I'm not sure about you, but I get attached to wallets. The most recent wallet I loved was a blue small wallet I had picked up at a thrift store in Belgium about 7 years ago. I used it everyday. Until it eventually got to the point where it would no longer hold my money or cards, and the clasp struggled to stay closed. But I couldn't let it go. The leather was perfectly malleable and soft, and so familiar. When it came time to replace it, I googled the worn out brand "Princess Gardner" and discovered it was an old brand who used to make wallets in the 1950/60's in the US. There were quite a few on Ebay so I managed to replace my old worn wallet with another much to my delight.
However I was left with an old wallet that I couldn't bring myself to throw away so it's been sitting in a drawer. Flash forward 7 months, and I came across my old wallet last week, and knew I had to do something with it. The next question was what to make with the small amount of leather you could get from a cut up wallet. A leather tassel turned out to be the perfect solution. These are such versatile accessories which can be used as a keychain, a bag chain or you could even make two small tassels for earrings.
- Hot glue gun
- Leather (roughly 9 x 18 cms / 3.5 x 7 inches)
- Bling if desired
I used the keyring off an ugly key ring which came on a bag I found at the opshop! And for bling I had an odd earring I had been hoarding for way too long. I didn't take any photos of the process so hopefully my instructions are clear, otherwise other people have much better instructions than I :).
1. If using an old wallet, you'll want to pull it apart and separate all the pieces including stripping out the lining. Keep the flap piece to use as extra leather to connect the tassel to the keyring.
2. Once you have your piece of leather, measure 2 cms from the top and draw a line. Start cutting long strips from the other side, I cut each piece about 4mm wide. Stop at the line you drew (this is going to be where you roll the tassel).
3. Take your short strip of leather, and fold it over the ring securing with hot glue (if adding attach your bling at this point).
4. Now place the short bit of leather at the top of the large piece and secure with hot glue then roll your leather and use hot glue at each roll until you get to the end.
5. Wait until the glue dries and your tassel is now complete!