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DIY: Polka Dot Tassel Keyring with Esther Sandler

Sep 2, 2016

by Esther Sandler

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Togetherness Design showcases the creations of textile designer Esther Sandler. Combining her love of craft techniques with innovative design, Togetherness Design aims to inject a fun and playful look into your wardrobe and home. Each piece has been uniquely designed and lovingly made by hand, ensuring that no two pieces are the same!

If you are constantly struggling to find your keys this super easy DIY could be the one for you! The oversized tassel makes locating your keys in a bagful of belongings a breeze and the whole project only takes around 30 minutes to complete so it makes a great handmade gift. I discovered how simple making tassels were when I started making them for my own products on my Etsy store to add a fun point of difference to my purses. Now you too can learn the secret behind the art of tasseling.. Let’s begin!

 

You will need:

  • One piece of leather 16cm wide x 9cm high
  • Oil based paint marker
  • Water based paint market
  • 12cm piece of nylon rope
  • A large wooden bead
  • Metal keyring finding
  • General purpose glue – get the kind that dries clear
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

 

DIY: Leather Tassel Keyring

 

Method:

1) The first thing to do is to decorate your leather! I decided to use some gold leather and felt that white polka dots would offset the leather colour the best. Use your oil based paint market to randomly draw polka dots on the surface and leave until dry.

DIY: Leather Tassel Keyring

2) Turn the piece of leather over and rule a line 2cm down across the width of the leather. Using sharp scissors cut strips of the leather around 8mm wide making sure to stop cutting at the line. Try your best to cut the strips at an even width and end neatly at the line you drew earlier.

DIY: Leather Tassel Keyring

3) Add a generous amount of glue to the 2cm wide strip of leather and stick down the nylon cord to the top of the leather piece to create a loop.

DIY: Leather Tassel Keyring

4) Next roll the tassel up, applying pressure to the top part as you roll. You may need to add a little bit more glue at the end to make sure the leather doesn’t unwind. Hold the tassel tightly in your hand for around a minute as it begins drying and then leave to dry with the seam facing down.

DIY: Leather Tassel Keyring

5) I decided to add a fun contrasting element to my tassel by drawing mini fluro pink dots with my water based paint marker on a dark green wooden bead. I found sticking my pencil into the bead created a sturdy holder that I used to gain more control when drawing my mini polka dots.

DIY: Leather Tassel Keyring

6) Once the tassel is dry you can thread your bead onto the nylon cord. Add a bit of glue to the nylon cord where the bead will sit and push the bead on top of this when you thread it on – this will help the bead stay in place! Lastly add you keyring finding and that’s it, you are done!

DIY: Leather Tassel Keyring

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