DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateHappy Friday! Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I think I’ll be playing catch-up after spending last weekend in San Diego. 

Today, I’m really excited to share another jewelry tutorial for this really fun (and easy) necklace to make. I mean, who doesn’t love playing with leather? I had to buy a pretty large piece and only needed a tiny portion for this project, so I’ll be dreaming up some other leather ideas in the coming weeks. 

As you can see from the photos, I used a different color pin than the chain and jump rings, and that was on purpose because I thought it would blend in better with the leather. Looking back at it now, I would have used all the same color metal though. Also consider how the colors of the leather and chain will coordinate together when choosing your supplies. 

This is an easy tutorial to follow with some basic supplies, and even thought I specify a sewing machine, you could absolutely hand sew it if you want. In fact, hand sewing it might even ensure that you have a straighter line. 

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateDIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes

Supplies:

  • Leather scraps
  • Necklace chain
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 pin
  • Scissors 
  • Sewing machine + thread
  • Round nose pliers

First measure your necklace chain. I set this DIY up so that there would not be a necklace clasp because of the length of the necklace. If you choose to make a shorter necklace, you will want to adjust these instructions and add a clasp. To measure your necklace chain, place it around your neck with one end of the chain in each hand, and decide how long you want it to be – it should be long enough to fit over your head without a clasp. Cut the chain to your desired length (about 2 1/2 feet for me).

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateUsing the round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the pin. Then attach the jump rings to the ends of the chain and to the ends of the pin. 

Cut a piece of leather about 3 x 1.5 inches. When folded over the pin, it should fit perfectly between each end ring. Fold in half along the shorter side and cut the corners into a triangle shape (like the above photo). Fold the leather over the pin and adjust it so that both sides line up. 

With your sewing machine, carefully sew a straight line across the leather as close to the pin as possible. No need to backstitch. Trim the excess thread. 

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateThen use your scissors to cut fringe up the leather, about 2-3 centimeters apart. Once you’re satisfied with the fringe the necklace is complete!

Happy crafting!

DIY Easy Leather Zipper Pouch

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First and foremost, I’d like to thank my mom for helping me sew today’s project. Sewing is not my strongest skill, and I’m still learning the basics. For me, planning out the proper steps to take is the most difficult part and I tend to make a lot of mistakes. I can’t even tell you how many projects I’ve had to scrap because I messed something up too many times, so I should thank my mom for not letting me scrap this one when I accidentally sewed two pieces together the wrong way. Sewing takes a lot of practice. You can’t just sit down and do it right the first time (or if you can, teach me!) and that’s totally fine. 

DIY Leather Zipper Pouch | Revamperate
Today’s sewing tutorial for this cute color blocked leather zipper pouch took me much longer than I anticipated because I messed up at least twice and my mom had to tear my seams out. What else did I do wrong? My seam around my zipper came apart several times because I sewed too close to the edge. I also melted a portion of the “leather” when I tried to iron a seam down because, as it turns out, plastic leather melts. Oops. My point is you can’t get it right every time, and when you’re testing out something new you’ll probably make mistakes. It doesn’t mean you should give up. Start small and tear out a few seams and start over. You’ll get it! 

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Time: 30 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Half yard of faux leather
  • Half yard of complimenting heavy fabric
  • 7-inch “fashion” zipper (I used gold and black to match but stand out)
  • Complimenting thread 
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter or scissors 

DIY Leather Zipper Pouch | Revamperate
First, cut your fabric. You need two pieces of patterned fabric 8 in x 4 and one piece of leather 8 in x 6 in to make the outside. For the lining, cut one piece of patterned fabric about 8 in x 12 in (not pictured). 

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Pin the right side of your patterned fabric to the zipper (long side) so that when your zipper is facing up, your fabric is pinned to the opposite side. Check before you sew! Once it’s pinned, if you were to sew a seam along the zipper to secure the fabric and you fold over the fabric to hide the seam, it should show the patterned side of the fabric and hide the seam. Pin the other piece of patterned fabric to the opposite side of the zipper. Then sew as close to the zipper as you can and iron your seams. When you unfold it, it should look like this: 

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You should have one long piece with the zipper in the middle. Leave face up and place the leather on top, right sides facing together and line up one end of the fabrics and pin. Then pin the other end to end of the fabric. Note, once pinned, it won’t lay flat. Sew each seam. Now you should have a hammock-looking piece with a zipper in the middle. 

Trim excess strings and open the zipper at least halfway. While still inside out, sew down each side to close them off, sewing as close to the zipper as you can. Trim strings and turn the pouch right-side out through the open zipper. Set aside.

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To make the lining, lay out the fabric, right side facing down. On each shorter end, fold over a 1/2 inch seam and iron flat. Fold in half, right sides facing together and sew each side, stopping before you reach your ironed seam. Trim threads and stick the lining inside of the pouch. When inserted, you’ll see the right side of the fabric. Pin the top seams to the zipper on each side and sew down as close to the zipper as you can.

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Lastly, use a needle and thread to hand sew any areas you could not reach with your sewing machine. For example, I hand sewed the corners of my lining to the zipper because my my sewing machine could not reach the corners with the zipper in the way. 

Ta-da! You should have a fully functional leather zipper pouch now that is both fashionable and versatile. Use for your makeup or for carrying around when you go out. Happy crafting!