Sunday, March 10, 2013

DIY Leather tassel key chain

All of my various leather projects leave me with odd small scraps. So, I'm always dreaming up new ways to use the small scraps. Today's DIY is perfect for a small left over piece of scrap leather. I'll show you how to turn it into a fringed tassel that can be either a key chain or a purse clip with a minimal of sewing. What you will need is:
  • scrap leather
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • craft glue, such as E600
  • clothes pin
  • either the ring for a keychain, or a purse clip (I opted for purse clip)

First, take your scrap leather and make sure at least one side is a long and straight line. Then cut the fringe on the side opposite of the straight side. When cutting the fringe, stop each cut about 1/2 in. away from the end of the leather. Make sure to cut a piece of leather about 1/4 in wide by 1-2 in. long for a tab. Take your tab piece and fold it in half, thread it through your metal hardware, and then sew the open ends with a stitch or two to the fringed piece of leather.

You should now have a piece of fringed leather with a loop tab and hardware at one corner. Now, take your glue and run a line of glue along the inside of the leather, in that 1/2 in. area above the fringe. Start rolling the leather on itself, starting with the corner that has the tab loop. This way the tab with the hardware will be in the center of the tassel. Roll it completely and use the clothes pin to hold the leather down until the glue sets. After the glue is set, remove the clothes pin and you are done! Have fun sporting your new key chain or clip!

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