How to Make Your Own Leather Tassels

We’re crazy about the long-lasting tassel trend! Look around—you’re bound to notice stylish shoulder bags, shoes, and, of course, jewelry trimmed with tassels. Leather tassels can be used to add a decorative or bohemian-inspired flair to your goods. If you love the retro look of fringed handbags and vests, then you can bring this same fun flair to all your apparel and accessories with homemade tassels! You can also craft leather tassel keychains and charms to style this sweet finishing touch on its own.

Interweave is your one-stop shop for all things tassel-making. First we covered how to make chain tassels, then embroidery tassels, and now we’ll show you how to make tassels crafted from leather. We’ve also covered how to make beaded tassels using seed beads. No matter your personal style or application, you can make a decorative tassel that will bring some style and decadence to your next big project.

What You Need

  • A scrap of leather (classic brown or a bright color, depending on your preferences)
  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • Craft glue

How to Make Leather Tassels

Create stylish leather tassels to further embellish your jewelry. All it takes is a few craft supplies you’ve got laying around the house and a piece of scrap leather. Here’s what’s next…

  1. Cut a rectangular piece of leather about 1 3/4 x 1 5⁄8″, then cut a thin strip of leather for the loop. Use a pen to draw a line on the back side of the leather rectangle, about 3⁄8″ from the top edge.leather tassels, tassels, make your own tassels, DIY tassels for jewelry making
  2. Using very sharp scissors, cut thin fringes into the leather rectangle, stopping at the line.leather tassels, tassels, make your own tassels, DIY tassels for jewelry making
  3. Place a small dab of glue in the upper-right corner on the back side of the leather rectangle. Place one end of the leather strip on the glue and press down.leather tassels, tassels, make your own tassels, DIY tassels for jewelry making
  4. Add a dab of glue on top of the thin strip; fold the strip over and press down, creating a loop.leather tassels, tassels, make your own tassels, DIY tassels for jewelry making
  5. Apply a thin line of glue along the edge of the leather above the fringes. Tightly roll the leather, then wipe off any excess glue that has seeped out. Let dry.leather tassels, tassels, make your own tassels, DIY tassels for jewelry making

Previously published in the pages of Jewelry Stringing magazine

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