A leather tassel is a great way to add a bit of personality to your everyday items. Adding a tassel to a zipper pull on a bag or as a key fob elevates the looks of the items with just a few simple supplies. You can make this with leather lacing or from leftover leather scraps from past projects.
Leather Lacing or thin cut leather – in one color or several depending on how you want it to look
Hand Sewing Needle
Split Ring (key ring) or other item used to attach the tassel to another item
Determine the length of the tassel by looping some leather lacing through the center of the split ring. Lengthen or shorten the tassel until it looks good to you and trim the lacing to the length you like. Cut a few pieces of lacing to the same length.
Cut a long piece of sewing thread and attach it with a square knot to the leather lacing.
Loop the lacing through the center of the split ring. Align the ends of the leather lacing so the tassel will be balanced. Using the thread, secure the lacing to itself close to the split ring. A figure 8 around and through the lacing works well.
Add another piece of lacing and use the thread to secure the lacing with a figure 8 pattern around the new piece and the older piece.
Continue adding pieces of lacing in the same way.
Continue adding pieces until you are happy with the say the tassel looks. Stack pieces on top of each other to add bulk to the tassel if you desire. This tassel is 2 pieces of lacing thick. End your thread with a square knot.
Finish the tassel by adding a wrap of lacing around the area showing the sewing thread. This can be a contrast color like I used or the the same lacing as the tassel. It’s up to you!
Apply barge cement to the back of the lacing using a toothpick or brush. Wrap the lacing around the tassel until you are happy with how it looks.
Trim the end of the wrapped lacing. Make sure the barge cement runs to the cut end of the lacing. Apply pressure to the wrapped lacing and hold in place for a few moments while the barge cement sets.
And that’s it! The leather tassel can be short, long, light, heavy, a variety or colors, or one. It is up to you but this technique will work for many different styles. I liked that the ends of the tassel varied in length slightly from being lapped over each other but they could be easily trimmed to the same length if that is the look you like. I made this to be a key fob but tassels like this could be added to bags, jackets, shoes, or anything!