How to Make Bedazzled Blood-Drip Accessories

Created By:

Janelle Marie

Skill Level: Intermediate

Happy Halloween! This is my absolute FAVORITE holiday of the year because it feels like everyone is being their most creative and fanciful selves. Costumes play a huge role in really letting your “spirit” free, and I'd like to show you how to make a classic spooky season accessory, a blood drip necklace. Let's get started!

Janome Supplies Required

What you need:

-Plastic wrap

-Masking tape

-A marker

-A pen or fine point marker for tracing

-Scissors (for fabric and masking tape/plastic wrap)

-Paper for patterning

-Red fabric (outer layer)

-Canvas (or other heavy weight fabric)


-Needle and red thread

-Sewing machine

-A small amount of poly fill

-Red ribbon

-Red gems

-Gem tac or similar glue



-Mannequin for patterning

-Chopstick or other turning tool

-Small hemostat or other tool to help stuff

-Red beads



  1. Begin by wrapping the neck and upper chest with plastic wrap. Cover the area the necklace design will touch with masking tape keeping everything flat and smooth. Its easier to use many small pieces of tape than a few long ones. You can also do this on a (willing) person if you do not have a mannequin.

  2. Draw on your blood drip design with your marker starting with a ring around the neck that all of the drips will come from. Use reference images if you have them! Make sure there are no sections less than ½” wide or else it will make things more difficult later. Mark the center back and center front with your marker.

  1. Cut the design off of the mannequin by cutting straight through your center back mark. This will be where your closure is! Cut out design fully from the excess masking tape and plastic wrap.

  2. Lay the cut-out design flat onto a piece of paper, holding in place with small bits of masking tape. Trace design and if any portion is less than ½” wide, widen. The channel will be too narrow to turn otherwise. Cut out your design. This is your pattern! Measure its height and width when laid flat. Set aside.

  1. Lay out your fabrics and cut two pieces from each of your red outer fabric and canvas fabric matching your pattern measurements plus 2”. Stack them with one piece canvas at the bottom, two pieces of red outer fabric in the middle (good sides facing each other) and one piece canvas on top. Pin corners to hold in place.

  2. Trace your pattern onto the top piece of canvas making sure the lines are clear. Pin all around your drawn design. The more the better as you do not want your fabrics to shift while sewing.

  1. Take your pinned fabric stack to your machine and sew along the traced design, leaving BOTH of the ends at the back center open. I shortened my stitch setting to make the tight curves easier. Once sewn, cut away the excess fabric, leaving about ¼” or less of fabric at the edges. Clip your curves and turn right sides out. I find pushing a chopstick all the way through helpful in opening up the channel.

  1. If your outer fabric is iron-friendly, press your turned piece nice and crisp. If you like the flat look, you may move onto step 10, otherwise it's time to stuff! Take a small amount of stuffing (I use my hemostats for this) and push it into one of the openings, directing it into the tip of the center front drip. You really do not need to fill the whole piece, a little at the bottom of each drip goes a long way! Repeat for remaining drips, using both open ends to access every drip.

  1. Take your ribbon and cut two 8” lengths. Tie one large knot as close to the end in each ribbon. Push the raw edges of the unsewn end of one of your blood drips back into the body and insert the knotted end of one ribbon. Use your needle and thread to firmly ladder stitch the end closed, being sure to pass your needle THROUGH the ribbon at least once. Repeat for the other side.

  1. All that is left is to bedazzle with rhinestones! I like to put a dab of Gem Tac onto a post-it and use the head of a pin to apply it to my project. Place your Gem Tac where you would like your rhinestones to be and bedazzle away! Do 4-6 at a time so the glue doesn't dry out. Let dry for 24 hrs and go haunt the night!


This tutorial can also be used to make bracelets, add-ons for clothing, wine bottle collars, and just about anything else! Let your imagination run wild. Try using different colored fabrics, like green for slime! I hope you have found this helpful and I look forward to seeing all you create.

Happy Halloween! 


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