Tassels and fringe are working their way into every form of accessory these days, and I’m not mad about it. Handbags, jewelry, clothing. You name it. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own faux-leather tassel keychains! (I said that in my best Martha Stewart voice. Did you hear it?) These only take about 10-15 minutes to make, even for those of you who hate crafts. You know who you are! But I dare you to stop rolling your eyes for a moment and try this one out. So cute. So easy.
Things you’ll need:
- ¼ yard of faux leather fabric in the color of your choice. You’ll have enough fabric to make TONS.
- Keyrings. I scooped up a multicolor pack from JoAnn Fabrics. That rose gold caught my eye!
- Superglue. And maybe mineral spirits, if you have my knack for gluing together your phalanges.
- Fabric scissors. Sorry mine aren’t cute and gold. I tried, but $20 for scissors? Guys, I’m DIYing my own keychain because I don’t even want to buy the real thing. Not paying for gold scissors.
- Measuring tape or a ruler.
- Bulldog clips. Fruity pattern optional, but highly recommended.
Then the steps:
- Measure out 3 inches of fabric and cut. If you bought ¼ yard of fabric, you don’t need to trim the length. It should be about 9” long, but you can trim it shorter at the end if you want a smaller tassel. (Peek ahead at Step 7 if you’re an overachiever.)
- Fold the fabric in half like a hamburger and bulldog clip it together. Make sure you clip the folded end, and push the clips all the way down. This will help you know where to stop cutting for step 3.
- Start cutting your fringe. My mom always taught me to start in the middle and work my way out when crafting. This helps ensure your fringes will stay straight and not start to slant like an italic as you work your way from one side to another. The key to this step is consistency. Keep each fringe the same width, and stop your cut just before you reach the clip. I do one side at a time. It takes a few extra minutes, but your cuts will look much cleaner that way.
- Remove the clips and lay flat, right side down. You should be looking at the underside of the fabric. Roll it up, leaving a small edge exposed so you can add superglue.
- Carefully add a small strip of superglue close to the edge and clamp with a bulldog clip. Be careful not to let the clip (or your fingers) touch the glue. Extra skin is not cute on a tassel keychain. Trust me. (Btw, if you accidentally adhere yourself to your new keychain, tab some mineral spirits on a q-tip and carefully work yourself free. This may or may not have happened to me. Three times.)
- Let the glue dry for about a minute. Use this time to make sure you’re following me on all forms of social media and see what I’ve been up to! 😉
- Go back to your fabric and cut one extra strip of faux leather to use as your wrap. You can do this at the beginning if you’re smarter than I was. Try to cut it the same width as your fringe.
- Slip on the keyring of your choice and fold the tassel over in half. Try to cover the seam on the underside of the fold.
- Place a dot of superglue on the underside of one end of the strip of fabric you cut for the wrap. Place it at the top of the fringe and continue wrapping around, leaving about one inch at the end.
- Dot a bit more superglue on the remaining inch and tack it down. Give it another minute or so to fully dry.
Tada! You did it! So easy, right? I made about four of these in 20 minutes. These make great add-ons to any gift. Take it a step further and add it to a handbag for a bit of interest. Or (I’m dying to try this), switch out the keyring for a jewelry clasp and add a smaller version of this tassel to a simple pair of heeled sandals! What else will you use these tassels for? I’d love to hear your ideas! If you try out this DIY, be sure to post a photo and tag me (@aheadoverheels). Can’t wait to see!