On any given day, how many “oh, I could make that” moments do you have? I probably average 2.2 “I could make that moments” a day. They usually happen when I’m shopping in an overpriced store where they are shilling bookends for $365. In those moments, a curse word or two may slip off my tongue for the highway robbery that is happening. Then my mind starts turning with ways to make the same thing …on the cheap.
Such is the case with these leather tassels. I saw them on sale…for way to much money and went on a rampage to DIY them. These two-tiered tassels are a showstopper and so easy to make. You can hit up my favorite leather shop PeggySueAlso to snag your favorite colors. From there the making is easy.
What you need:
- Two 8×10 pieces of leather
- Leather Cement
- A cutting mat (I love this one)
- a rotary cutter like this one
- a pair of sharp scissors (I recommend these because they cut through non-paper materials really well!)
- Use the rotary cutter and cutting mat to trim one piece of leather to 4″ x 10″ (using the magnetic ruler and mat comes in super handy for this!)
- On the back of the leather, draw a line 1″ from the side
- Now use the ruler to draw lines 1/8″ apart
- Use those lines to help cut the fringe, Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you won’t need the lines and you can freehand it.
- Place the ruler 1/8″ from the side and use rotary cutter
- This will create a long thin strip of leather for the loop of your tassel
- Use the stapler to staple the loop into place
- Run a thin bead of glue as shown – but do not go all the way to the end of the leather piece
- Begin rolling tightly- as you roll, the glue will be pushed along and you won’t need to add glue toward the end
- Cut another strip of leather that is 2.5″ x 10″
- Repeat steps to create fringe
- Apply glue to the leather and wrap around the large tassel
Tune in tomorrow for another take on tassels. In the meantime, gather up some leather because I think you need to start making some tassels.