After making the leather flowers I featured in a post a couple of weeks ago, here is another DIY project to use up even smaller scraps of leather- tassels! The tassels can be made to any size, from teeny-tiny to big and chunky, and you can use any type or texture of leather and/or suede, making it an excellent stash-busting, thrifty project.
MATERIALS- You only need:
- Sharp scissors
Choose your leather, and cut strips of the length and width that you fancy. The more strips, the thicker the finished tassel will be. To save time when glueing, several strips may be left joined together (like a short length of fringe)- if you are making a single-coloured tassel, then you can leave the strips joined at the top (like one long strip of fringe), and just roll it up to form the body of the tassel.
As I was using scraps of suede (and in different colours), I wasn’t able to cut my strips as one long fringe: this does, however, enable you to mix the colours up how you want when assembling the tassel.
You also need one long strip of leather to form a loop, so that you can hang up your finished tassel (all the better to admire it of course!).
The loop forms the centre of the tassel, around which you start to glue the strips or fringing. If making a multi-coloured tassel, then this is where you get to choose which colours go where.
Working from the centre outwards, keep adding strips/fringe until either you have run out of pieces of leather/suede, or the tassel has reached the size that you want.
To create a neat finish, cut out a small rectangle of leather and glue it around the top of the tassel. At this point you may want to trim the bottom of the tassel so that the fringing is all the same length (or you can leave it a bit uneven if you fancy a softer look).
And there you have it, one finished tassel! Depending on the size, these tassels can be used to make jewellery, to embelish clothing, as an interior decoration, or even to decorate a present for a friend.
I quite fancy making a huge chunky one now…