DIY: How to Make a Leather Tassel in 10 Steps

Posted by ANDREA PASCUAL on

I add handmade leather tassels to my leather goods to elevate my pieces. They can be used as bag charms, and they can also be attached to keychains. Leather tassels are charming and add personality.

Lately, I've been making them in monochromatic leathersblack and white in patent and perforated leather textures.

This DIY tutorial teaches you how to make your own leather tassels.

You will need: 
Leather rectangle - 18” X 5”
Leather strip - 1/8” X 10”
Leather accent piece - 1.5” X 4”
Ruler
Cutting Mat
Knife or Scissors
Pen or Marker
Glue (I use water-based leather glue from Seymour Leather)
Optional: Needle, Thread, Awl 

Photo of leather pieces, ruler, pen, knife on cutting mat


1) On the back of the rectangle, draw a horizontal line across the entire piece of leather, 1.5” from the top. 

Photo of leather piece on cutting mat

 

2) From the horizontal line, draw diagonal lines spaced 1/8” apart.

Leather piece on cutting mat

 

3) Using a knife or scissors, cut all the diagonal lines from the horizontal line to the bottom of the leather.

Cut leather piece with X-acto knife on cutting mat

 

4) Add glue to one tip of the leather strip. Press the two tips of the leather strip together. Leather pieces glued together sitting on cutting mat

 

5) Make a small mark 1” down from the top of the leather, close to the top right edge of the rectangle. Place glue on the top right corner of the leather, covering this mark.

Leather pieces with glue sitting on cutting mat

 

6) Place the tips of the leather strip on the glued area in the top right corner of the leather.

Leather pieces glued together. Leather pieces sit on cutting mat.

 

7) Roll the glued leather over the leather strip.

Glued leather pieces sitting on cutting mat.

 

8) ***OPTIONAL: I like to sew the leather strip onto the tassel itself so I know it’s secure. To do this, start by marking 3 diagonal holes with the awl. Take a knotted, threaded, needle and pass it up from the back of the first hole. Pass the needle down into the second hole. Come up through the third hole. Go down into the second hole. Come up through the first hole. Pass down into the second hole. Knot and trim.

Leather pieces sewn together placed on cutting mat

 

9) Apply glue to the leather above the horizontal line. Roll and press together. Continue until the entire tassel is rolled.

Glue leather pieces sitting on cutting mat

Leather tassel top on cutting mat 

10) Apply glue to the back of the accent leather. Roll the top of the tassel onto the accent leather and press hard.

Leather piece with glue on cutting mat

Leather tassel and leather piece with glue

 

And…you’re done!

Leather tassel in black leather

Comment below, and let me know how your tassels turned out!

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