DIY: Leather Tassle Key Fob/Bag Charm

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Today is a teeny bit momentous. My first post from my new home. I finally completed my migration from Blogger to this here self hosted WordPress site. What do you think of the new pad? I’m still tweaking. (Please let me know if you see anything amiss!)  Lord knows it is not as straightforward as I’d hoped BUT it is doable and so far the pros are far outweighing the cons. (If there’s an appetite for it I thought I might do a post to explain the process and share the resources I found useful. What d’ya think?) With the last couple of weeks being a blur of html, file transfers, 301 redirects and  a few headaches, I’ve been itching to get back to some DIY therapy. So today I thought I’d kick off with a quick and satisfying DIY. This leather key fob/bag charm…

You’ll Need:

Approx 12m of leather lace. (Mine is from Endless Leather)

1.2″ Diameter Split Ring with Lobster Clasp (I got this one and removed the bits I didn’t need)

Side cutters (or Scissors)

Leather Needle (or one with a wide enough eye to fit your leather through)

LEATHER TASSLE - MATERIALS

Set a 30″ length of leather aside. Then establish how long you want each strip of leather to be by cutting a strip and testing it out in your keyring. Once you’re happy, measure the length…

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 1

Find a book (or similar) who’s circumference is roughly double the length that you want and wrap the remainder of the leather repeatedly and snugly around it…

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 2

Cut the loops at either end and you’ll have a whole batch of leather pieces approximately the length you want them…

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 3

Gather them all together (I used approx 40 x 12″ lengths)…

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 4

…and thread through the split ring…

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 5

…with the split ring in the middle or your strips of leather, fold them in half. Enclosing the split ring in the fold. Grab the 30″ length you set aside and tie a slip knot. Leave a short tail end that is the same length as your folded tassle.

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 6

Slip the loop of your slip knot over the top of your tassle and slide it snugly closed like so, with the short tail pointing downwards towards the end of the tassle.

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 7

Then take the long tail and wrap it tightly around the neck of your tassle covering the slip knot as you go. When you have all but run out of tail, thread the end into a needle and pass it through/behind the wrapped part. Pull tightly to secure.

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 8

Bunch the end of your tassle together and trim the ends to even them out..

LEATHER TASSLE - STEP 9

Aaaaand you’re done!

LEATHER TASSLE 1

 

LEATHER TASSLE 2

 

LEATHER TASSLE 3

Your leather tassle is ready for some keys…or simply to add a pop of colour to a leather bag …

LEATHER TASSLE 4

 

Have a great day! And don’t forget to let me know of any little gremlins you find in the new site! I would sooooo appreciate your eagle eyes on this! If you’re interested in finding out about the Blogger to WordPress migration, perhaps you’re considering the move yourself but you’re not sure, then let me know, and I’ll put a summary post together so you can see what it involves!

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14 Comments

  1. Yankee Burrow February 16, 2015

    oh, please do a post on how you switched. I’ve thought of switching, but I hate new computer thingys. lol

    Debbi

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    • portia February 16, 2015

      Well that’s one vote logged Debi! 🙂

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  2. Nicoletta February 16, 2015

    Love your new home! Clean simple, like your projects. Good luck for the new start

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    • portia February 16, 2015

      Thankyou Nicolleta 🙂 Have to say am loving WordPress so far and wondering why I didn’t do it sooner! Px

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  3. JJ February 17, 2015

    Vote #2 for hearing more about your move. :o)

    Loooooove the tassel! You couldn’t have picked a better color!!!!!

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    • portia February 17, 2015

      Thanks you! That colour is a bit delicious isn’t it! Vote logged and recorded

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  4. elena magnoni February 23, 2015

    Hi, i try to speak in english. I follow your blog and i have never found the capacity to write under the post because my english in terrible. But today i want to try to say: thanks. Thanks for your passion, your idea and the will to share with us. Thanks

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    • portia February 23, 2015

      Elena! That’s beautiful! Thank you so much, that has made my day 🙂 Px

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  5. Kendra March 10, 2015

    Love the look of your blog! And thank you for sharing this awesome tutorial. I can’t wait to try this.

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    • portia March 10, 2015

      Why thank you Kendra! My 6 year old has “stolen” mine, lol! So I shall have to make another! Glad you like it 🙂 Px

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  6. Rania May 1, 2015

    That’s neat and easy idea to get your pieces accessorised. Thanks for sharing! Please come by the-wardrobe-stylist.com to check out some of my posts and follow me on Bloglovin 🙂

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  7. Margaret September 28, 2015

    These are such fun and easy to make! I’m making them as gifts for my YaYa’s who I will see in about 10 days for our 55th HS Reunion and our annual get-together. We’ve known each other for over 70 years! I also added a pewter Guardian bell for good luck to it since we are all getting up in age and are facing medical issues. Thanks so much for putting this on Pinterest, Portia!!

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  8. Laura K May 17, 2016

    Just found your site and love love it!! Clean clear and concise information and patterns!! Lovely!!

    I would enjoy hearing your switch over process as well…I am trying to get up nerve to start a blog and just haven’t convinced myself I can manage the admin plus the content…

    Great job! Looking forward to more!!
    Gogirl99

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    • Portia Lawrie May 18, 2016

      Ah, thanks so much Laura! You’ve just reminded me I never did do that post, and I really must at some point!

      Reply

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