Ever since I saw Des’s post on Hermes inspired tassel key chains a while ago, I was determined to give her method a try. First, I had to venture into an op-shop (translation for American friends: thrift shop. I learned this fun term from my New Zealand bloggie friends :) ) to search out some leather pants to convert. I was truly hoping for some exciting colors, like Hermes uses, but I only found neutral colors. I did luck out and find two separate pairs – one in black, one in brown. They cost me $14 total, which is quite cheap, considering a real Hermes keyring sells for £120 (almost $180!).
My brother had a whole length of key rings I could use, so I didn’t have to buy those and my glue gun has been a staple of my crafting kit for a while.
The only change I made to Des’s method was to cut my fringe narrower. My fringe measures only about 1/8 – 1/4 inch wide. I didn’t actually measure each one – years of sewing has made me pretty good at judging measurements. :)
Here’s my take on Des’s idea:
After trying this first one and seeing how easy it was to put together, I decided to make lots more. I kept looking at the top band and feeling that it needed something to dress it up, so I added a matching leather bow. The bow is very simple: just a rectangle of leather, scrunched at the middle, with another leather piece wrapped around the center to hold it together. The center part is made by cutting a long rectangle, about 2 by 4 inches. Fold in both the long sides 1/4 of an inch and glue down. Then, fold the whole piece down the center along the long edge to create a long strip of edgeless leather goodness.
I even started improvising on the theme and making pom poms instead of tassels. In a way, I think I like the pom poms better.
Well, that’s my latest crafty adventure. Let me know what you think. Comments and suggestions are always appreciated! :)