Suede Leather Pendant Necklace
What you will make:
In this project, create a necklace from scraps of suede leather and a
length of plastic lacing. This is a simple leather craft suitable for
beginners and children. Just cut a pendant from leather, glue on motifs
of a contrasting color, fold over the top and string the pendant onto
the lacing. Choose from several pendant styles and seven motif designs.
This leather craft requires just a couple of scraps of suede. Use
leftovers from other projects or purchase a suede grab bag from the
Related craft: Make a matching cuff bracelet. See
how in the
Suede Leather Bracelets craft project.
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper or cardstock
- Ballpoint pen
- Heavy-duty craft scissors
- Contact cement or tacky glue
- Toothpicks for spreading glue
- Optional: Leather snippers, craft knife (or
rotary cutter) and cutting mat
- Suede leather in two contrasting colors: medium weight, 1/16" (2
• Pendant piece: about 2" by 3" (50 by 80 mm)
• Motif piece: about 1½" by 3" (35 by 80 mm)
- Plastic lacing: 26" (65 cm) or longer
This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make a Suede Leather Pendant Necklace
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Download and Print Pattern
Download and print one of the
Suede Leather Pendant patterns. Each pattern sheet
has seven pendant styles and three or four motif patterns—teddy
bear, paisley, and heart or
butterfly and bird.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
Step 2: Cut Patterns
Cut out the pendant and motif patterns of your choice. See the
step 5 illustration for design
ideas. Aunt Annie includes several copies of each motif pattern in case one gets
Tip: For more permanent and reusable patterns,
print or trace the patterns onto cardstock or lightweight cardboard.
- Step 3: Trace Patterns
Place the pendant pattern on your piece of suede leather. Hold
the pattern down with one hand and trace around it carefully with a
ballpoint pen. Repeat with the motifs, using a contrasting color of
- Step 4: Cut Leather
Using a pair of heavy-duty craft scissors, cut out the pendant and
motifs inside the ink lines. Leather snippers or a craft knife and
cutting mat can also be used. Adult supervision is required
when using a craft knife.
- Step 5: Glue Motifs
Decide on the arrangement of your motifs. It is
important to arrange your pieces before gluing. Spread glue on the back of the
motifs one at a time, and press into place.
Use a toothpick or other disposable object to spread
the glue. Do not get the glue on your fingers.
Tip: If you are using the animal head
motif, add facial features with a ballpoint pen.
Tip: Children should use tacky glue or be supervised
closely by an adult when using contact cement.
- Step 6: Top Flap
Spread cement on the back of the pendant flap with a toothpick.
The cement should be applied to the top ¼" (5 mm) edge
Fold the flap back at the inward points of the V-shape.
Press the flap against the back of the pendant and hold in place
for a few minutes. Allow cement to dry as recommended on packaging.
- Step 7: Lacing
Cut a piece of plastic lacing 26" to 36" (65 to 90 cm) long.
Pass the lacing through the flap of the pendant. Pull the
lacing through till both ends are about the same length.
- Step 8: Knots
Bring the ends of the lacing together on the table, one pointing
to the left and the other to the right. Overlap the ends by about 8"
Tie a single knot in one end around the other end length. Then
take the second end and tie a knot around the first end's lacing
length. The knots should be loose enough for the lacing to slide
inside the knots.
Place the necklace over your head and slide both knots along the
lacing to shorten or lengthen the necklace.
That's it. Your pendant necklace is done!
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