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Washer Ribbon Necklace

Aren't these puppies adorable?
You know you want to make them, don't you?!!

You need three things...
  • Washers from Home Depot. And I warn you! You will get that "Damsel in Distress" look from the sales guy when he asks you what size you need and what you're using them for! I avoided answering. Pretty Sure Orange Aproned Men don't like to hear their department is a new hit with house wives across America for gathering jewelry supplies! I used 3/8th, 5 /16th and the next smallest size.
  • Ribbon! Any color your heart desires! I used 5/8" Satin. And when it comes to cutting a length follow this motto: "Longer is better! Longer is Better!"  I would cut at least 60". You'd be surprised how much ribbon is used in the weaving process!  You'll want plenty of slack on each end so you can tie it off in a bow!I found this out the hard way!
  • A Calm Zen Like mood! Trust me... you'll read, and stare at these photos and still wonder if you're doing it right! This one is a wee bit difficult to explain!

First you will want to lay out your washers.
I did two versions one that had a growing Pattern:
6 small
6 medium
6 large washers.

The next one I did:
4 small
5 medium
7 large
5 medium
4 small

Take your first washer and string it onto your ribbon like the photo illustrates.
Be sure to leave plenty of slack on the end.

You are going to go up the center of the first washer, over the top of the next and down its middle lacing the ribbon back through the center of the first washer.

Pull it tight and it should look like this.

Now we keep repeating the steps...

Take the ribbon up the center of washer on top, over the top of the next and down it's middle lacing the ribbon back through the center of the washer before it.

Can you see what I mean in the picture?

Here's a different angle.
Notice the ribbon and see if you can follow the pattern.

Keep following the steps until you finish your washer pattern.

Tighten the ribbon and tie off the first and last washer with its long ribbon.  Burn the ribbon edges to prevent fraying.

Once you get the hang of it they are pretty easy to make! I know it seems complicated! Just re read and study the photos! And feeling dumb is completely normal! I'm pretty used to the feeling so I just roll with it! There's nothing like conquering a tricky tutorial! I feel like I can do ANYTHING!!!!

Becca Dulgarian is one part wife, three parts mother and the rest is a mixed bag of genetic obligations, sass and reality! She can often be found knee deep in a project, thrift store shopping or wrestling kids down the aisles of Walmart! It's an adventure that's for sure!  Becca has been featured on Studio 5, KUTV Channel 2 News, KJZZ and on You can find her collection of sewing projects, craft ideas, recipes, photo tips and more on her creative blog

photo credit: Becca's own

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