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Making a Leather Tassel (Video Tutorial)

Updated: Jan 24

Leather tassels are a great way to add a pop of color and a bit of pizzazz to a bag. I like to make small tassels to add on the zipper pull of my handbags and zipper pouches. There is just something special about a cute little tassel, right?! So, if you haven't already made one before, you might just be surprised at just how easy they are to make - and how quickly they come together. These take less than 10 minutes to make (see the video below showing one method I use for making tassels with a swivel clasp attached).

So, let's get started! Here is a list of what you will need...

Materials, Supplies, and Tools

  • Lightweight Leather 2.5-3 oz (e.g., lambskin, goat skin, upholstery weight, etc.)

  • Rotary Cutter and Ruler

  • Glue or Double-Sided Tape (if omitting the rivet, use glue that permanently bonds leather)

  • Leather Hole Punch (punch hole the appropriate size for the rivets being used)

  • Rivet Setter

  • 1/2" Swivel Clasp

  • Mallet (not needed if using a rivet press and rotary rivet hole punch)

*NOTE: The dimensions of the leather used for the tassel can vary based on preference. In this video, I cut the main rectangle to approximately 5"W x 4"H. For the connector tab, I cut a small ½”W x 1 ¾” rectangle from the same leather.

Not sure about which leather you should purchase for tasels, or looking for a variety of colors? Try the "Tassel Cuts" scrap pack on our website (click here to view). These scrap packs include small cuts of lightweight leather that are great for making tassels. Each pack comes with five pieces in a variety of colors. Are you looking for a specific color, but not wanting to purchase an entire skin from a leather shop? Consider one of our "Extra-Lightweight Leather Trim Packs" (click here to view). With this listing, you can purchase a cut of lightweight leather in the color of your choice (we have lots of options to choose from).

Have questions? We are a message away! Head to our homepage and fill in the "Contact Us" form and we will do our best to help. Happy sewing!

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