Sometimes the simplest projects surprise me with their beauty. I was looking for a something to add a little flavor to my classic black tote bag and decided a tassel would be perfect. Little did I know how drop dead gorgeous these would turn out with the “rose gold hardware”… which is actually a copper pipe coupling from the plumbing section of the hardware store!
While you could certainly cut your own fringe from scraps of leather, I took the lazy (wo)man’s option and purchased some pre-made fringe. The length of fringe I bought was enough to make 7 large tassels or 12 smaller tassels, bringing these to under $3 each including the copper hardware. Trust the accessory snob when I say, these do not look like a $3 accessory! Whip one up for each of your besties as a totally badass Galentine’s Day gift. Besties, you’re welcome.
DIY Leather Bag Tassel:
- Leather fringe
- scrap leather or cord in matching color
- Copper pipe coupling (I used 3/8″ and 1/2″ – polish them with ketchup)
- Rubber cement
- Leather needles + thread (optional)
Cut a thin strip of leather from your scrap leather. Glue one end down to form a loop. I reinforced mine with a few stitches, but this is optional as long as your glue is strong.
Do a test roll of your fringe to determine how much you will use for your tassel. I used approximately 3″ for the 3/8″ coupling, and 5″ for the 1/2″ coupling (this will vary on the thickness of your fringe, but you want it to fit pretty snug). Once you’ve got your measurement cut to size.
Lay the fringe face down, then glue the non looped end of your leather strip down at the edge of your fringe.
Apply more glue as you roll up your fringe to form the tassel.
Slide your copper coupling down onto the tassel, then add a tiny drop of glue inside to secure.
Use the loop to attach it to the handle of your bag, your keychain, or on anything else in need of a pretty little tassel!
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