Leather Tassels | leather tassels

leather tassels

Tassels swish and swing and add a bit of flair. Who can resist a tassel? Bag charms are having a moment right now so I wanted to see how I could make my own tassel version.

Here’s what you’ll need and how to make them:

  • leather scraps (mine come from a fabric store and cost 50 cents each)
  • cutting matt
  • xacto blade or box cutter
  • metal or metal edge ruler
  • hot glue or super glue
  • a key ring or a ball chain section

leather tassel making

Cut out a straight-edged rectangle of leather and lay it out on the cutting matt. Either measure or freehand cut strips as parallel and as straight as possible along the whole length of the leather leaving 1/4 to 1/2 an inch at the top.

Turning it over to the back side glue a thin strip of the leather in a loop to one end with the hot glue. Then lay a bead of hot glue along the upper edge and roll the leather tightly making sure to align the top edge.

rolling tassels

Attach a  short piece of ball chain to the leather loop and it is ready to adorn any bag or zipper. The beauty of something like this is when you get bored you can simply swap it out or remove it.

tassel tops

In the photo above you can see the tops of the grey and white shorter tassels and how they are rolled. In this version the leather loop is much longer so it didn’t need the chain,  just use the loop to attach to a bag or tote.

tassel key chain

The photo above is of a more masculine tassel which has an attached key ring from a freebie give-away. Another piece of leather was cut and glued on inside-out as an added trim.  These would make fantastic and easy stocking stuffers.

tassel top

 

 

Felted acorns for good luck | acorn

Do you have a good luck charm? I kind of do… I wear a pewter acorn as a pendant and it is one of my favourite things.

From the little acorn grows a mighty oak, so I thought it was appropriate to start my first post with an acorn.

So you carry around a lucky penny, have a lucky number, or a day of the week. What does it do for you? You walk a little taller, have a more positive attitude when you see it and have a general feeling things are going your way. It makes sense your day will be better… so obviously good luck charms work. Just sayin.

My good luck charm is an acorn, really any acorn and the more the merrier (or luckier). My oak tree has once again produced acorns this year after a year of none, not a one, so I’m going to fight off the squirrels and take advantage of the bumper crop to make something.

Finished acorns

These sweet little felted acorns are dead easy to make even if you have few needle skills.  I started with raw wool I got a few years ago at Lismore Farms in Nova Scotia.

Raw wool for acorn

 

I used a needle felting method which starts with a piece of raw wool gathered roughly together in a loose ball. The needle is barbed so that as it is poked into the raw wool it felts and makes it more dense.

Acorn under way

The resulting felted ball was glued into the real acorn caps I had gathered from my front yard. I love the resulting little acorns, I can see them scattered on a fall harvest table or strung on twine to make a garland.

Finished acorn