So easy, so bold.

So easy, so bold.

After recovering (barely) from hearing Solange’s album, A Seat at the Table, I decided that I deserve nice things. To honor the feelings that arose post-Seat, I came up with this super-simple DIY power choker, which will have you decorated like a present to yourself. This bold choker costs next to nothing and can be finished in no time flat. Now’s the time to show off your ribbon-tying skills and your favorite phrase!

What you’ll need:


  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Something to write with
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric (the measurement will vary, depending on the size of your neck)
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic paint
  • Needle and thread or a sewing machine
  • A printer (optional)

How to do it:

Step One


Measure the circumference and height of your neck with measuring tape, then draw a rectangle that is the same length and height on a piece of paper. Cut the rectangle out.

Step Two


Fold your fabric length-wise. Using straight pins, secure the pattern to the fabric. Cut around the pattern. Remove the pattern, and you’ll end up with twin cuts of fabric.

Step Three


Cut two pieces of ribbon in equal lengths—long enough to tie the choker behind your neck in a fun bow. Prioritize your ability to actually breathe while wearing this choker and cut longer, rather than shorter, just in case!

Step Four


Take the two pieces of fabric, then line them up on top of each other, “right” sides facing in. Stuff a ribbon between both pieces on each side, like I did above. You should have a ribbon sandwich! With a needle and thread or sewing machine, sew around the perimeter of the fabric. (Use the “start” and “stop” marks above as a guide.)

Step Five


Through the hole you left for yourself, turn the fabric right-sides out so you can see your masterpiece!

Step Six


Top stitch or hand stitch the hole shut.

Step Seven


Press your choker flat. Print out or draw a word or phrase that you connect with. I chose “Power,” inspired by Solange’s new album, obviously!

Step Eight


Paint your phrase and let it air dry!


Tie that ribbon in a pretty bow (loose enough for circulation to flow). You—and your choker—are ready to take on the world! ♦