I’ve had for some time, but have failed to share with you.

Two houses ago I was experimenting with leather and made this on a whim. It’s a huge statement piece that I don’t wear very often, but when I do it’s always fun.

Have you noticed how the color-blocked craze has hit the world? Everything is color blocked these days. Not sure I see this trend going anywhere any time soon. Here are some great DIY color-blocked and wrapped projects from around the web:

Color-Blocked Driftwood HangerColor Blocked Bangle • Antler Shed Coat Rack • Wrapped Antler Mobile • Wrapped Letters

Get started on the tutorial after the jump.

DIY Color-Blocked Bib Necklace


  • hammer
  • x-acto
  • hole punch
  • 20 inches leather cording (or a chain and jump rings)
  • embroidery floss
  • scissors
  • pattern
  • glue
  • tape
  • leather or felt

Tape your pattern piece to the leather and punch out the holes and cut out where on the necklace you want the color-blocking to occur. I didn’t want to wrap the entire thing, so I didn’t slit the entire thing. I just picked random spots.

Cut the pattern piece out of leather with sharp scissors

Gather your thread and start wrapping. Since I used one of the smaller pattern pieces, I ended up needing a sewing needle for this part. It makes the wrapping go a lot faster. Leave a bit of a tail and start wrapping. I alternated between wrapping one side and wrapping both. When wrapping both top and bottom pieces, I wrap in a figure 8 pattern. It stays a lot better.

Tack down ends with glue. You can do this either at the end or as you wrap the leather. I chose to do this at the end, just so I didn’t have glue all over the place.

Turn your piece over and make sure that no loose ends come out the back side.

Cut about 20 inches of leather cording, tie a knot on one end and thread through the first hole. Thread the cording back through the other hole from the back side.

tie a knot and trim the ends short. Put a dab of super glue in the middle of each knot for some added strength.

The download (below) has large medium and small templates. Pictured above is an XL (template not provided) and the medium.

Use chain and jump rings for a more polished look. Enjoy! Click the button below to download the patterns.

This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Melissa Esplin. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. Do not copy this post, publish more than 2 photos or outright steal this idea for commercial publications. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

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    1. Chelsea C. says:

      Such a great idea, girl!

    2. Very creative and looks amaze!

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    4. selina says:

      i. die.

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    7. Lucía says:

      I fall in love with this necklace. It’s awesome!! I like the bigger, XL necklace, and I wonder if you could tell me how centimeters does it measure? Thank you. All your DIY are really nice, congratulations. :)))

      Regards from Spain,

      I’m sorry for my English.

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