I’ve had “Some kind of big frilly collar” on my craft list for ages but I never could think of the right design for it. I had a left over string of pearls from another project and they finally gave me the idea for this tulle version!
You will need very long strips of tulle. I used around 1.5m of it but honestly, the more the better because the frills will be more impressive.
Fold it in half length-wise and then fold the crease so it sits around 1/3rd of the way in. You can see what I mean below:
Thread your needle and tie it securely to one end of the tulle at the folded edge. Start a very small running stitch from there to the other end. Gather it as you go by pulling tightly to create the ruffle.
You should have something along the lines of this when you reach the other end:
Decide how long it needs to be to go around your neck and then tie off the thread. Measure out some ribbon which is as long as the gathered tulle but also has enough on either end to tie into a bow. This is how we will tie the collar on.
Stitch the ribbon to the tulle around 5mm from the folded edge.
Once you go all the way around it, you will end up with something like this:
You won’t be seeing this side so it doesn’t matter how neat you are.
Now cut a length of pearls which is as long as the tulle. I’m using pre-strung pearls but you could just sew them on individually.
Sew the pearls on to the non-ribbon side of the tulle.
I find it easiest to get them perfectly even by putting one stitch between each pearl.
Now just find a cute shirt with a round neckline and tie it on!
Looking good! You can use the same technique with just about any fabric for a variety of collars. You could even cut the tulle into a Peter Pan collar shape for another version!
Hope you found it useful and let me know if you give it a try 😀